Terry, I did not know you knew Sam Salamy. Sam was from my congregation in Oklahoma City, a good friend, and that is exactly the story I was relating earlier. It was Sam who told me not to use Hayden Covington. For what it is worth, if you knew Buddy Thompson - who went to prison at the same time as Sam, he pretty much got the same treatment.
Were you aware that Sam Salamy died suddenly of a heart attack about a decade ago? He was just firing up his charcoal grille to cook a steak when it happened. He remained a practising JW up until his death...I thought this was a tragedy too, in that none of his Lebanese family were JWs but they patiently supported him no matter what he did. My family went to see him in prison several times.
Thank you SO MUCH for this information!
Buddy Thompson and Sam were two of the sharpest, wittiest, most intelligent people I've ever met with tremendous talent and drive.
Buddy was endlessly funny. I'd give anything to be able to contact him. I tried for years to locate Sam. I'm so very sorry to hear about his death.
Is he still around? I've also wondered about another Oklahoman named Ron....umm...the mind just went...sorry. He played trumpet in our JW Prison band. Another fellow, Tollie Padgett went on to be a Missionary. He was a mammoth brain who did so much to help me learn how to study properly.
Wow. This really made my day. Thank you!