Women’s Spaces Radio Show with host Elaine B Holtz, co-producer Ken Norton and guest Vesta Copestakes on 50 Years of Earth Day has been uploaded to the web archive. The show was recorded, broadcast in the North Bay and streamed worldwide over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM on Monday 4/20/2020 at 11 AM (repeats at 11 PM on KBBF) and repeat broadcast in Petaluma and streamed worldwide over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM on Wednesday 4/22/2020 at 11 AM.
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1. Ken Norton, Co-producer of Women’s Spaces, Producer of Scent of Light episodes
2. Vesta Copestakes, Publisher and Editor, Sonoma County Gazette
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1. Ken Norton remembers the smoggy Los Angeles air that he left to study at San Jose State College, and the Survival Faire that preceeded the first Earth Day in 1970 by a couple of months on February 20, 1970 as a kickstart to the era of ecological concern. Students from a Humanities course organized the student funded theSurvival Faire and the purchase of a new orange Maverick to bury in a grave dug on the campus after a solemn funeral procession through downtown San Jose. Students and scholars of colleges and universities around the nation were concerned over the environmental impact of automobile exhaust and pesticides. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin found much willingness around the country to found the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. The Survival Faire was such a memorable event with street theatre that the New York Times reported on it.
About our Guest: Ken Norton is co-producer of Women’s Spaces and its webmaster and soundman. He has been producing his 5-mnute episodes on the Scent of Light since May 2018, which are broadcast during the Radio Spotlight Magazine the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the Month on Radio KOWS 82.5 FM-LP in Santa Rosa, and available as podcasts. Ken assisted his mentor Professor Dr. William Hermanns for 19 years, helping him edit and publish his works, and Dr. Hermanns death in 1990 became Trustee of the Wiliam Hermanns Trust. Ken constructed and maintains a website in his honor. Ken has his degrees in Materials Science and Engineering: B.S. San Jose State University and M.S. Stanford University.
Guest Links: New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/1970/02/21/archives/survival-theme-of-fair-0n-coast-students-at-san-jose-state-bury-new.html
SF Chronicle article of 2010 recounting Survival Faire: https://www.sfgate.com/green/article/San-Jose-car-burial-put-ecological-era-in-gear-3266993.php#photo-2416570
Scent of Light http://kennethenorton.com/SOL.html
2. Vesta Copestakes wrote the lead article in the April 2020 issue of the Sonoma County Gazette called Earth Day – 50 Years of Steady Progress – Perspective over a Lifetime and discusses this with Elaine. Vesta recounts a policy made by Mao Tse Tung in China to eradicated the sparrows for he feared they were eating too much of the grain as his people were starving. This policy just made life worse as Nature responded with the lack of birds eating not only grains but insects, as well, with a scourge of locusts. She remembers Rachel Carson’s publication of her book Silent Spring and the role of DDT pesticides in killing mosquitoes, a food source for birds, Vesta then lists some improvements made over the 50 years, like recycling, the ban of DDT and the forming of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, only to be set back many ways by the present White House.
About our Guest: Vesta Copestakes is publisher of the Sonoma County Gazette, a community-building publication both in print and online at www.sonomacountygazette.com. Her mission is to connect people to share knowledge, experiences, and love of our home. In 2020 Vesta realized her retirement dream to sell the Gazette so she can head into her next adventure, exploring creative pursuits. Sonoma Media Investments purchased the Gazette and by 2021 will be carrying on the tradition of citizen journalism the gives readers a vehicle to share their ideas, opinions, and passions.
Guest Link: Earth Day – 50 Years of Steady Progress – Perspective over a Lifetime https://www.sonomacountygazette.com/sonoma-county-news/earth-day-50-years-of-steady-progress-perspective-over-a-lifetime
A larger Compilation is at the National Women’s History Alliance
April 22 – Earth Day, honor Rachel Carson today, a woman who changed America and greatly influenced the environmental movement with her revolutionary book, Silent Spring
Her Birthdays This Week
April 23, 1928 – Shirley Temple Black, cheerful and curly-haired child actor, singer and dancer whose career as a movie star spanned the Depression and World War II eras (1932-50), appointed U.S. Ambassador to Ghana (1974) and Czechoslovakia (1988)
April 23, 1933 (2011) – Annie Easley, African American computer scientist, mathematician, and rocket scientist, one of the first African-Americans to work as a computer scientist at NASA, a leading member of the team which developed software for the Centaur rocket stage
April 24, 1902 (1989) – Jane Lee, Chinese activist in revolution of 1911, came to San Francisco on student visa in 1922 to Mills College, became a translator and journalist, worked in 1930s with the YWCA to find jobs for Chinese women
April 24, 1934 – Shirley MacLaine, veteran film and theater actress, dancer, author and spiritual seeker – latest appearance in British television on Downton Abbey
April 24, 1942 – Barbra Streisand, singer, actress, director and producer, won two Academy Awards for Funny Girl (1968) and one for lyrics (to “Evergreen”) in A Star is Born, produced 51 gold albums, 30 platinum records, and 13 multi-platinum albums
April 25, 1917 (1996) – Ella Fitzgerald, “First Lady of Song,” internationally renowned jazz singer, winner of 13 Grammy Awards
April 26, 1888 (1981) – Anita Loos, novelist, screenwriter, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925), wrote screenplays for Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Clark Gable and Jean Harlow, wrote memoirs and Twice Over Lightly with Helen Hayes (1972)
April 26, 1889 (1982) – Margaret H’Doubler, dance educator, founder of dance in the American university, started college dance class using John Dewey’s principles at the University of Wisconsin (1917), wrote Dance: A Creative Art Experience (1940), the most widely used text in American dance education
April 26, 1907 (1991) – Julia Godman Ruuttila, union recruiter, activist and journalist, worked for the CIO’s International Woodworkers of America during the eight-and-a-half-month lock-out in 1937, raised community support, protested the Vietnam War, still walked in picket lines at 80 despite asthma, ulcers, arthritis and angina
April 26, 1933 – Carol Burnett, popular actress, comedian, singer, writer with a 50-year career in television, presented many classic sketches and legendary guests
Check links in case of postponements or cancellations due to pandemic precautions.
CANCELLED with hope to reschedule: April 19, 2020, 7 to 9 PM, Rachel Carson Returns, starring Lilith Rogers.
While you are Sheltering -in-Place, check out a website devoted to Rachel Carson: https://rachelcarson.org/
January 25 through September 13, 2020, From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County. Please note: Fee is required for entry to museum. For more information visit https://museumsc.org/suffrage-metoo/
League of Women Voters of Sonoma County has scheduled candidate debates and ballot measure discussions. See their webpage listing the events at https://www.facebook.com/lwvsonomacounty/
The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com
We Are Here sung by Sharon Burch from the Album Songs Of Native American Women (2014 Canyon Records)
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