DNCall Unmasked - Part 1 of 5

by DNCall 11 Replies latest jw friends

  • DNCall

    Prompted by the thread started by Wha Happened (http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/watchtower/scandals/179005/1/A-good-friend-of-mine-was-dfd-this-week), I thought I would introduce myself and tell my story.

    I am Frank Kavelin. My wife Barbara and I were recently disfellowshipped for apostasy. Long before we became inactive, I was mentioned in one thread and was the subject of another thread. I was the elder who was quoted in the Los Angeles Times defending an article that appeared in the 1987 Watchtower dealing with doctor/patient privacy issues. (http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/watchtower/beliefs/107603/1/A-Time-to-Speak-When-with-scans). I am also the brother who was seriously injured in the Santa Monica Farmers Market tragedy of 2002.

    My parents became Witnesses in the early 1950s. My father, Al Kavelin, who had been a successful bandleader in the 1930s and 40s, was, by the 1950s, struggling to support his family. I have three sisters, so there were six of us altogether. One day, while my father was networking in Hollywood, he ran in to Henry Russell who had formerly headed up the music department at NBC, West Coast. My father asked Henry why he was no longer at NBC and Henry replied that he had a better job. It was hard to imagine that there could be a better job than the one Henry had, so my father’s curiosity moved him to inquire further. Henry’s answer was, “I’m working for Jehovah.” Although my father had a sense of where the conversation was going, he asked, “Who is Jehovah?” Henry knew my father was the son of a rabbi, and so chastised him for asking such a question. At this point, my father wanted to end the conversation and said, “We’ll have to talk about it some time.” Henry replied, “Alright, when?” Outmaneuvered, my father invited Henry for dinner the following Wednesday evening. Henry arrived at about 6:00 p.m., and after a marathon debate, left at approximately 6:00 a.m. the next morning. These all-night sessions continued for the better part of two years. Based on these discussions and my father’s independent research, he became convinced that what Henry was sharing was The Truth.

    My father was baptized, and, close to a year later, so was my mother. News that a former bandleader and his wife who had formerly been a fashion model had become Witnesses spread in the Witness community. Bonnie Boyd Heath included my parents in her list of “Celebrity” Witnesses. Over the years, my parents’ generosity and hospitality earned them many Witness friends including a good number of the leadership, most especially Ted and Melita Jaracz. My father served as an elder for many years. He was quite visible in the Witness community because he conducted the orchestra at the large district conventions in Los Angeles. (Remember how much more of an event those occasions were before the Jaraczic “streamlining”?) My mother survived him by 23 years and was greatly loved and respected.

  • leavingwt

    I cannot wait to hear more. Thank you.


  • BabaYaga

    Wow. If I have not said so before, welcome.

    We are glad you're here.


  • Dagney

    (Yay!!! sniff)

    Thank you for sharing Frank! Looking forward to the rest of the story.


  • flipper

    DN CALL- A big warm welcome to you and your wife my friend ! You've been through a lot - welcome to freedom of mind and clear thinking and congratulations on getting your life back again ! Peace out, Mr. Flipper

  • Amazing


    I am enjoying your series. You mention Bonnie Boyd Heath. If I recall correctly, she was a close friend of Rutherford's lady friend, Berta. According to Berta's nephew, Carl Thornton, Berta was very attractive and lived with Rutherford at Beth Sarim. She also traveled with him, along with others. Carl use to post on this forum as Larc, and died a few years ago. We were able to meet in person here in Chicago. No proof existed that Carl was aware as to whether Rutherford was having sex with Berta, but he had a lot of strongly suggestive evidence that was the case ... and in those days it was common for JWs (Bible Students) to live together, because they viewed the superior authorities as of the Devil, and registering marriages with the Devil was not needed. Well, that was certainly Joe Rutherford's excuse, anyway.

    I will contniue to follow your parts ... it is fascinating to read. Thanks. - Jim

  • sweet pea
    sweet pea

    At last.

    ((((Frank & Barbara))))

  • wha happened?
    wha happened?

    I just spotted this thread

  • Heaven

    Welcome, Frank! Has your wife signed up here also? That would be cool! Am about to read your other threads now... thank you for sharing with us.

  • The Rapster
    The Rapster

    Frank and Barbara are such a huge part of my life, it's in my DNA! I was seven years old when he began my weekly studies. I can't tell you how many times Frank had to step in whenever youthful "transgressions" of mine occasionaly slipped out! He officiated my wedding. We reconnected in fall of 2008 and it was one of the happiest days of the decade, for me!

    So pleased to find this series. I loved Al & Virginia like they were my own grandparents. Amazing people. I will never, ever forget them.

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