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Photo: Miriam Novogrodsky and family
Miriam Novogrodsky and family
Miriam Novogrodsky

Hitchhiking As A Family [7.2.2010]

The fourth of July weekend means that people are packing their beach bags and coolers. Over the next three days, more than 30 million travelers will hit the road. We think it's safe to say there won’t be too many families that travel like Miriam Novogrodsky’s did in the summer of 1975. Miriam had a different kind of childhood: her family didn’t have a TV, fancy appliances or even junk food. And they never went on vacation. But one summer, when Miriam was 8, her dad decided to take the family on a big adventure. The adventure involved three weeks of hitchhiking. Miriam talks to Dick Gordon about her family’s only summer vacation, and how she has come to view the disastrous trip with some nostalgia and a better understanding of her eccentric father.

The Spill in Santa Barbara
In January 1969, the Union Oil Rig six miles off the coast of Santa Barbara had a blowout at the seabed. Like what we're seeing now in the Gulf, the coastline was coated in oil, killing shore birds and sea life as officials tried to both repair the rig and clean up the mess. The event was later credited with ushering in a new era of environmental consciousness. John McKinney was 16 years old and living in suburban Los Angeles at the time. He will never forget going to the site to volunteer.

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