Inspirations to do the website. Two old friends from the 1970s have kept in touch and inspired me in one of two ways:
- Robert Molteno and I worked together at the University of Zambia in Lusaka in the early 1970s. Over the past few years, Robert’s recent writing has focused on his own family’s amazing history. Several years ago, he placed his materials on: www.moltenofamily.net. His example and advice encouraged me create this website.
- Fred Morton, was a fellow Ph.D. student at Syracuse University in the late 1960s. He is currently Professor of History at the University of Botswana and “bugged” me to continue research on, and also write about, the NWP. Without his encouragement, this website would not have been created.
Zambia National Broadcasting Company (ZNBC ) and especially Ms. Mbingila Chikumbi for interviews with Patrick Sapallo.
Close Zambian Friends since the 1960s and 1970s:
- Patrick Sapallo: Started at ZSS in 1966. Has been in contact since those days. He was born in Mufulira but grew up in Zambezi District. He now lives in Lusaka with his family. In the last 18 months, he has become co-author of this website. Needless-to-say, his comments on, and publicity about, this website in Zambia are deeply appreciated.
- Thomas Samungole: A student at SSS and later a trainee teacher at ZSS when it opened in January 1965. He was born in Lukolwe on the west bank of the Zambezi across from Chavuma. We have remained in contact. He now lives in Lusaka with his family. His website advice is very helpful.
- James Kanga: An initial student at ZSS in 1965, he has been in constant contact. He was born in Kabompo District and now lives near Lusaka with his family.
- Stanley Kamboyi: An initial ZSS student in 1965. Was born in the Chavuma area. After losing contact, we had a joyful reunion in the 1990s. In the past ten years, as a former military driver, he has driven me all over southern Africa. He is a farmer and now lives west of Lusaka near Mumbwa with his family.
- Pascal Bwalya Ndakala. Born in the Northern Province, but lived in Solwezi and the NWP for many years. We met in Lusaka in 1972 and have been in close contact ever since. He is now a businessman in Des Moines, Iowa. His comments in getting this website started have been quite valuable.
Renewed and new network of friends very interested in (or living in) the NWP. As this website has expanded since February 2014, old friends have reappeared in my life and new friends have appeared — kind of a web “chain reaction.”
- Margaret O’Callaghan has been most important in both introducing herself and many others. She has researched in and traveled throughout the NWP for many years. She now lives in Canberra, Australia while writing a book about the history of the NWP’s mining. (She hopes to complete this work later this year.) She kindly introduced me to Charles (Charlie) Rae, who I probably met in the NWP when he was a small child and who currently lives in the NWP. He has informed me about his current, fascinating work in the NWP. Along with Margaret, he helped me get in very fruitful contact with Alastair Nisbet — see below.
- Margaret has also helped me get in touch with Professor James Pritchett in Michigan. I had read his excellent scholarly studies, especially of Mwinilunga, but had not been in touch before. He offered interesting comments regarding our mutual interest in the NWP.
- I knew Alastair Nisbet as a small child and was delighted when we reconnected again in mid-2015. He had a large trove of his father’s photographs and in late 2015 spent a huge amount of time cleaning, scanning and sending me hundreds of his father’s pictures of the NWP that were taken in the 1950s and 1960s. Also my thanks to his sisters, Janette and Dileas, who approved the pictures’ use and have helped identify people and places. Hopefully all three will later collectively add more text about their parents (and themselves) when they lived in the NWP as children.
- Others have reappeared as new or renewed friends. One is Patrick Bentley who still lives in Zambia. He, like Charles Rae, has relatives going back several generations in the NWP. Another is Dick Jaeger who has retired to his home in the Netherlands. He is still researching and writing about the Kasempa District.
NYC institutions, friends and website helpers:
- Most important is the huge New York City Library system and especially the Schomburg Library in Harlem. The latter has one of the best collections of historical Zambian materials in the world, including the U.K. and Zambia itself. Many of the professional librarians and other staff have been endlessly patient in helping me find materials. These include, but are not limited to: Mr. M. Perry, Mr. A. Nelson, and Ms. S. Howard.
- Burke Library staff at Union Theological Seminary / Columbia University Libraries. Ms. Betty Bolden and others have kindly helped me with materials, especially photographs in old mission magazines.
- Valerie M. Edwards recorded and edited the introduction video for this website in 2015. She is a multimedia journalist. Her website is http://iamvalmarie.com.
- David Harding started helping me on the website in September 2015 and has advised and assisted me ever since. I am very grateful for his advice and especially his work on many of the old photographs used on the website.
- Dusan Zavisic for editing and typing, especially the papers of Muriel Williams Sanderson. A linguist from the former Yugoslavia, he is now a true New Yorker!
Moral support from families and close friends: My unending gratitude
- Wilkin and Gutridge families: Most important, Dan and Jan Wilkin, but others in my families of birth in Ohio. Fifty years ago, in 1965, interracial marriage was uncommon and the family struggled with my marriage to Zindi. Nor could they then (and possibly still cannot) really understand my interest and love for Zambia and the NWP. Still, in looking back, I deeply appreciate the support that all have given me as I have followed a notably different path in life than if I had stayed in Ohio.
- Gqomo Family in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I am told that Zindi’s marriage to me in 1965 rather shocked the Gqomo family as well. White men were enemies in the days of apartheid. Still, like my own families of birth, they quickly embraced me. Also, the South African (mostly ANC) emigré community in NYC never stopped helping when Zindi’s health collapsed. Lastly, Mteto Enoch Gqomo who died in NYC in 2006: he was and still remains my greatest hero.
- Special friends in the NYC region: Hugh Cole for standing behind me when my physical health failed three times in the last ten years; Eric and Dorothy Prideaux for their generosity in multiple ways; and Sye and Barbara Cohen for advice and benevolence.
PLEASE NOTE: The website will indefinitely remain a work in progress. If my mental and physical health permit, I will continue working on it indefinitely and certainly until I more definitively revise my e-book in 2017. (At the present time the e-book is mainly my old dissertation with useful, but minimal updates.)