I was able to meet Janie a couple of times, my good friend Lena was very close
to her. I attended some functions that involved Janie and I can honestly say
that there was no one in my life that I met that had so much energy and talent.
I am glad for being able to have met her and to have seen the results of her
gift from God, and that gift is literally thousands who learned from her.
Never met Janie, never hung around the performing groups but clearly Janie was
already a true legend way back in the late sixties when I frequented the
hallowed halls of BYU.
Janie was one of a kind, she had more energy and love for others than anyone
I've ever met and her impact on the lives of thousands of people is huge!
She loved every one of her students and had high expectations for each one!
She was an incredible woman, humble, multi-talented and she had a gift for
music, dancing and a deep love for her students. What an example of goodness.
Through her work with young performers of every walk, race and clime, Janie
literally touched millions of people over the years all over the world. I only
worked her the one year I was in YA's in 1979-80, but she was always
energetic and full of love for all mankind. Truly an inspiration. RIP, Janie,
you did it right.
I hear very little mention of the group, the Lamanite Generation, that she
founded, in your article. She did not create the "Living Legends" as
the editor mentioned. She was the founder of the "Lamanite Generation"
in 1971. The name "Lamanite Generation" was changed to "Living
Legends" in the 1980s. Many Lamanite Generation members attended the
funeral and that was not mention in the article.
I was lucky enough to be in the Young Ambassadors in 1970-71 when it was really
getting going. I met Janie first when my sister and I auditioned to be in the
YA's. I remember really feeling she was very important and I was so
excited to be in the same room with her. Over the next few months I was able to
get to know her better. It was great fun and very educational to work under her
direction. I left when I got married and have often thought of her and the
experiences I had with the organization. She was an amazing lady of great
Gosh... Janie... I worked for Brother Skousen for his lifetime and he was partly
responsible for you coming to BYU in those days. I was a Cougarette (1966) and
met you several times including the Utah California Women luncheons with Pat
Sheranian, Jan Craig Swann, and many other sisters... you were always so amazing
to me and I loved hearing all the stories about you from your students, seeing
your shows, and especially brother Skousen accounts of you... I was Southern
California Regional Dance Director in the 70's for the Rose Bowl dance
festivals and spent most of my life choregraphing and dancing and thought of you
always during those years... It's my 66th birthday today and my heart and
prayers go out to you today to your family and all those who loved and cherished
you and your life.... XOXO Lynda Kimball Richards