Health Fraud Crusader, Wind Expert Eulogy, and Other Profiles

An activist against health fraud and a wind expert are among the people profiled in this regular feature.

| March/April 1981

  • 068 wind expert - martin jopp
    Wind expert Martin Jopp was one of the nation's most respected authorities on wind energy when he died in July 1980.
    PHOTO: JOEL STOTTRUP
  • 068 boat builder - bob coe
    Washington state boat builder Bob Coe began making watercraft from natural wood in the late 1970s.
    PHOTO: WINNIE ADAMS

  • 068 wind expert - martin jopp
  • 068 boat builder - bob coe

The following profiles celebrate little-known MOTHER EARTH NEWS-type folks from all over.  

Dr. Stephen Barrett: Health Fraud Crusader

In 1989 Allentown, Pennsylvania psychiatrist Stephen Barrett formed the Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud, Inc.... a non-profit organization that has exposed and publicized countless swindles. "Very few people realize how often or how skillfully they're being cheated," says Dr. Barrett. "My guess is that Americans are wasting $10 billion a year on questionable health practices."

According to Barrett—who has edited a book called The Health Robbers: How to Protect Your Money and Your Life ($12.95, George F. Stickley Co.) and co-authored a volume entitled Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions ($12.95, C.V. Mosby Co.)—some of the more common frauds have included sex aids, hair analyses, fad diets, and spot reducers. The way to eliminate such deception, stresses the doctor, is to increase public awareness of the problem and solicit support for stricter healthcare laws. — Maury M. Breecher.  

Martin Jopp: Wind Expert Eulogy

In July of 1980 Martin Jopp—one of the nation's most respected authorities on wind energy—passed away. Martin began producing wind-powered generators during the 1930's ... and when America's two largest manufacturers of wind equipment—Jacobs Wind Electric and the Wincharger Corporation—went out of business in the 1950's, Jopp promptly bought up the majority of the companies' machinery and incorporated it into his own shop.



People from all over the country contacted the wind pioneer for parts and advice. In fact, folks often made "pilgrimages" to Martin's home (outside of Princeton, Minnesota) to observe the ingenious setup that still remains on his property today: Electricity is supplied by two 3,000-watt wind plants, which can be monitored by a battery-bank control panel that provides such information as the speed of the wind, its direction, and the number of watts and volts being produced. In addition, convertors switch the generators' current from DC to AC, and a circuit-breaker system allows only half the batteries in the bank to be charged when the wind is low.

Just over three years ago, Jopp was honored by Minnesota's former governor, Rudy Perpich when the statesman pronounced August 27, 1977 to be "Martin Jopp Day." The declaration was a way of giving thanks (that we should all share in) for Martin's many contributions to the development of energy alternatives and a tribute to "his genius, his warmth, and his foresight in realizing that energy is a precious gift to be cherished".— Joel Stottrup.  






Mother Earth News Fair Schedule 2019

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Next: February, 16-17 2019
Belton, TX

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!

LEARN MORE






Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Money-Saving Tips in Every Issue!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).


Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard
Free Product Information Classifieds

}