Bri Blahg… Morrison’s Father Addresses Florida Parole Board 1970.

19 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

I found this on The Velvet Rope this morning and thought it was fascinating. There is some debate as to it’s veracity, but it seems legit to me. Morrison, if you weren’t aware, had been arrested for indecent exposure at a Miami Doors show in 1969.

Here is the correspondence between Florida probation officials and Rear Admiral G.S. Morrison of the U.S. Navy.

Letter to Jim’s Father from probation department: (dated September – 24, 1970) Florida Probation and Parole Commission District Office

Admiral George Morrison,
I am presently conducting a pre-sentence investigation on your son.

As you are probably aware, Jim has been found guilty of indecent
exposure and profanity in Dade County.

Jim tells me that it has been 2 or 3 years since he last had any
contact with you. I would very much appreciate any comments that you
would care to make regarding your son’s behavior and his present
situation to include in my investigation.

The sentence date has been set for Oct. 30, 1970.

Thank you very much,

Robert Disher

Admiral Morrison’s reply: (dated October 2, 1970)

Thank you for your letter of September 30. I appreciate this
opportunity to comment on my son Jim.

I saw him last about 5 years ago during his senior year at UCLA. He
was successfully completing his fourth year of college. As in all his
academic work through grade school, high school, and college, he was
an excellent student. While he had always been an intellectual rebel,
he had always obeyed and respected authority.

In 1965 I began a two-year assignment in England. Although I invited
him to join us in London after graduating, he declined to start his
own career. Since that time he has been completely independent of me
financially and in every other way. We have very little contact with
him since that time due partly to the physical separation and partly
because of some criticism from me.

While in London, I was called by an old friend in California who had
been approached by Jim for a loan to finance his first record.
Concerned by his appearance, particularly his long hair, the friend
called me. I, in turn, wrote Jim a letter severely criticizing his
behavior and strongly advised him to give up any idea of singing or
any connection with a music group because of what I considered to be a
complete lack of talent in this direction. His reluctance to
communicate with me again is to me quite understandable.

Since returning to the United States I have on several occasions made
an effort to contact him. One time I was successful in talking with
him by telephone. Our conversation was quite pleasant and I
congratulated him on his first gold album, but nothing of consequence
was discussed. We have had no direct contact since that time.
However, while we all lived in California in 1969, Jim’s younger
brother and sister visited with him frequently and got along famously
as they always did during their childhood days at home.

Also an old friend of ours had dinner with Jim in LA several months
ago and reported to us that he was the ‘same ol’ Jim’. I have
followed his career with a mixture of amazement and in the case of
Miami, great concern and sorrow.

While I obviously am not a judge of modern music, I view his success
with pride. Based on my knowledge of Jim through his twenty first
year, I firmly believe that his performance in Miami was a grave
mistake and not in character.

I will always follow his progress with the greatest of interest and
concern and stand ready to assist him in any way, should he ask.

Thank you again for this opportunity to affirm my conviction that Jim
is fundamentally a respectable citizen.

Very truly yours,
G.S.Morrison, Rear Admiral USN

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