Adam Wendt interviews Howard Libes, a Eugene area writer and music industry hotshot. The interview wanders around Eugene like a raccoon on LSD.
Howard Libes has been a writer for over 30 years. He edited the 2,300-page manuscript of If They Move … Kill’em: The Life and Times of Sam Peckinpah by David Weddle (Atlantic/Grove Press) and worked as a collaborator — writer and interviewer — on Among the Mansions of Eden: Tales of Love, Lust, and Land in Beverly Hills by David Weddle (William Morrow/HarperCollins).
He has been a freelance writer for many publications too, including Fuel and Los Angeles Times Magazine. Howard’s writing career has been sidetracked a few times over the years by the music business. Most notably, he managed the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies who sold over 2 million albums.
He is currently tapping into his lifelong obsession with science fiction and writing the SEEDER series. In October 2017, When All Else Fails, volume one in the series, was released online and in stores. The second volume in the series, Foreseeable Future, is due out in Fall/Winter 2020.
Val is a lifelong reader and writer who enjoys writing about strong, gutsy women who make mistakes and have lots of baggage. Growing up in puritanical New England during the 1950’s-60’s she was drawn to the gothic, the secrets, mystery and the dark side of human nature. She has received an Elizabeth George Foundation grant and the Monticello Award for Fiction. Val’s work has appeared in Scent of Cedars: Promising writers of the Pacific Northwest (Russell Dean & Company) and France, a Love Story (Seal Press/Avalon). Her femme noir novel, Revenge in 3 Parts is available online and in bookstores and her protagonist, Angeline Porter returns in Tainted Times 2.
Ty Connor has lived in Eugene for over 32 years and has tended bar around Eugene for over 25 of those years: he has interacted with a large volume of Eugenians at their best and their worst, drinking at the bar! Ty regularly performs as a pianist at local establishments, periodically hosts a Disney sing-a-long, is a spoken-word performance artist (comedian/poet), and has been seen “dropping his smile” while walking on the streets downtown…
Some of his favorite members of the Legion of Eugene Super Non-Heroes (…they show up late when something bad happens and offer no help):
EugCast host Adam Wendt had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Kenya Luvert inside our studio at Trifoia in Eugene, OR.
Kenya Luvert, a Clinical Social Work Associate, talks about some of the difficulties about living in Oregon as a person of color. Kenya, a CSWA (Clinical Social Work Associate), has earned her Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW). Kenya is a positive individual who loves to encourage herself and others to become their best self and to utilize the unique gifts and talents in each of us to benefit the surrounding community. She believes we can all be living, loving and learning in the present, holistically, with the whole mind, body and spirit. She seeks to give these gifts, among other ways, through mentor relationships.
Kenya served many years as a volunteer for the Eugene/Springfield NAACP branch in the role of mentor coordinator for African American youth completing a project in the Visual or Performing Arts, Humanities, and/or Sciences, encouraging them to identify and utilize their gifts and talents and share that with the community, and is spearheading a new campaign named the ACT-SO Program
EugCast host JoJo Jensen interviewed cartoonist (and so much more!) Jan Eliot, who started cartooning when she was a divorced working mom trying to raise two daughters, work full-time, pay too many bills with two little money, and still have a little fun.
Drawing (literally) from her own experiences, Jan tried to reflect real life and real emotions, with empathy for anyone with too little time, money or patience. Her first comic strip, Patience and Sarah, began as a weekly feature in a local alternative newspaper and ran for 3 years. It was reprinted in parenting magazines and books in the years following, giving Eliot the courage to try a second strip, Sister City, which ran weekly in her local daily paper the Eugene Register-Guard. It ran for 5 years, when the strip was picked up by Universal Press Syndicate and renamed Stone Soup. On November 20, 1995, after many years of wishing and hoping, Eliot saw her creation launched nationally as a daily comic strip.
Exhibitions Stone Soup cartoon originals have been exhibited in:
The Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa
The San Francisco Museum of Cartoon Art
B.D. Amadora, an international cartoon exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal
The Library of Congress, which has acquired 30 Stone Soup cartoons for their permanent collection
Habitat for Humanity Stone Soup characters are helping raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity International. Joan and Val appear on Women Build t-shirts and Safety Posters, the whole clan on Katrina rebuild t-shirts, and most recently in a campaign to promote the Cars for Homes donation program.
Women Make a Difference award, International Women’s Forum, 2009
College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow Award, University of Oregon, 2005
Best Book, B.D. Amadora International Cartoon Exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal 2001
Personal Eliot works from her home studio in Eugene, Oregon, where she lives with her husband Ted and her corgi Sydney. Her two daughters are grown and have families of their own, and still manage to provide material for the strip.
EugCast host Adam Wendt had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Eric Richardson at our studio inside Trifoia in Eugene, OR.
Eric C. Richardson has lived in Eugene, OR off and on since the 1970’s, is a father of 5, and is the President of the Eugene/Springfield NAACP – the nation’s old civil rights and social justice organization. Eric also plays and performs jazz on the standup bass at area venues like The Jazz Station.