Flash Back Fridays

DOUG DOBYNS 1973

I worked up at the Lodge first in 1973 and had to leave to go back to Swe- den. You offered me a job and I was able to immigrate in March 1974. I worked mostly through that year and parts of the next two. I took off to go on the First Whale Voyage with Greenpeace, and again to work on the United Nations Conference on Human Habitat.

One of the things I remember best was going out to the West Coast to do a Survival Trip with Jim. We were accompanying some graduate students from SFU. It was around Easter and we ate shellfish, seaweed, and nettles. But the students lived mostly on schnapps and other sweet booze. It was stormy and we had to get the 24 foot boat into the kelp line. Jim and I had a good time watching the kids get wasted and stand around under a tarp, while we went out and collected enough food to have something to eat. I was running the Zodiac and had one ofthe best times of my life. Another time Jim went down tothe Comox Air Base to join a protest against the nuclear weapons that the Americans had stored there. Rosemary Brown was the featured speaker and we must have had two hundred in the crowd. Rosemary was an articulate black woman and for years a member of the B.C. legislature as a New Democrat. Like Eileen Dailly, she was ahead of her time and the strongest advocate in government for women. The military stood on their side of the fence and threw eggs and tomatoes at us, and Rosemary did not break stride in her talk. Jim didn’t get mad. On the way back Jim and I had some good talks – peace and ecology and all that. My kind of thing. Read more