The creative act of approaching and swinging an axe at a well known religious symbol, cutting away an instant before the strike has stayed with me all these years. The mind creates the sound of the axe bite even as the screen went blank.
Generous, competent people help others to change the world.
That describes you too Michael… and change the PBS world you did through the creation of “NOVA”. I should know as I was honored to be your Production Secretary at it’s birth.
This is pretty much a thank you note and a few rambling from this aging but still agile mind of 80 years.
Fond memories and thanks for your kind emotional support when I left GBH to get Nosotros up and running, Boston’s first weekly TV series in Spanish.
I was saddened that my “supervisor,” John Irving, was not at all interested in my doing a bit of research and grant writing to get something going. Boston had no television programs in the Spanish language at that time; nada.
The 21 Inch Classroom and WBZ did consider it a worthy cause so that’s where we started.
After six months of hanging out in laundromats, taverns, social welfare agencies, as well as advice from the Department of Education in Hato Rey, PR, we came up with a lively magazine series built upon speicialized volunteer “stringers,” who would develop content in specific segments.
We had a social justice piece each week (one was how to withhold rent from unscrupulous landlords), a novela or drama segment written by Billy Zayas called “Abuelita” (Grandmother) which dealt with generational differences, prejudices, and cultural changes. We had music, comedy, and a sense of some unity within Boston’s diverse Spanish speaking communities.
You came to WBZ to visit and see our set. Was it our first show or a rehearsal? I don’t recall. But your being there was special.
My plan was to develop and produce the series until established; then turn it over to folks more connected than I to Boston’s Spanish-Speaking communities; which I did.
Soon after I left, the magazine format was canceled and the time slot went into a Sunday movie hosted by Billy Zayas.
I recently tried finding some trace of the show and could find nothing! Lost in space! It must have been a Ghost Series as I have searched far and wide of any reference to Nosotros. Nada.
Thanks to you, after Nosotros, I got connected with the Educational Development Center for the Careers Project with our offices in Providence and Newton.
Thanks to you, the wonderful opportunity to teach at Hampsire College which was a great experience.
Thanks also for encouraging me to get into TM which was so helpful at the time. It began an amazing journey into Soto Zazen.
My time at GBH was inspirational and a great foundation for the rest of my professional life. You, Rick Lee, and a few other wild souls were so supportive.
It was getting a bit stuffy and time for me to head out as well.
¡ Gracias Steve ! Are you still on your motorcycle? I gave mine up for sailing as I have been with Lake Michigan since 1979.
How odd! I was thinking of you the other day when I heard an NPR interview with Fay Wray’s daughter and remembered our meeting her along with the son of President Cleveland at The Barnstormer Theater in Tamworth, NH.
I have fond memories of you approaching the alter of that church in Newton with an axe. Multiply and Subde aired 50 years ago and I think helped launch the first Earth Day in 1970.
Hope all is well,
To Steve Gilford: Out of one’s aging mind float the ghosts from the past. It causes me to wonder where the many roads that life has taken us did those individuals eventually travel.
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