The Dick Gregory I knew

The Dick Gregory I knew

by Jon Rappoport

September 10, 2017

I could start a conversation with Dick Gregory, and before I knew it, it would be going in six directions at once. He wasn’t just riding one wave. He was swimming in all the oceans at the same time. He was moving on his own time clock. Sooner or later, the currents of realization would come through to me. He was looking at a far shore that was more real to him than any present moment. He was already in the future, and he saw it like a grand impresario would see his own carnival. Grand, ongoing, symphonic.

I hadn’t been in touch with Dick Gregory for quite a while. When he died, two weeks ago, I remembered the days I spent with him, in the mid-1990s, in Washington DC and LA.

It started with a report I did for KPFK radio in LA on mind control. Dick happened to be in the studio the day it aired and he called me and told me to get back to him as soon as I could.

We met at the radio station and had a conversation on-air. A month or so later, I called him and mentioned that I was in business talks with a nutritional company, and they wanted to meet him and possibly bring him on board as a spokesman.

A number of phone conversations followed. I went to Washington and met Dick at a hotel. We spent the afternoon together. He was recovering from dental problems and wasn’t at full-strength. But his half-strength was greater than a hundred people on fire.

I began to see what he was after. He wanted to meet with the foreign owner of the nutritional company and propose several wide-ranging projects to promote better nutrition.

Dick was a PR man, the likes of which exceeded anything I’d ever encountered. He was a PR man for the truth, and his imagination was unlimited. He talked to me about a walk-a-thon across the US which would enlist ten thousand people. Entering the final leg, coming into Washington, people in the marathon would hold simultaneous press conferences about nutrition, toxic metals in water supplies, the effects of environmental pollution on populations. Dick envisioned a ten-ring circus of truth. As he described it to me, I went from highly dubious to believer. He had the vision, he had the energy, he had the visibility, he had the power. He was unstoppable.

He needed funding, and he saw the possibility of traveling with me to Europe to sit down with the owner of the nutrition company and come away with a check.

I realized he’d been down similar roads before. No one had stepped up to the plate with $$. But that didn’t deter him. It never would.

Long story short, the trip to Europe and the deal with the nutrition company didn’t come off. Several execs in the company came to consider Dick “problematical.” Well, of course he was. Who the hell did they think they were dealing with? He was problematical to the status quo, the medical cartel, polluting corporations, and the government that was protecting these corporations.

Back in Los Angeles, I wrote up half a dozen PR projects Dick had discussed with me in Washington. We met for breakfast when he came to town and I gave him my prospectus. It made him happy to see someone could take his ideas and put them down on paper and organize them.

Of course, there was still and always the question of money, where to get it, how to raise it, and how to make sure a backer would stay with us all the way, because all the way meant causing a certain amount of good trouble.

At breakfast that day, Dick spooled out a few more schemes, designed to wake up people, tell the truth, and draw major publicity.

On one level, he seemed like a guru of free-association and stream of consciousness—but that was just the beginning of his vision. He knew with great certainty that he could pull these projects off with maximum coverage, maximum embarrassment to the powers that be, and maximum education for one and all.

He was ready to put his whole career on the line without a moment of hesitation. He saw the decades of that career and the public cache he’d earned as the launching pad for the next phase—a profound form of public relations—relations with the public—on the basis of Knowledge As Power. He knew exactly what that phrase really meant. He understood how he could embody it in large staged events that would set up a super-real wave of interference in the mass hypnosis that was, and is, official news and official science and official crime.

Behind his quips and stories and remembrances, he was watching, with silent certainty, the passing parade of cultural insanity, and he had other parades in mind.

Greater parades, in the middle of which, buried facts, searing facts and revelations would emerge.

He was ready to turn the famous “there’s a sucker born every minute” into “there’s a conscious, awake, and motivated soul emerging from deep sleep every minute…”

Travel on, Dick.

Who knows what you’re going to do next?

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

11 comments on “The Dick Gregory I knew

  1. Dawn Vierra says:

    Reblogged this on Deer Heart Reiki Blog and commented:
    Sharing. In honor of Dick Gregory by Jon Rappaport

  2. Terry Adams says:

    Wow… Another good article. I played a clip of Mr Gregory where he talked about certain chemicals and how they were being used to keep people of color in a state of rage. I probably had more negative feedback from listeners over that one clip than I have had over anything I have ever played on air. They were upset – not because the gvt – OUR supposed govt – was doing this, but because it was Dick Gregory telling us the information. That is wrong on so many levels…While I certainly didn’t agree with everything the man said, I always tried to respect the fact that he had the stones to say them! …

  3. Reblogged this on John Barleycorn and commented:
    History and tribute

  4. SamAdamsGhost says:

    Thank you for this article Jon. Anyone could see from his video interviews that Dick Gregory was a man who thought for himself. Nowadays I can think of no greater compliment. May he rest in peace and enjoy his eternal reward.

  5. jmilamdeal says:

    I remember him as a comedian back in the 1960’s and that’s all I knew about the man. Evidently he was much more than just a comedian. This post was similar to the famous radio commentator in years past saying ” and now, the rest of the story”.

  6. From Quebec says:

    He had the vision, he had the energy, he had the visibility, he had the power. He was unstoppable.

    That reminds me of Trump. What people do not understand about him, is that Trump is not a conservative nor a liberal, he is an independent., just like Ross Perot was.

    But, in the USA, it seems like independents cannot be elected president, so, he decided to run on the conservative ticket. He fooled them all.

    Trump has vision and creativity,and he is a man of action, he is a doer, a builder. He is willing to work with whoever agrees with his agenda, no matter if they are republicans or democrats. His goal is to get his plan implanted.

    • Thisizwhack says:

      +From Quebec Trump is a high-ranking Freemason and is only acting CEO of USA, Inc. He is an actor/shill for the NWO agents. PLEASE try researching & weighing facts against fallacies. TPTB control all sides to ensure THEIR ongoing success. “He fooled them all.” NO, just many..including ‘you’. Not attacking you, just calling bs on your comment as you are parroting propaganda.

  7. Michael says:

    Are you serious!
    Another left leaning celebrity SJW bites the dust. Good riddens; he was pro ‘Black lives matter’. Pro feminism. He disliked or more truthfully, dispised ‘Whitey” man. Unless you were of use to him…

    He was deaf, dumb, and blind to the wrongs of black celebrities. And kissed a lot of rich ass to get his way.
    It was always a conspiracy when they (black celebrities) fucked up, it was never their fault, that they were pedophiles or sexual predators or murderers…he was careless and non existant in the lives off his ten children. And took credit for their successes, when he himself was an absentee father.

    He exploited racism and injustice for his own celebrity. His pretense of altruism, he was a fake Jon…
    He exploited activism for his own ego. He is no different than a Jessy Jackson, or an Al Sharpton. Or any of those black idiots who were useful to the poweres that be and the Matrix.
    He was one of the many of the millions of absentee black husbands, who can father the children, but when it comes to the tough stuff, you can’t find them. Emotionally or monetarily.
    America is plagued by black single mothers raising their children alone.
    How about somebody protest that?

    This guy gets nothing from me.

    His wife, a woman, got stuck with the hard work of raising ten children and that, was a twenty-four hour a day constant chore; and this hypocritical bastard dares talk about womens rights and voices for that activism. Gimme a break Jon, your blowing smoke, this guy was a loser…

    I have no time for assholes like this…


    ‘Once, he was at a rally in Atlanta, sitting onstage next to businessman Bertram Lee. Gregory started whispering to Lee about money woes, the children’s school fees. Lee wrote him an $18,000 check. Then activist Hosea Williams arrived, bloodied from a local protest. Williams started preaching; more money was needed for the movement. ”I gave him my check,” says Gregory. ”Damn the family.”

    “So Lil’ blows out the birthday candles. Lil talks to the children about broken love affairs. Lil checks on the grandchildren. ”People ask me about being a father and not being there,” Gregory says. ”I say, `Jack the Ripper had a father. Hitler had a father. Don’t talk to me about family.”’

  8. truth1 says:

    Michael, I know nothing of Dick Gregory, but I find your testimony interesting. Its quit the contrast and I never take that lightly. Often the truth is somewhere in the middle or nearly so. I have no interest in the subject, other wise. It is said: In Proverbs 1: 14 ¶ Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

    Proverbs 15: 22 ¶ Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

  9. JB says:

    What will Dick be doing next? That is problematic for Dick. It will be none of what he did while in this world.He could only infect others with his dreaming because those people had none of their own to pursue. Single mindedness of purpose has long been known as a fundamental element of achievement.

    What did Dick achieve? Nothing beyond dreaming apparently, for he didn’t even get on the world’s radar. Compare the lives of Dick and George Carlin.

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