Acknowledgements 2018-10-17T12:57:36+00:00

Acknowledgements for Inspiration and/or help on this website

Two old friends from the 1970s have not only kept in touch with me but also inspired me to develop this website:

  • Robert Molteno and I worked together at the University of Zambia in Lusaka in the early 1970s. Over the past few years, Robert has focused on his own family’s  amazing history. Several years ago, he placed some of 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 for several years 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 the late Patrick Sapallo.

Close Zambian Friends since the 1960s and 1970s:

  • Patrick Sapallo: Started at ZSS in 1966. He was born in Mufulira but grew up in Zambezi District. He became co-author of the website and worked on it for three years until his death (following surgery in May 2018.  He did most of the videos you will see on this site. He will be deeply missed not only by his family and friends, but also me as I continue work on the website. I now dedicate it to him.
  • 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 has been 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 were quite valuable.

Renewed and new network of friends very interested in (or living in) the NWP. As this website has slowly 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 important in both introducing herself and many others. She is a superb researcher who has traveled throughout the NWP for many years. She now lives in Canberra, Australia. She is writing a book about the history of the NWP’s mining that she hopes to complete later this year. She kindly introduced me to Charles (Charlie) Rae, who I probably met in the NWP when he was a small child where he was living with his family in the NWP. Tragically he died in a plane crash in March 2018.  At the time of his passing, he was dedicated to doing fascinating work in the NWP. Along with Margaret, Charlie helped me re-establish very fruitful contact with Alastair Nisbet.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Others have reappeared as new or renewed friends. One is Patrick Bentley who still lives in Zambia. His relatives go back several generations in the NWP.
  • Dick Jaeger has also had a lifetime interest in Kasempa. He has retired to his home in the Netherlands. He is still researching and writing about the Kasempa District and has added a useful webpage with his research materials.

NYC institutions, friends and website helpers:

  • The huge New York City Library system, especially the Schomburg Library in Harlem, is the most important. Schomburg  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 staff 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, especially Ms. Betty Bolden, 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.
  • 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 typed and edited much of my old letters, especially those with 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 NOTEThis website will indefinitely remain a work in progress. As my mental and physical health permit, I will continue working on old materials, as well as adding new materials.

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