t only comes as a pleasant surprise when a slew of frames you shot an eon ago are requested by a paying client for a documentary about a now defunct cult.
The Alamo Foundation, a right wing Christian revivalist mob, headed by the dubious couple of Tony & Susan Alamo.
Their mission to save souls out at their ranch near The Grapevine on I5 on the outskirts of LA.
The souls were winos, vagrants & disappointed housewives that they picked up from the streets in downtown in their red, white & blue school bus.
The would be penitents were then bussed to isolation in barns in the middle of desert nowhere.
Cold turkey & chatting in youngest would be their medicine to finding God with Tony & Susan.
Hopefully they would give their lives and cash to the cause.
Senior Editor, Tim Cahill of Rolling Stone decided to profile the whole process, allowing himself to be picked up as a vagrant.
This was Easter ‘73 and we prearranged that he would sneak a call out of the armed patrol guarded ranch to request exfiltration.
The exfil was perfected in a firing on 3 cylinder, Washington plated VW bug.
I smuggled in a Leica & long lens Nikon.
Got off 7 rolls before they got all nervous & Tim and I had to sputter out of the ranch’s fence line back to the safety of a public highway.
Tony Alamo died in a Texas prison after being sentenced for child abuse for the 3rd time.
The dyed blonde succumbed to cancer in the late 90’s.
Tim Cahill lives in Montana and still writes cracking tomes, his work also appears in Outside magazine.