As evidenced by the sheer bulk of this issue, our
oral history project is still under way. Funding for it, however, is a bit problematic.
Northern Arizona Special Collections has donated a great deal in the way of equipment and
transcriptions. And a special thanks to general member Misty Norby for a generous
donation. But its a costly process, the coffers are bare, and poor old Lew is still
a couple Grand in the hole.
What to do? Well, Don Briggs, boatman and movie producer, (River Song, Grand
Canyon Mule Ride) is hard at work on a film on the history of river running on the
Colorado. Youve probably seen him with his film crew at the last few GTSes,
Georgies party, etc. Don, too, has to generate funds, and has come up with a plan
that will help us both out.
He is selling one half interest in his film in the form of
several $6000 shares. Some of these shares are donated to the project in the
name of a charitable organization. When the film goes on the market, the first proceeds
will go to pay off these shares- that is to say, the charitable organization in whose name
the share was donated will be paid off. After that, Don will get half the profits and the
other half will be distributed to the shareholder charities. Cool, huh?
Well, Don has already generated about $2000 towards a GCRG share (or half
share). Hes hoping to find more donors to bring this amount up to $3,000, or, better
yet, $6,000. What this means is that once the film goes to market, GCRG will get a lump of
dough, followed by funding for several years. The Tides Foundation is handling the
finances. Weve earmarked this as the GCRG Heritage Fund, to be used towards the Oral
History project and other heritage related efforts.
So if you know anyone with a little or a lot to donate to this very worthy tax-deductible
cause, contact Don Briggs, 398 Eleventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. 415 864-6990.
Hell be happy to answer any questions. Thanks!