First panels of Jonestown memorial unveiled - CNN.com Jonestown. 30 years ago already? wow, i feel my age now. I remember studying this and other examples of charismatic people misleading people back in high school. i hate to say it, but my teacher kinda sterilized this tragedy by only talking about the psychology of it. it wasn't until later that i really learned just how bad this really was. i thought that things like this couldn't happen again, (blame it on the 70s, weird times then) but we had it happen at Waco. i suppose the experts could explain this to me all day, but i doubt i will ever get it. really. how can a person fall for something like this? anyhoo, It is about time they got a memorial. personally, the best tribute we could pay is by doing our best to prevent it from happening again.