Art Rosenblum was killed in a car accident on June 5th, 2002 at age 74. He was a peace activist since the 60's, a writer, printer, pilot, mechanic, and inventor. Art lived in the future. He called himself a futurist. He had a clear vision of the planet ruled by love. When he was 20, he went to Paraguay to join the pacifist Christian community called the Society of Brothers, where they followed the teachings of Jesus and held all things in common. He lived with them until he was 38, when he struck out on his own. For two years, he traveled all over the country setting up print shops for any group that opposed the Vietnam War, asking only room and board in communes along the way.
In 1969, he came to Germantown in Philadelphia to start a commune devoted to finding ways to bring about a whole new age of peace and love to the world. He created a small nonprofit organization called Aquarian Research Foundation. He wrote a newsletter for over thirty years about alternative lifestyles, safe energy, psychic research, and sustainable living. The first five years of the newsletter are published in his book, Unpopular Science.
Art had an offset press in his dining room, which he used to print newsletters and also a booklet on natural methods of birth control, which grew into a book that sold over 90,000 copies. When we married in 1976 after a 28-day courtship, I helped him edit the fifth edition. The next year, Art became a pilot at age 49 and started flying people all over to visit intentional communities. He took in printing apprentices to work for peace groups that needed printing done at cost. He printed and distributed 300,000 Big Party invitations in 1984 to visualize and celebrate, in advance, the disarmament of the world.
In 1988, he flew a Soviet social scientist to visit intentional communities in the U.S., and we wrote and produced the first video on such communities, called Where's Utopia? He influenced Ted Turner to create the Turner Tomorrow Award, which resulted in the prize-winning book, Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, who befriended Art.
He raised our two kids to be loving, free, creative, and caring about the needs of the world. He picked up every hitchhiker on the road that could fit in the car. He took in homeless people to live with us. He championed homebirth, home schooling, polyamory, communal living, natural foods, alternative medicine, and every cause that came down the road. He flew his small plane to Cuba a few times at age 70. He took in Freedom Summer kids to sleep on our floors every summer. He got himself arrested for civil disobedience trying to free Mumia. He promoted the Disclosure Project's efforts to get UFO information out in the open.
At 74, "seaweed man" still bounded down the stairs two at a time and built a loft with our daughter. He spent his last years writing articles to his listserv and teaching our son about electronics and politics. He started a free radio station, which the FCC shut down. He threw out our old printing press and got two old copy machines and made handouts about Dennis Kucinich and Israeli refuseniks. On his last drive out, he was transporting a computer that was to be the first in a project to give computers and mentoring to disadvantaged kids in the neighborhood.
Art wanted a world without money where everyone's needs would be met. He deeply believed that if he worked for the universe, the universe would work for him. And it did, many, many times. We even managed to keep an airplane somehow, on a poverty level income, because he did his own maintenance.
He never gave up trying. He said, “The difficult things we do right away; the impossible takes a bit longer." He didn't believe in death. He said that death is just a change of lifestyle. He thought he could be more effective from the other side.
Most of the back issues of his newsletter are still available from the Aquarian Research Foundation, along with copies of The Natural Birth Control Book, some of his audio tapes, as well as the videos we produced, Where’s Utopia, and Grow With Sound And Spray, which are available by donation.
You can read our daughter (April)’s speech, which she read at Art’s memorial, here.
You can also visit April Rosenblum's website, PinteleYid.com
for information on the work that she is doing to find a solution to the
problems of anti-semitism on the Left. Any donations for this project
are, as always, greatly appreciated (and tax-deductible). See the web
site for more details.
Our son Joel wrote a program to help women find their cosmic fertility times. If you know your sun-moon angle, all you need to do is go to this page in order to find the dates and times when your angle occurs throughout the year. Currently we are hosting this on our own computer, so it may be inaccessible at times.
Aquarian Research is a federally tax-exempt nonprofit association working since 1970 to find ways this planet can have a really positive future. We are not funded by any government or corporate interests so are free to look at any matter whatsoever that could bring the answers we need.
We look at all manner of new sciences, and also spiritual and cultural approaches. In 1970's we published the first book on natural birth control methods which, in 6 editions sold 100,000 copies in English and was translated into 4 other languages. We'd hoped natural methods would become popular and solve problems of over-population but discovered that birth control is not the problem. Over-population is due to insecurity which causes people to have many children.
In 1986, director and futurist Art Rosenblum was invited to the Soviet Union and met with Gorbachov's advisor on U.S. Affairs who later sent one of his scientists to help us make a video on communal living in America. Dr. Gladkov had done his Ph.D. thesis on American Communes but had never seen one. The Video is called WHERE'S UTOPIA?
It now has a long section on the German community of ZEGG, Center for Experimental Cultural Design.
Art also met with Ted Turner to get him to produce
films on a positive future, and so far he has only produced a contest
for the best novel leading to a positive future. ISHMAEL by Daniel Quinn was chosen from 2,358
Erik quit and went to the Village Voice which asked him to expand the article and made it a cover story. Almost the whole of that article is reprinted in our newsletter 230 (12/26/99) which you can get to by clicking here.
This new system can produce up to 1,000 times as much energy as is produced by burning hydrogen, and produces no harmful byproducts. It can provide decentralized power systems for the entire planet, and for vehicles. For instance, using this method a car can run 100,000 miles on a single tank of water!
All this is discussed in our newsletters #220 and #221, and a biography of Dr. Mills. We recently received a copy of his Australian patent, and have done four taped interviews with him. All this is available from Aquarian.
Since 1969, Aquarian has also published the Aquarian Alternatives newsletter, produced several videos and many audiotapes. At this time, we are not attempting to market those items, but people could call us for more information.
We feel that the new energy possibilities could revolutionize the planet in a very good way, but for that to really happen, we'll also need a major change in world thinking. Abundant energy could also be misused, but the new possibilities will really blow your mind. Every village could have electricity, video educational systems of all kinds, new ways to produce food and manufactured goods and a complete end to the use of fossil fuels.
We've also discovered a new system of organic agriculture which could bring healthy food to millions (without genetic engineering) and new cooperative lifestyles in which people could live a far happier life. We are going to have a really hard time between now and the year 2,000 as world computer systems learn to cope with the year "00", but in the end things will be much better than they are now. There is finally a possibility of real progress.
NOW BIG CHANGES !!
Radio for Peace International has (April 24, 1998) broadcast 35 minutes of our interviews with Dr. Mills. We have it available in RealAudio, and you can download it online by going to our radio programs page. Now we're working on a new broadcast which will be much more for lay people and at higher quality. Radio for Peace International reaches as many as 500 million people worldwide, but hardly any in the U.S.
We want to change that. In Portland, OR Art met with their founder, Dr. Richard Schneider and agreed to get tapes of their best programs to share with the low power FM or so called "pirate radio" movement - about 1,000 unlicensed FM stations operating on less than 100 watts, with a radius of one to five miles. Umax Technologies has donated a PowerMac S900 for that purpose (see newsletter #225).
COOPERATIVE LIVING will hopefully be the theme of other Radio For Peace Broadcasts in the future. We are beginning to realize that when energy becomes freely available, the competitive system would tend to abuse it. But in future, we'll need much more cooperative living instead of competition. Therefore we'll already be working with the Fellowship For Intentional Communities and using their website: www.ic.org to attract those who respond to our Energy Broadcast and lead them towards cooperative living. I expect Radio for Peace will agree to that, and I know Fellowship for Intentional Communities will be delighted.
Our work on a positive future goes way beyond energy solutions. Food and lifestyle are a main concern as are very low cost answers to excellent health. We can send out recent newsletters and audio and videotapes including the interviews with Dr. Mills, but we're overloaded with work until we get help with that also. We need free, creative, self-starters who want to change the world. Aquarian Research is a federally tax exempt 501 c3 and all donations are tax deductible. For printed information, send an address, label and stamps, or a donation to Aquarian Research (click to see our address).
There is also info on a type of helicopter that could be far simpler than what we have now and also info on Mumia's chance of a new trial. Finally we also have a way to get rid of your long distance bills and make every call a local call, including Information calls and local long-distance (intralatta) calls too!
Then follows the full speech to students of Evergreen College in WA by condemned political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal entitled "A Life Lived Deliberately" which resulted in such controversy that the Governor of WA was forced to decline his invite as keynote speaker.
Then a short review of PRISON MADNESS and a report of how a "primitive" tribe handles its offenders to create real and immediate healing and a report of how a group of kids have gained standing to sue major corporations on behalf of all children, born and unborn for damage to the environment, and finally latest news on Y2K preparations which still leave much to chance.
NL-224 is also about our search for community and many exciting items leading to a positive future for the planet. A history of Aquarian is included. The formatting is a little better than before, and we've got loads of pictures from our trip as well!
It turns out that the major importer of drugs to the U.S.A. is actually our own CIA and related agencies who are supposed to be stopping it ! If you think this is crazy, yes, it is, but it is also true !
Therefore only Ralph Nader appears to be a candidate we can trust and just possibly (with enough miracles) even elect. This is just more evidence.
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