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Acknowledgements for website inspiration and/or help
Two old friends from the 1970s have not only kept in touch with me but also inspired me to develop this website:
- Robert Molteno: We 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 family materials on a website. (It can no longer be used.) Most important, his example and advice encouraged me create this website.
- Fred Morton: 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 ), especially Ms. Mbingila Chikumbi, for her interviews with the late Patrick Sapallo, especially: Interview about Zambezi Secondary School.
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 all the videos on this site. He is 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 were generally in monthly contact until he and his wife both passed from this life in late June 2021. During his final years, he and his family lived in Lusaka. His advice was very helpful.
- James Kanga: An initial student at ZSS in 1965, he was born in Kabompo District. I regarded James as one of my dearest friends until his passing in late June 2021. For most of his adult life, he and his family lived near or in Lusaka. His advice was vital to my developing the website.
- 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 recently completed a book about the history of NWP mining. 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 doing fascinating work in the NWP. Along with Margaret, Charlie helped me re-establish contact with Alastair Nisbet.
- Alastair Nisbet was a small child living with his parents, Alexander and Marjorie Nisbet in Solwezi when we first met. I was delighted to reconnect with him in mid-2015. He had inherited his father’s trove of photographs that had been taken in the 1950s and 1960s. In late 2015, he spent a huge amount of time cleaning, scanning and sending me hundreds of his father’s NWP pictures. Many thanks also to his sisters, Janette and Dileas, who approved the pictures’ use and have helped identify people and places.
- Margaret also helped me get in touch with Professor James Pritchett. I had read his excellent scholarly studies, especially of Mwinilunga, but had never been in touch. He offered interesting comments about the NWP. Unfortunately he died pre-maturely in late 2019.
- 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 had a lifetime interest in Kasempa. He has retired to his home in the Netherlands. See his webpage that contains some of his current and past research: Kasempa District.
NYC institutions, friends and website helpers:
- The huge New York City Library system, especially the Schomburg Library in Harlem, has been very 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 in 2016 included: Mr. M. Perry, Mr. A. Nelson, and Ms. S. Howard.
- Burke Library staff at Union Theological Seminary/Columbia University Libraries, especially Ms. Betty Bolden, kindly helped me with materials several years ago, especially photographs in old mission magazines: Burke Library.
- Valerie M. Edwards recorded and edited my video on the introductory website page 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 also 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: This 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.