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
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.