When did Darlene’s husband start working at the Times Union in Albany, NY?
Did Darlene ever visit Albany, NY in 1964?
Hi MaryAnn, I will share some timeline info I have gleamed from the Blue Rock Springs report, a 2010 forum discussion with Jim Crabtree, and the research of others. I believe Darlene met her first husband Jim Phillips when they both lived in San Francisco in August 65 and they married in January 66. I think within a month they moved to Albany where Jim briefly worked at the Times Union. I don't know how long after January 66 they were in the New York area.
Jim and Darlene also worked in Lake Tahoe and Colorado Springs. They returned to Vallejo in October 66 after an undetermined amount of time in the Virgin Islands. They told Darlene's mother they were in the Virgin Islands for 5 months but apparently that seems unlikely. By the end of November 66 Jim was at the Santa Barbara Star Free Press. In early January 67 Jim worked for a week or so at the Fairfield Daily and by June 67 they were divorced.
In 1968 Jim's adoptive father an ex CHP officer named Diamond Phillips died and a few months later Jim changed his name to his birth name Crabtree. There are Albany names in Darlene's phonebook but that book firstly belonged to Jim so it is unclear whose contacts they were or when they were entered into the book. I don't know why they decided on Albany or whether there is any indication that either had connections to Albany in 1964 but surely it is possible that one or both did.