A Very Sad Week: My Good Friend Joe McGinniss Died.

A Very Sad Week: My Good Friend Joe McGinniss Died.

This past week was so sad. I learned that my good friend Joe McGinniss had passed away on Monday, March 10. It was not unexpected – he had been battling an aggressive form of prostate cancer and died from complications from it. Even though we knew it was inevitable, it was still very, very sad. Joe was one of the last of the truly honest journalists. He wrote from the heart but he also wrote the truth. And those truths made him a target of many critics. His very first book was The Selling of the President 1968, published when he was 26 years old and it was an instant best seller. It was a revealing look into the behind-the-scenes tactics used in Richard Nixon’s campaign which won him the presidency. In full disclosure, I hadn’t read the book until I met Joe many years later. The Selling of the President foretold what was to become the future pattern of all later political campaigns. It is still an appropriate look at the PR packaging of candidates. I met Joe and his wife Nancy in 1976 when I was working on my first Alaska book, Alaska: Wilderness Frontier. Along with two national park service planners Joe and I made a 13 day backpacking across the remote and beautiful Brooks Range in northern Alaska. The area Joe in the upper Itkillik River Valley would become Gates of the Arctic National Park a few years afterward. We also spent time in Approaching Oolah Pass the soon-to-become Wrangell-St. Elias National Park as well. Joe was just finishing a two-year Joe In McCarthy, Wrangell...

Come join us in Vail, CO March 11

I’m giving a multi-media presentation March 11 in Vail at the Walking Mountains Science Center. The program is on the Serengeti ecosystem and our battle to save it. Come join us:...
Tribute to a Great Person – Pete Seeger

Tribute to a Great Person – Pete Seeger

In 1972 I was privileged to take Pete on a whitewater raft trip for several days on the Snake River in Hells Canyon on the Idaho/Oregon border. We were still fighting to preserve the canyon and river from a major dam proposal. Pete was supporting us and, while there, wrote a song about Hells Canyon. I’m saddened by his death. He was one of the great humanitarians of this century and last. And a great conservationist as well. Rest well, Pete.  Pete ‘n me in a calm section of the Snake River  Serenading the Snake River  A duet.  Evening songs for our gang. With Jimmy Collier With Jimmy Collier  Pete at the oars in white water. The lettering on Pete’s banjo read: This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces it to...
10th World Wilderness Congress in Spain

10th World Wilderness Congress in Spain

 The 10th World Wilderness Congress was held in Salamanca, Spain October 4-10. Attended by about 1000 activists from 60 different countries, it was a pretty high energy gathering. I gave a presentation on our battle to save Serengeti. Great networking and contacts. It is always encouraging to see some of the great conservation work being done by others. Salamanca is a beautiful city, rich in history. The university here was chartered in 1208. In 1492 old Chris Columbus lobbied the scholars here to convince the king and queen of Spain to fund his crazy scheme to sail across the ocean. We all know what happened after...

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