This was an interesting project. To take on this monumental task of interviews, field reports, and academic journal searches at the same time as a full semester of work and other classes to worry about was a tall order. Actually, it was more like ordering the largest size possible (Big Gulp or Super Size). It was very overwhelming at times, but eventually I found ways to conquer it.

My subject matter had been of great interest to me since I was a young child. It took me a long time to find interview subjects.

Notes from Interview with Jim Rahn

Lives on LBI

Used to have another house in Fairless Hills, wife taught at Philly Biblical University, drove up 539, went there 3 days a week

Earliest photos on website are from 1999

Believes one guy was the first one that started it, he painted it monthly, always fit with the season, saw him going by

He used to own a paint store, retired, used leftover paint in garage

Doesn’t know if he’s still alive

It changed every month

Now wife is retired, he doesn’t go by there often, but he takes his camera

In 2006 or 2007, it wasn’t the flag, it was a smiley face

He thinks that guy was the only one who did it

The rock section is part of the personal section on his website. He’s an educational consultant.

He found a tree in IL with cups on it

Talked to people on the phone about it because they saw the website and thought he was an expert

Met somebody in 2006 about it

It’s almost exactly between 70 and 72

The rock jetties weren’t there before the 1962 storm. He always wondered why it was laying there.

The original painter lost his wife, so some of his paintings were memorials of her (Millie).

Tentative Interview Ideas

I still don’t have exact dates and times or individuals, but here’s my preliminary interview list:


-Representative from the Patriot Guard that may or may not be responsible for placing the flags at the rock

-An expert in memory or death rememberance

-A representative from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance

-James Rahn, of

-reporters that wrote news articles about the rock

random fieldnotes about someone’s hair

I followed a man at the bowling alley on Tuesday night because of his very interesting hairstyle. The man was clean shaven with neatly trimmed sideburns near his ears, and his hair was colored a dark brown.
It was short overall, but his hair was cut a lot shorter on the sides of his head, approximately a quarter of an inch long. It was longer on top, maybe an inch long, give or take. The longer hair at the top of his head was gelled back, and it looked like he combed it while he was putting on the gel.
I then noticed a small space near the top of his hair style. Was he starting to go bald? This man looked like he was in his late teens to mid twenties. He was at the bowling alley with two bald guys, based on whom were at his table by the lane he was using.
I did not talk to this man or any of his companions. It felt a little awkward watching somebody and observing his hairstyle, but I managed to stay hidden in the crowd at a counter between the bowling lanes and the concession stand. There was a very good sized crowd at the bowling alley for a Tuesday night, partially because of league matches.