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00600 325 Fernando Avenue
00700 Palo Alto, California 94306
00800 May 21, 1973
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01200 To Whom it may concern:
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01500 My name is Lawrence G. Tesler. I reside at the above address and work
01600 as a research scientist for Xerox Corporation. I am 28 years old and
01700 have been a resident of this community for ten years, except for one
01800 year spent on land I own in Takilma, Oregon (1970-1971). I live with
01900 my eight year old daughter, Lisa, of whom I have had custody for five
02200 During our stay in Takilma, we were fortunate to become
02300 acquainted with our neighbors at the Magic Forest Farm.
02400 They were very helpful to us, teaching us much about
02500 building, gardening,
02600 and other skills needed to live on a farm.
02800 My daughter enjoyed visits to the Magic Forest Farm,
02900 playing with the children there, and reading the books that
03000 were always prominently displayed and extensively read.
03100 By and large, the children were highly
03200 motivated to learn both at home and in school.
03400 I have visited the Magic Forest Farm several
03500 times since 1971, and have seen continued progress towards
03600 their goals. They have made a happy and productive home
03700 for themselves mostly by perseverance and
03800 hard work. Janie (Jeanette R. Stewart) is one of the
03900 residents who stands out as a willing worker and
04000 a positive force in the life on the Farm.
04200 The Magic Forest Farm has set a fine example for the
04300 surrounding community, in which it plays a leadership
04400 role in matters of health, safety, and cooperative undertakings.
04500 Janie, a particularly responsible individual, deserves a large part
04600 of the credit for this.
04800 I know Janie to be a good mother, and well able to care for
04900 Larissa at the Magic Forest Farm or anywhere. I see no
05000 point in putting Larissa through the trauma of a
05100 change of custody for the advantages she might gain by
05200 living in a less rural area. It is true that some of the
05300 comforts of suburban life are lacking, but this is compensated by an
05400 opportunity for her to live nearer the roots of life, to
05500 get healthul exercise, to learn basic skills, and to live in
05600 an uncrowded and beautiful environment with a
05700 loving mother and with other adults who care for her.
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06100 Sincerely yours,
06500 Lawrence G. Tesler