8PM ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF JANUARY, MARCH, MAY, JULY, SEPTEMBER, AND NOVEMBER.
BEFORE RADIOGRAM 
on  KZYX&Z 90.7 FM, KZYZ Willits and Ukiah, 91.5 FM, Fort Bragg 88.1 FM  and streaming live and archived at KZYX,org

 

FOR THE LOVE OF READING
Featuring selections from great Novels, complete Short Stories, 
intriguing Non-fiction, and a little poetry,
Read for you by Linda Pack
 

 LINKS TO PODCASTS AND AUDIO FILES FOR EACH PROGRAM 

2022 PROGRAMS AND AIRDATES

Wednesday  May 4, 2022   at 8pm  (Pacific Time)
Journey to a New Home
works by Carl Sandburg and Willa Cather
and the true story of Helen Carpenter’s
Journey by Ox Cart to Potter Valley in 1856.
Read for you by Linda Pack
and Special Guest Kate Magruder

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!     JOURNEY TO A NEW HOME
 
Wednesday  March 2, 2022   at 8pm  (Pacific Time)
Tales of Cats and Dogs 
Poems, memoirs, and short stories 
about Our Best Friends, featuring  
Rudyard Kipling’s The Cat That Walked By Himself
    and  
Memoirs of Yellow Dog, by O.Henry
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!    TALES OF CATS AND DOGS

Wednesday January 5, 2022: Excerpts from
EVE'S DIARY,

(with interpolated extracts from ADAM’S DIARY) 
BY MARK TWAIN, 

Originally published in Harper’s Magazine, Christmas 1905,
it is widely believed that this piece is Twain’s tribute to his late, beloved wife,
Olivia Langdon Clemons.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!    EVE'S DIARY

 

2021 PROGRAMS AND AIRDATES

Wednesday November 3: OUT OF THE PAST: A TRUE INDIAN STORY 
told by LUCY YOUNG OF ROUND VALLEY INDIAN RESERVATION

Published in the California Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 1941. 
(courtesy of The California Historical Society)
The saga of Lucy Young, a Wailaki Indian girl who in 1862,
when she was 10 years old,

fled from slodiers and from white men who trafficked in Indian children.
 In 1939, when Lucy was in her 90's, she told her story to her neighbor in Covelo, Edith Van Allen Murphey,

Lucy Young wanted the truth to be told.

 
Special Thanks to my friend Liz Helenchild for her excellent research on the remarkable life of Edith Van Allen Murphey.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!    A TRUE INDIAN STORY
 
Wednesday September 1: CHALLENGED and CENSORED
Selections from Banned Books

Hear what many people, over centuries, have not wanted you to hear!
Featured authors include:
Nicholas Copernicus, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain,
George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, James Joyce
This program is in honor of Banned Books Week, an annual event sponsored each September by the American Library Association, celebrating the First Amendment and the Freedom to Read by spotlighting current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools and highlighting the value of free and open access to information.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!   Challenged and Censored
 
Wednesday July 7: TO THE LIGHTHOUSE 
A selected condensation of Virginia Woolf’s luminous, thought-provoking masterwork.
Beautiful, compassionate, and truly human.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!  TO THE LIGHTHOUSE
 
Wednesday May 5:  IN MEMORIAM
For all selections, use was granted by gracious permission of The  Author.
a selection from The Butterfly Kid, by Chester Anderson, 1967
a scene from The Greenhouse, by Antonia Lamb, 1966
an excerpt from her self-publlshed memoir, Conversations with Grandmother Redwood, by Bonnie Sanger, 2006
The Red Shoes, an environmental art piece, by Linda Pack, 2007
Kugel and the 200 Strats, an unpublished story by Lenny Laks, 2016
Like a Flower, Like a Fire, from Mendocino Malady by Bobby Markels, 1980
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!  IN MEMORIAM
 
Wednesday March 3:   Linda Pack reads UTTER NONSENSE 
Selections of Edward Lear: Limericks, A Book of Nonsense, 1846;  The Pobble Who has No Toes, Laughable Lyrics, 1877;   
To Make An Amblongus Pie, Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets, 1871;  and “How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear!” 
Selections  of Lewis Carroll:  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865; Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, 1871
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST! Utter Nonsense
 
2020 PROGRAMS and AIRDATES

Monday December 21: TALES OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE
   
Read for you by Linda Pack and special guests R. Bobby and Ricci Dedola.
  
Stories from around the world to Celebrate the Return of the Light! The Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone, Roman Saturnalia,  Norse and Celtic Yule feasts, the Jewish holiday of Hannukah, an Inuit tale of Raven, the Soyal Festival of Southwest Native Americans, and more! Share in the fortune telling tradition of the ancient Persian festival of Yalda Night with writings of the esteemed Persian poet, Hafiz
This program is followed by bonus episodes from the archives of Mendocino County Remembered - Remembrances of Christmas Past
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!  Tales of the Winter Solstice
 
Thursday December 17: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Being a Ghost Story for Christmas, by Mr. Charles Dickens 
Brought to life with music and special effects in an original, 1-hour Radio adaptation by R. Bobby, Michael Ducharme, and Linda Pack
This production was designed and directed by Linda Pack, and recorded by Alicia Bales at the KZYX Studio in Philo. The sound was mixed by Peter Temple at Peter Temple Studio in Albion.
CAST:
Ebenezer Scrooge, Peter Crachitt, Undertakers Man - R. Bobby
Mr. Dickens, Singing Child, Little Fan, Martha Crachitt, Charwoman. Maid - Linda Pack
Nephew Fred, First Gentleman, Bob Cratchitt, Marley's Ghost, Old Fezziwig, Ghost of Christmas Present, Old Joe - Lindy Peters
Second Gentleman, Ghost of Christmas Past, Belle, Mrs. Cratchitt, Tiny Tim, Lucy, Turkey Boy - Nichole Phillips
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!  A Christmas Carol
 
Wednesday October 7: THE YELLOW WALLPAPER 
a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, published in 1892.   The most original and challenging mind of the first-wave women’s movement, Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a philosopher, theoretician, writer, educator, lecturer, and activist. She demanded equal treatment for women as the best means to advance society’s progress.  Gilman’s landmark work, Women and Economics, was written in 1898. 
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!   The Yellow Wallpaper
 
Thursday August 20: THE SOUL OF THE NIGHT 
For anyone who loves physics, the magic of cosmology and   the music of words from a far-ranging and ingenious mind, 
THE SOUL OF THE NIGHT is a fascinating exploration of the night sky, with lyrical excursions into the science of galaxies, quasars, dark matter, eclipses and more. Poised between poetry and physics, astronomer and physicist Chet Raymo shows us that science and passion
are intimately and irrepressibly connected. 
Selections from The Soul of the Night, An Astronomical Pilgrimage by Chet Raymo, copyright 1992. Used by permission of the author.
LISTEN TO THE SOUL OF THE NIGHT on KZYX.org!  Scroll to the bottom of the page:  For the Love of Reading
 
Thursday June 4: THE FRIENDSHIP OF BOOKS  
 If on A Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. Copyright 1979 by Italo Calvino, used by permission of the Wylie Agency LLC.   “On Rapture”from I Feel Bad About My Neck, and other thoughts on being a Woman, by Nora Ephron. Copyright 2006 by Heartburn Enterprises, Inc., used by permission of the Estate of Nora Ephron.   "I Go Back to the House for a Book” from Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins,  copyright 1998. Aired by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.   “Thesaurus” from The Art of Drowning by Billy Collins, copyright 1995. Aired by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.   “Wants” by Grace Paley, from Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. Copyright 1994 by Grace Paley, used by permission of the Estate of Grace Paley.
also: Gutenberg’s Printing Press. Roget’s Thesaurus. Dewey’s Decimal System and Burma Shave Signs.   
LISTEN TO THE FRIENDSHIP OF BOOKS on KZYX.org!  Scroll to the bottom of the page:  For the Love of Reading
 
Friday May 29: YOUR OWN BACKYARD  
A selection from the opening chapters of My Antonia by Willa Cather, 1918    “The Huckabuck Family and How They Raised Popcorn in Nebraska and Quit and Came Back” from Rootabaga Pigeons by Carl Sandburg, 1923    "A Gardener’s Prayer” from A Gardener’s Year by Karel Capek
LISTEN TO YOUR OWN BACKYARD on KZYX.org!  Scroll to the bottom of the page:  For the Love of Reading
 
Thursday April 16:  TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DREAM  
a selection from the Overture to In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust,     The Little Hours, a short story by Dorothy Parker  (Linda Pack wishes to thank the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for authorizing this use of Dorothy Parker's work.)  The Tale of Ceux and Alcyone by Ovid    also: The Gates of Horn and Ivory, and two speeches from William  Shakespeare’s The Tempest
LISTEN TO TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DREAM on KZYX.org!  Scroll to the bottom of the page:  For the Love of Reading
 
Thursday February 20: THE MIRACULOUS PITCHER from A Wonder Book  by Nathaniel Hawthorne
LISTEN TO THE MIRACULOUS PITCHER on KZYX.org!  Scroll to the bottom of the page:  For the Love of Reading


Occasionally, For the Love of Reading will be followed by an archival episode of Mendocino County Remembered. 
These local oral histories were collected and published under the auspices of the Mendocino Historical Society
 for the American Bicentennial in 1976. 
Selected, edited, and performed by Linda Pack, produced by Mary Aigner and aired originally on KZYX from 2009 to 2011.


 

RECENT LIVE PERFORMANCES
 “Tales of the Winter Solstice” and "Christmas Classics & Mendocino Memories” 
 with Linda Pack and R. Bobby

Free Live Reading Events of Seasonal Stories at Mendocino County Libraries 
for the Whole Family!
  “Tales of the Winter Solstice”, presented at the Fort Bragg (Friday Dec 13, 6pm)and Ukiah (Saturday Dec 21, 3pm) Libraries, will share cultural mysteries and stories about this darkest time of the year, including the Jewish holiday of Hannukah, Roman Saturnalia and the ancient Persian festival of Yalda. Lucky audience members will have an opportunity to have their fortune foretold by writings of the esteemed Persian poet, Hafiz. The program concludes with a complete reading of Dylan Thomas’ mid-20th-century masterpiece, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.”
 "Christmas Classics & Mendocino Memories”,  presented at the Wiilits (Saturday Dec 14, 3pm) and the Coast Community Library in Point Arena (Sunday Dec 15, 2pm), will share reminiscences from early Mendocino County Christmases, interwoven with cherished classic holiday stories including the famous newspaper editorial “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus”, O. Henry’s tender and moving tale “The Gift of the Magi”, a complete reading of Dylan Thomas’ mid-20th-century masterpiece, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” and Clement Moore’s beloved “A Visit From Saint Nicholas”. 
These free, one-hour programs are presented by Mendocino County Cultural Services. 

CHALLENGED and CENSORED         Linda Pack reads selections from Banned Books 
 "Come and hear what many people over many years have not wanted you to hear!"  
  Linda will read selections from eight banned or challenged books.   The audience will be given a list of forty banned titles and try to guess the book. 

Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) is an annual event celebrating the First Amendment and the Freedom to Read.
It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools and highlights the value of free and open access to information.  

The Soul of the Night: An Astronomical Pilgrimage    by Chet Raymo
This Free Event is suitable for all ages, and anyone who loves physics, the magic of cosmology and   the music of words from a far-ranging and ingenious mind. Poised between poetry and physics, THE SOUL OF THE NIGHT is a fascinating exploration of the night sky, with lyrical excursions into the science of galaxies, quasars, dark matter, eclipses and more.  Astronomer and physicist Chet Raymo shows us that science and passion are intimately and irrepressibly connected.
"
Reading Chet Raymo is like taking a deep, cleansing breath and exhaling slowly  one is filled with inspiration and joy.
 
More than learning about the wonder of the night sky and beyond, you become part of it."

To the Lighthouse
at the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse!
Selections from Virginia Woolf’s masterpiece "To the Lighthouse"
A stream of consciousness, poetic painting of a book, from the perspective of each character. It's beautiful, compassionate, and truly human.  
This extraordinary event is sponsored by the Friends of the Fort Bragg Library. 

A Flight of YA Fiction
a Sampling of Selections from fabulous Young Adult novels
Angie Thomas - The Hate U Give
Phillip Pullman - The Ruby in the Smoke
John Green - The Fault in Our Stars 
Holly Black - The Darkest Part of the Forest 
at the Willits Library   on Friday Afternoon,  May 24,     4pm to 5pm 

TILL THE BOYS COME HOME    The Popular Music of World War I
with Jack Leung, piano  
Opening of “Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I”  an exhibit from the National Archives
Free to the Public at the Mendocino County Museum    400 East Commercial St., Willits 
America's entry into the First World War marked a turning point in the nation's musical life,with 
stirring songs to boost morale:
 Over There/K-K-K Katy/How you Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Farm/Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning/I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier/ Keep the Home Fires Burning and many more!

Good News!
KGUA 88.3-FM, in Gualala. is now airing Mendocino County Remembered 
on Sundays at 12:55 pm, following “Travels with Rick Steves”.
The same segment will re-air on Mondays at 11:55 am and 5:55pm. 
If you are out of their listening area range, KGUA also streams live at KGUA.org.
Just hit “Listen Live” at the top of the page.

KGUA Station Manager Peggy Berryhill says, 
              "Mendocino County Remembered" is a wonderful five-minute radio series narrated by Linda Pack. Pack is also a Mendocino county gem. She acts, sings, produces, directs and she breathes life into the writings left behind by a breadth and diversity of Mendocino County residents in the 1800's. Each segment presents a distinct voice, a memory that reminds us of the hard scrapple lives of everyday folk. Each story depicts a way of life that is, sometimes, hard to fathom in our hi-tech information society.Some of the stories show the racism against the Pomo and Chinese while others share their voices of strength. Resilience is the key to understanding the people who lived here before us.
               Pack’s readings breathe life into the collection of memories from coastal towns and into the inland valleys. The diversity of the collected series shows a breadth of early life in Mendocino from farm and ranching families, the history of the Pomo and Chinese cultures, and features stories from the young and old. We are honored to give this series of 104 episodes a new home!"

Here is a link to an extended interview with Peggy about the series:
https://soundcloud.com/kgua/linda-pack-talks-about-mendocino-county-remembered

More Good News!
KMUD-fm, Redwood Community Radio, is now airing Mendocino County Remembered 
on "Women on Wednesday", between 10:50-10:59 every Wednesday morning.
You will find KMUD in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties 
on your dial at 91.1 (Garberville), 88.1 (Eureka), 90.3 (Laytonville) and 99.5 (Shelter Cove).
If you are out of their listening area range, here is the link to stream live: 
https://www.kmud.org/how-to-mainmenu-20/how-to-listen-online-mainmenu-140.html

                                     
THE MENDOCINO COUNTY MUSEUM ROAD SHOW
toured the County f
or four triumphant years - 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 playing to packed houses
and brought Mendocino County history to life in stories and song!

7 actors in 50 roles plus Great Live Music! The Museum Road Show played for One Night Only,
travelling to five communities throughout Mendocino County, in late Spring.
Drawing only on transcribed archives of recorded oral histories and other primary source material, audiences vividly experienced the personal remembrances of early settlers and more recent pioneers, and thrilled to true stories including:
 Helen's Carpenter's Epic Journey by Wagon from Kansas to Potter Valley
The Notorious Coates-Frost Feud of Willits
The Truth about the "Mendocino Indian War"
Teamster Walter Gschwend’s Epic Haul from Low Gap to Needle Rock
The Peril of The Little Girls Caught on the Greenwood Trestle
The Willits Childrens’ March for Prohibition
 and amazing ensemble presentations of sound, image, and virtuoso acting:
THE 1906 EARTHQUAKE,  illustrated with Giant Historical Photographs – some Never Before Seen!
THE LEGEND OF BLACK BART, with an original ballad by the musical ensemble All About Sally
THE CRITICAL ELECTION OF 1916, complete with a demonstration of "anvil firing"!
THE CATTLE KING GEORGE WHITE & THE FRAUD QUEEN OF SPIRITUALISM - a thrilling tale in 4 acts

Local businesses were highlighted on the set backdrop and a beautiful travelling proscenium arch, emblazoned with sponsorship ads in early 1900s style featured their services and goods. Extraordinary vintage photographs of county history were projected as scenery to enrich the visual excitement of these great stories.
 
A talented and versatile troupe of local professional performers included Linda Pack, from the Coast; Kate Magruder of Ukiah; Ricci Dedola of Mendocino Theatre Company; Nicole Paravicini of Mendocino Theatre Company and Mendocino Chamber Opera; Bryan Arnold and Billy Hetherington of Willits Shakespeare Company; Garet Waterhouse from Gloriana Musical Theatre; Tony Rakes, Nichole Phillips and Rick Allen from Ukiah Players, and Lindy Peters of the Coast. "All About Sally" and "Poonkinney Antique" collaborated and provided live music for the productions. The touring technical crew provided skill and expertise from all corners of our county. 
Linda talks about Black Bart on public radio KRCB! Listen here: http://radio.krcb.org/post/sorting-out-legend-black-bart


Contact Linda to create  YOUR BEST AUTHOR PRESENTATION
click on for Performing Artists for more information

This comprehensive and completely customized program of preparation and performance coaching is divided into three 2-hour sessions, teaching skills which will enable you to optimize your media promotional opportunities in various formats and effectively present your work in interviews, panels, readings & Q&As.
“I want to thank you, Linda, for the invaluable training & suggestions you gave me. The presentation was successful beyond my wildest dreams.”
Aiice Combs, author of “The Lady with Balls”

Consultant - Mentor - Expertise for the Performance Arts 


CELEBRATE WITH STORIES OF OUR COUNTY'S RICH PAST!
Linda Pack will create a Concert or Program for you and your guests or organization from your choice of her acclaimed oral history interpretations. Songs of the Period can also be included.
A festive and fascinating centerpiece for your parties or events! Contact us to discuss details.

 
 

Mendocino County Remembered

NOW A PODCAST!
A new episode is available every Sunday.
KZYX Mendocino County Remembered Podcast
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Listen to Linda read episodes of her immensely popular public radio program Mendocino County Remembered. Linda edits and interprets selections from the oral histories collected and published under the auspices of the Mendocino Historical Society for the American Bicentennial in 1976. The 104 episodes, each approximately 5 minutes long, aired twice weekly from September 2009 through January 2012 on KZYX&Z. 

To listen to selected episodes click here.

TEACHERS ARE INVITED TO USE THIS MATERIAL  -- FOR FREE -- TO ENHANCE THIER LOCAL HISTORY CURRICULUM.
SELECT A HIGHLIGHTED EPISODE FROM THE ARCHIVE LIST, CLICK AND ENJOY!