||[Feb. 28th, 2006|06:47 am]
Dennis Weaver, alive for 81 years, will be missed. |
Sad news coming out today that environmentalist and actor Dennis Weaver died last Friday. I mean, tbh, if you make it to 81 and die in your zero waste eco home, you've done pretty good. And a life ought to be celebrated not mourned. So here's to you Sam McCloud (McCloud), or Chester Goode (Gunsmoke), where ever you are... thanks for entertaining us and even moreso thank you for the enlightened journey, and working ceaselessly for a bright green future!
Yes that's the truth-- Buck McCoy (from the Simpsons), the skittish hotel clerk in Orson Wells' classic Touch of Evil (or to my earliest TV memory Tom Wedlowe in Gentle Ben-- hey when i was a kid a TV show with a bear kicked ass!), was a lifelong vegetarian and eco supporter way before it was en vogue!
Mr. Weaver supported eco organizations far and wide. He obviously had a penchant for architect Michael Reynold and the earthships, building the world's phattest earthship around (which I wrote about just a few months ago)
Dennis Weaver was a great man. Not only creating a luch ecotopia for himself so he could shut away and ensconse himself in his own do-goodery. No, he hit the road in his 70's in a Toyota Prius to talk to people about how easy and fun a meaningful green life can be. He showed that you don't have to scrimp and chince in order to save the planet, that there are fun, lush, viable options for us and we ought to be embracing them,. Personally while I am sure he had fun in front of the camera, and while he was great in Touch of Evil, I think this was probably his most rewarding role.....
He was also on the fore front. Not just happy with Toyota hybrids, Mr. Weaver also funded the ever elusive Troy Reed and his magic magnet motors. I once met Mr. Reed and got a ride in his silent collapsing-magnetric-field car (refused to step into the feree-energy helicopter, but he swore it worked and the buyer in FLA obviously believed in it). And on the side of the car there was some promo for the "Surge Engine" and underneath it a big thank you to Dennis Weaver. Mr. Weaver you will be missed, but your legacy lives on!