MOTHER's Newsworthies: Robert Redford, Helen Caldicott, Anthony Monde and Helen and Scott Nearing

Learn how Robert Redford, has demonstrated his environmental awareness and written a new book called The Outlaw Trail; Helen Caldicott is a prominent and eloquent antinuclear activist; Anthony Monde, is a virtuoso accordionist and designed a safety shield for bicycles; and Helen and Scott Nearing, wrote a new book called Continuing the Good Life.

| March/April 1979


Robert Redford wrote The Outlaw Trail. It is Redford's record of his three week personal journey to the legendary land of Butch Cassidy.


Brief: Robert Redford

Robert Redford is more than just another pretty face. His environmental awareness has been demonstrated, for instance, by his association with such groups as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Wildlife Federation.

Now the movie idol is an author, too. The Outlaw Trail (Grosset & Dunlap) is the actor's record of a personal "journey through time" to the legendary land of Butch Cassidy and other colorful characters of the brawling West. "We've already lost much tangible evidence of our heritage," says the man who played the Sundance Kid. "I wanted to see for myself what remained of the trail before it was too late."

So, under the auspices of the National Geographic, Redford spent three weeks traversing the route — from Canada to Mexico by way of Montana, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico — through the wild territory into which so many of the Old West's "badmen" disappeared at the first whiff of "law and order." Moreover, Robert traveled as the outlaws and settlers did, on foot and horseback.

The chronicle of that trek makes an impressive volume, indeed. With the help of Jonathan Blair's spectacular photography  — and Redford's own articulate concern — the book explores the beauty and adventurous history of the area, and sharply contrasts the past with the struggle of today's ruggedly individual inhabitants: the cowboys and ranchers who are fighting to protect their "great outdoors" from the encroachment of industrial "progress."

Brief: Helen Caldicott

"Because I see people die, I understand how valuable every single life is ... and yet a single pound of plutonium, evenly dispersed, could kill every man, woman, and child on this planet." These are the words of Helen Caldicott, one of the world's most prominent — and eloquent — antinuclear activists. The dedicated doctor, mother, and "world citizen" has become an effective spokesperson because she communicates to her listeners a chilling (but medically and statistically factual) sense of the atomic threat ... and also manages to convey her uncompromising love for all people — and all life — on our planet.

Dr. Caldicott — who is currently associated with the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston — believes that "one person can make democracy work ... all you have to do is have the energy." Helen's own life demonstrates the kind of energy that's required. In 1972, she started a one-woman campaign against French atmospheric A-bomb tests near her native Australia ... by writing a letter to a newspaper. Before long, she was researching and publicizing radiation dangers, mobilizing massive protests, even carrying the fight to Paris ... all this while working 85 hours a week as a medical intern!

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