Smith runs a charity that sends out John Denver CDs and videos to those she deems to be most in need of his message of love: prisoners, single parents, orphans and the impoverished.http://126.96.36.199/search?q=cache:Mo ... cd=9&gl=us
U.S. v. MERKLINGER
16 F.3d 670 (6th Cir. 1994)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE, v. ALEX G. MERKLINGER, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.
Thanks for the link.
From what I understand, she no longer has the charity. She does, however, have a very creepy obsession with John Denver.
Her book on John Denver was thoroughly trashed by readers on Amazon. Here are some of the reviews:
Distracting and disappointing
October 29, 2002
By A Customer
John Denver was many things to many people, to some a happy camper whose view on the world was Far OUT! While to others Denver was a visionary, someone who inspired others to look more deeply into their values, their world and do something proactive about it. Although MS Smith attempts to explain Mr. Denver’s spirituality, the book is more “her” take on spirituality than Mr. Denver’s. It’s also distracting to find out that Ms. Smith never knew Mr. Denver personally so how can she claim to represent his views? After reading it I wondered why I’d wasted my time reading this. Rather than read this book buy more of John Denver’s later cds from the 80s onward and discover his spiritual beliefs through his lyrics for yourself.
It is a CREEPY waste of time and money………..,
October 13, 2002
By M. Count (Santa Barbara, CA United States)
This book is more about idol worship then it is about John Denver. I had been looking forward to reading this, but unfortunately from the moment I began I only became more and more disappointed and uncomfortable. The author moves away from the humanness of the artist and focuses on creating a picture of someone that we seem to be expected to worship as a deity rather than appreciate as a humanitarian. John Denver was a committed and conscientious believer in the goodness of the human spirit. I think you will find his philosophy is best represented in the tableau of his own music. Truly, it would seem a much better place to go to understand his spirituality.
July 15, 2002
By Cory Jay (Edwardsville, Illinois United States)
I’m a die hard John Denver fan, so it would be very hard to displease me. This book does. I know much more about JD’s philosophy, and I’ve done no research and only shook his hand a few times….The book is so full of praise you would think this man is Christ….I had to throw up it is so sweet.
October 10, 2001
By Douglas O’Neal (Clarks Summit, PA United States)
The title of this book is a piece of false advertising. I expected to read a description of the spiritual and religious views and practices of someone whose music I enjoy. Instead, what I got was a 150-page essay on the author’s personal new-agey definition of “love”, sprinkled liberally with hero worship. The book puts John Denver on a pedestal and presents him as a transcendent and perfect being; I prefer to see those I admire as real people, with real human imperfections.
Better books exist about John Denver…,
February 8, 2001
By cocoproducer “cocoproducer” (Arvada, Colorado United States) - See all my reviews
A disappointing book by someone who never met John Denver or heard him in concert. Miss Smith has rendered only personal opinions.
I still have no idea why she thinks she's qualified to be President of the United States. As far as I can tell, she never attended college (if she did, she never mentions it on her website, and that would seem to be important information if you want to be elected to the most powerful position on earth). I personally suspect she's running to get attention for her wannabe modeling/acting career, since when she first started her campaign, this is the website you got http://www.christinesmith.us/id67.html
I'm going to be nice and not say anything about whether I think she will ever get a modeling contract. Judge for yourself.
She recently said she might withdraw, and her reason is that she has not gotten much support because Libertarians are just not willing to accept someone as perfect as her. Well, that's the gist of what she said anyway, it's late and I don't feel like looking up the quote.
Her ability to alienate her prospective supporter base, as well as her overly high opinion of herself, is quite Chapmanesque.