Will Harold Announce Joan's Latest Promotion?
- Yes, it could be that Harold
Klemp will announce his wife's
promotion to ECK Master status
at the next EK Worldwide Seminar.
After all, time is running out for
old Harry to make his move and
insure he has a spy at the ESC
office after he retires.
However, here're some comments
from a person who knew Joan Cross
Klemp in a former marriage when
she worked as her husband's
(Bob Cross) assistant at Clemson
University in 1968.
Excerpt From: Honk If You Love Voltare:
A Religious Life (66 Felix Academicus)
by Prof. Sterling Eisiminger, at Clemson
"I wouldn't call cults a main dish on
the church picnic table, but I did pick
at one dish when a friend disappeared
into the black hole of Eckankar.
When I came to Clemson, I was assigned
to Professor Bob Cross for mentoring.
Bob and I hit it off; from the start, but
what fascinated me most about Bob was
the relationship he had with his wife.
The two were inseparable. Fortunately,
there were no children, for a Cross child
would have found the competition stiff
for parental love.
At work, they asked for and received one
office with facing desks. At home, they
read science fiction and took long walks
together with their poodle.
Perhaps I missed the warning signs,
but Bob missed them as well, for we
were both stunned when Joan announced,
"Earth is the hell for all planets circling
Alpha Centauri." She, for one, was moving
to California to have her astral shoes
"resouled" as the new editor of the Eckankar
Journal. In her spare time, she and her fellow
Eckankar disciples planned to travel to
various planes of the Sugmad and serve
their Eck master.
In 1997, some twenty years later when
I read of the thirty-nine Heaven's Gate
suicides, I scanned the list of the deceased
fully expecting to find Joan's name among
those tailing the Hale-Bopp comet. Fortunately,
Joan's name was not among the missing.
About the only cult that impresses me
now is the Frisbeeterian, not to be confused
with the Presleyterian, which is interesting
to me only in an academic, pop culture sort
of way. The former faction believes that when
someone dies, the soul goes up on a roof,
and no one can retrieve it. It makes as much
sense as leaving a devoted husband for the