Kevin Hoover on Legendary Locals of Arcata
Mike Dronkers / Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 @ 9:08 a.m. /
Author/KHUM alumnoid Kevin Hoover has a new book out, Legendary Locals of Arcata (buy it locally).
The Arcata Eye newspaper editor plumbed private collections, museums, and university archives to locate Arcata’s legendary locals. Hoover spoke with KHUM at 10:30am today about Arcata-born Parisian pop stars from the 1920s, environmental pioneers, and shampoo magnates.
He will sign books at the Jacoby Storehouse tonight during Arts! Arcata.
(pilot error - interview is missing first 45 seconds - MD)
From Arcadia Publishing:
Perched on a hilly clearing between the Pacific Ocean and a rainforest along California’s coastal highway, Arcata occupies a special niche behind the “Redwood Curtain.” A cultural and geographic crossroads, Arcata’s story is told in the faces of its people. The Wiyot were the first to inhabit Kori; their massacre on nearby Indian Island was boldly condemned by young Arcata (then Union) newspaper editor Bret Harte. Austin Wiley and sons carried on the newspaper tradition as pioneers Zelia Vaissade and Henrietta Moranda helped establish dairies on the Arcata Bottom. Arcata matured into a college town with Humboldt State College. Its first graduate, Susie Baker Fountain, became Humboldt County’s first historian. Working men like Warren Dowling built the town’s homes and churches, while the first woman city councilmember, Alexandra Stillman, helped usher in the modern age. Today, killing fields escapees Kimhak and Rasmey Chum make doughnuts and pizza that draw people at all hours, and Arcata fairly boils as a stew of contrasting traditions, styles, and icons with its artsy, eclectic, liberated citizens bringing Humboldt County’s North Coast its most vibrant tiny big city.