NBC Evening News for Monday, Jun 12, 1978
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(Studio) Report is 1st in series on organization called Synanon, which began in 1950's as alcohol and drug rehabilitation program. Is stated that organization is now different kind of program and recs. different kind of attention Refusal of Synanon officials to allow interviews for series mentioned; details re: film also given.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Background of Synanon given and its history to date outlined. Bus. assets and communal lifestyle of Synanon mbrs., drug addicts, communal life advocates and delinquent children, examined. Org.'s ownership of land in California and other areas of United States and West Germany and Malaysia noted; its beginning in Santa Monica mentioned. Org. was founded by and conts. to be run by Chuck Dederich. Films shown. [Leon IVY - talks of finding love, humanness and firmness in organization] Reports of former Synanon members that organization is growing less loving and open and more violent, disciplined and militaristic stated. Changes in organization since early days described. Beverly Ferderber's decision to leave group reported [Ms. FERDERBER - thinks any organization dangerous that convinces its members that it is only way to live and thus causes them to do anything for organization] [Former Synanon member Barry ORINGER - describes feelings of impending violence during last days in organization] Synanon's relations with neighbors detailed; violent incidents noted. Ex. described is incident involving Alvin Gambonini, after which he sued organization and won. [GAMBONINI - quotes threats made against him by organization mbrs.] [Dairyman Bob GIACOMINI - discusses community fear of group. Upcoming reports outlined.
REPORTER: Edwin Newman
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