Sanderson and Sparks:Where it all Started
A panel discussion recorded at the GCRG Guides Training Seminar in Page,
Arizona, at the Wilderness River Adventures warehouse. Spring 1992. The moderator is Tim
Jerry Sanderson: You caught me off guard. A lot of beautiful
people here today. Brings the old river business back. Ive been out of it for a
number of years, but I still have a great love for that Canyon. Im planning on
getting down there this year.
We started back with my dad [Rod Sanderson]. I guess it all began back in
1947. It started out kind of as a hobby. I was not involved personally, myself, until
1959. Dad made quite a few trips down in the past, with old Dock Marston, and Jimmy Jordan
and a bunch of them.
Whitney: Willy Taylor.
Jerry: Willy Taylor. Hes still down there. In fact, I
think hes the last person that was authorized that we can. . . . that died, was
buried in Grand Canyon. From then on, everybody had to be brought out of the Canyon.
Whitney: Last one.
Jerry: Last one. Willy was an old bachelor. He never had no
heirs, and he had made several trips through the Canyon with Dock Marston and Dad. He had
a heart problem. Every trip hed go down, hed say, Dock, if the old
ticker gives out, this is where I want to stay. This is my home. Well, one night he
didnt wake up. And so they all took a secret ballot vote there was nine people
on that particular trip, and it was like the case of the...