When Tim Gullicksen began donating to a sperm bank in , he never expected to meet his biological children. Or envisioned the kids hiking, playing pranks, and competing viciously over silly games they invented together. But this July, Tim will—as has now become an annual tradition—rent that van, fill it with food from Costco, and take the kids out to Bass Lake for a week. Some have been coming to Bass Lake for a decade.
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The Sperm Donor Who’s Met 17 of His Children - The Atlantic
SINGLE Peter Ellenstein was having breakfast with a pal when a message popped up on his phone that would change his life forever - a young woman had written to him claiming to be his daughter. His mind began racing: was she really his donor child? Wasn't he supposed to be kept anonymous? How many more could be out there? Divorced and childless Peter had spent around six years donating sperm when he was a struggling actor but had barely thought about it since. But in the 12 months after that first Facebook message from daughter Rachel, he was contacted by a staggering 24 children - aged 17 to 30 - who discovered he was their dad using DNA testing and then tracked him down online. Since then, two other children have come forward - and three of Peter's daughters have even moved in together after discovering they are sisters.
It was wedged into my mailbox at school, a packet the size of a large book. I pulled out the envelope and flipped it over. I had been asking about him since elementary school. Back then my mother, single and a second-grade teacher in the Miami-Dade public schools, answered my questions about him in the same way she had announced her pregnancy to her students: The doctors helped me.
Now 52 and estranged from his divorced parents, he exists somewhere between Iggy Pop and Ace Ventura—a bong-smoking conspiracy theorist living with a load of animals in a broken-down RV on Venice Beach with many, many children. JoEllen grew up with two lesbian mothers who split when she was six. When she was 12, one of them told her about a website that allows children of sperm donors to find their donor siblings and parents. In his new documentary, Donor Unknown , British director Jerry Rothwell follows JoEllen Marsh—now 20—as she sets off to California to meet the anonymous sperm donor who created her guess who that is. VICE: I read that this film came about after Jeffrey contacted your producer about another sperm donation documentary she'd worked on.