Book Talk @Colgate U.
Colgate University’s Environmental Studies Department invited me to stop by last week. Those students are sharp! Thanks to Chris Henke, Andy Pattison, Joshua Finnell, Julia Sparks, Janelle Schwartz, and everyone who came to the talks.
Adirondacking While Black
Frederick O’Neal spent most of his time in the theater world, cofounding the American Negro Theatre in Harlem, which launched the careers of Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Ruby Dee. His own career included four decades of steady gigs on Broadway, in film, and on television as a character actor. He called Harlem home and rarely, if ever, ventured upstate. So how did this thespian end up being one of the pivotal leaders in saving the Adirondack Park?
“Forever Wild For All,” New York Archives magazine, Spring 2022
Mountain Lake PBS, the presenting station for the documentary based on “A Wild Idea,” has made the film available to the public via YouTube. Remember to hit “full screen” after you click below, because the scenery shots are incredible.
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Mountain Lake Journal
On August 6, Brad was interviewed by Thom Hallock, host of “Mountain Lake Journal” on Mountain Lake Public Broadcasting (WCFE-Plattsburgh). Watch the 16-minute interview below.
Interview by Erin Tobin
On August 5, Brad gave an online presentation to the monthly book club of The Preservation League of New York State. His 30-minute slideshow based on the book begins at 3:50; a lively interview by Erin Tobin, PLNYS’s VP for Policy and Preservation and incoming executive director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, begins at 43:25.
“What are you working on now?”
On July 17, Brad was interviewed by Pat Bradley, veteran correspondent for WAMC. The 15-minute interview covers the long process of gathering interviews for the book, reactions in the North Country, and Brad’s plans for Volume 2:
“All Brains and No Heart”
On July 8, Brad was interviewed online by Jim Hotaling, a planner who began his 30-year career at the Adirondack Park Agency in 1977. Hotaling’s job was persuading local officials to pass zoning plans that met APA standards, despite overwhelming opposition. He succeeded, slowly, by asking locals about their hopes and dreams. He said that for all of its conceptual brilliance, the original plan had a significant flaw because it was “all brains and no heart.”
Several APA alumni and scholars tuned in to the online session, producing an unusually in-depth session. Brad’s comments start at 4:00, and Hotaling’s questions are at 25:45.
Dick Beamish’s Review
“A Wild Idea is essential reading for anyone interested in how human beings can co-exist in reasonable harmony with our natural world.” From the print edition of Adirondack Explorer:
“Q: What surprised you the most?”
On June 9, Dr. Robert Chiles interviewed Brad for Northshire Books, then posted the interview on his channel, “Empire State Engagements.” (A: maybe it was the beer refrigerator).