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Memories of Phillip Wilson from Scott Elofson

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I have memories of Phil from the the early to mid '90's.


How is met him:


I was doing work on the video production truck at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA. My friend was teaching a video production class that Phil was taking. I was in the truck trying to track down a problem with system. And this older guy comes in the production truck with buzz cut hair and old clothes and by looking at him he looked like a truck driver. He asked me what is doing and I told him. And he just set there and watched me work. I am doing the for about a half hour and go out of the truck and go into the TV studio and go into the office and ask Larry, the person runs the program and teaches the class, who is this guy. He said he Phil Wilson. I asked him what do know about him. I know he is into Zen. I say "Oh, He is not into Zen he is Zen." At this time I been practicing different  forms of meditation and had different teachers for on and off for about 15 years. He was the most present person that I have ever met. From that encounter I knew the meaning of the phrase "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." I went back out to the truck and got Phil's story and I was quite surprised at what he had told me. 


From then on I would meet up with Phil at the college when he had video production classes. After those class ended I would call him and meet up with him at a Winchell's donuts store in El Monte. This went on for about 3 years. I lost contact when he sold his place in El Monte.


The most memorable meeting at Winchell's: 


We were sitting in a boot at the donut shop and were two people sitting at a nearby booth. 

Phil: (loud whispering and looking at her) " Psst, psst, I have some cocaine,  psst, I have some cocaine, psst, I have some cocaine." 


Woman: (She stands up quickly and in very loud voice) "I'm an alcoholic not a drug addict"

I have never seen anybody buttons pushed this well.


bye, Scott

emailed to DC end of March 2015. Posted 4-02-15