The Last Whole Earth Catalog

The other day, I was reading one of my favorite blogs by Urban Food Guy aka Mark Owen. . He included a video of Stewart Brand, of The Last Whole Earth Catalog fame. I hadn't thought of that book for decades. That started me on a search for my copy which, surprisingly, turned up on the bottom shelf of our home library just two rooms away.

The brochure tucked inside clearly said it was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection obtainable for a one book-dividend credit, plus $1.50, a big savings back then from the publisher's list price of $5.00! The biggest surprise for me was that I had written the date and my name in it: Patti Wilson, 1971. I haven't been that girl since 1972.

My copy was called The Last Whole Earth Catalog: Access to Tools. It was resurrected in the following years with catchy titles like the The Updated Last Whole Earth Catalog and the Millennium Whole Earth Catalog. I spent the better part of an afternoon browsing and reminiscing about the days when I was a hippie-wannabe. I wonder how many people I know still have their copy. Do you?

I knew I had to take the time to find my old, yellowed copies of the local and nearby new age papers and directories so I could refocus on the history of New Age in Gainesville. Surely, I wouldn't have throw them out. Dottie Zavada, my forever friend, do you still have yours? It took a little longer to resurrect them. They ended up being in clear view in my home office, just waiting for this present moment when it feels like enough time has gone by to actually call it our history.


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