Baptism of fire with a front-page appearance

This cub reporter’s undercover exclusive from a Moonie recruitment camp led to years of being mistaken for an escapee from the cult

20th June, 2021
Baptism of fire with a front-page appearance
South Korean evangelist Reverend Moon Sun-myung, right, and his wife, founders of the Moonies, bless about 3,500 newlywed couples at South Korea’s Olympic stadium in 2002 in Seoul. Picture: Getty

I was finishing a spring clean last week when I came face to face, literally, with my own past on the cover of a Sunday Tribune Magazine from 1981.

For those of a younger disposition, the Sunday Tribune was a successful newspaper edited by Matt Cooper, among others, which closed in 2011.

Staring up from the front page was a much younger version of myself, resplendent in one of Guineys’ finest donkey jackets. Imagine me being front-page...

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