Greetings Earthlings. A very special person has moved on from our lives, someone unique
and dedicated to her friends and to social and environmental justice.
Jean Grossholtz was still teaching at Mt. Holyoke College when I (d.o. )
encountered her at a meeting she called to organize a Valley response to
corporate globalization in the late '90s. I was immediately drawn to
her no nonsense feistiness, her in-your-face outrage at all the
injustice taking place in our world. It was that spirit, and her deep
knowledge and experience of matters both political and ecological that
made her the perfect co-host to share the microphone with myself and
Glen Ayers on The Enviro Show almost from the show's start in 2005. In
radio we have something called The Seven Deadly Words, seven swear
words not to be spoken over the "public" airwaves at risk of garnering a hefty fine
from the FCC or worse. Being plain spoken and often....outraged?
Jean launched into one or more of the Seven Words more than a few times
during the show, making for some awkward moments on live radio, and
perhaps a few chills in the front office. But that was Jean, quick to
call b.s. when she saw it and to suffer no fools. It is a sort of
honesty we so much appreciated and loved from Jean. She will
be missed. She is missed.
With this in mind, some of Jean's dear friends and radio colleagues join us for the hour to share their remembrances. [UPDATE: Listen HERE ] State Senator Jo Comerford, Attorney Michael Aleo, Chauncy Young, Valley Free Radio's own Paki Weiland & Bob Gardner join us to honor Jean Grossholtz. Also, Jean was a lover of many of the Earth's critters and pretty much a dog person, so in remembrance of her and the dogs on the other end of the leash who used to drag her around on the ice (often for the worse) it's time for..........Revenge of the Critters! Coyotes attack U.S. Marines....on their own turf?
Our Enviro Show Quote of the Week is a two-fer from Jean herself:
"All that I have supported, worked for, believed in has always been possible because of large numbers of people who were willing to go to the streets to stand up for fairness, for equality, for freedom. It is these people who have inspired me, comforted me, and urged me onward. And I have found them all over the world."
"This is the story of a rural kid who grew up to be a professor at an elite women’s college in Massachusetts and a political activist with an arrest record as long as your arm."
In the Enviro Show Echo Chamber we've collected some links relating to Jean, like this one from the Daily Hampshire Gazette. where they totally overlooked Jean's radio daze. More from the grassroots is this My Keeper site which is interactive, as is this one from Legacy. Jean also has a Wikipedia page. A Virtual Memorial is being planned for Sunday March 7th 2021 at 10am EST. You are invited to share memories, photos, recordings and get details of virtual event at https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/JeanGrossholtz/
Now it's time for the Bus Stop Billboard: