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The qualities that set Sam Cunningham apart and made him the brightest star in the constellation of sports figures during my lifetime were his genuineness, his honesty, and his decency.
American historian Leon Litwack had a distinguished career that included a Pulitzer Prize-winning books and four decades teaching at UC Berkeley. Born in Santa Barbara, he returned in 2013 to give a talk, the preview for which we run again here.
Tara Haaland-Ford told the author that being diagnosed with stage four cancer helped her identify what she should be doing with her time. That included fighting for causes that she believed in and recruiting others, for instance, against the gang injunction, establishing a Teen Legal Clinic, and creating the S.B. Survivors Network after the Montecito mudslides.
A take-charge leader for Santa Barbara since the formation of the Community Environmental Council in 1970, Hal Conklin was 17 years a City Councilmember, mayor briefly, with active interest in the arts, historic preservation, and community planning and development.