SPRING 2009
Vol. 39, No. 4
FEATURES
Table of Contents
 
  Filmmakers Turn Focus on Haiti at Santa Barbara Film Festival By Emily Einolander ’09
  Marine Science Teaching Facility to be Built on UCSB Campus By Gail Gallesich, UCSB Public Affairs
  To the Point: Q and A with the Fantom of the Thunderdome
  Alumni Perspective: Playing at Predictors By Maya Rupert ’03
  UCSB Alumni Association 2009 Annual Meeting Notice
 
DEPARTMENTS
  Sports Roundup:
Women’s Basketball Wins Big West
  Research Roundup:
Program Maps Out Marine Protected Areas
  Around Storke Tower:
News & Notes From the Campus
  Alumni Authors:
Music, Evolution and Tragedy
  Milestones:
’40s to the Present
   
COVER
  David Potter ‘01, and Blair Fox, both winemakers at Fess Parker Winery, walk through Rodney’s Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Potter draws on his experiences with winemaking in California, Australia, and France when producing wine under his own label, Municipal Winemakers.

Cover photo by Rob Brown / Winescapes Photography
 
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Christ’s Journal - Paul Alexander Bartlett and edited by Steven James Bartlett M.A. ’68 - Autograph Editions
Sappho’s Journal - Paul Alexander Bartlett and edited by Steven James Bartlett M.A. ’68 - Autograph Editions
Fabulous Parties: Food and Flowers for Elegant Entertaining - Peggy (Foote) Dark ’59 Ryland Peters & Small, Inc.
The Words and Music of Sting - Christopher Gable ‘91 Praeger Publishers
Columbine: A True Crime Story - Jeff Kass ’90 Ghost Road Press
Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin’s South America - Eric Simons ’02 Overlook Hardcover
Living Behind Walls: Inside the Desert Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Bruce M. Petty ’72 - Security Studies Press

Christ’s Journal -Paµul Alexander Bartlett and edited by Steven James Bartlett M.A. ’68 - Autograph Editions

In “Christ’s Journal,” former UC Santa Barbara Editor of Publications Paul Alexander Bartlett takes a daring step in this unique novel and places the reader for the first time in the shoes of The Fisherman. In this finely crafted and historically accurate portrait of the ancient Biblical world, Bartlett recreates the moving story of the last months of Christ’s life as Jesus may have experienced them when he brought to mankind a message of love and enduring hope. “Christ’s Journal” is illustrated by the author, who is also a well-known artist.
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Sappho’s Journal - Paul Alexander Bartlett and edited by Steven James Bartlett M.A. ’68 - Autograph Editions

In “Sappho’s Journal,” former UC Santa Barbara Editor of Publications Paul Alexander Bartlett brings the famous Greek poet Sappho back to life in a novel that reveals her loves, her sense of beauty, her reflections, and her inner world. Based on a careful study of ancient Greece and Sappho’s surviving fragments of poetry, Bartlett recreates Sappho in a lyrical account — illustrated by the well-known author-artist — of the life, passion, fears, and faith of this remarkable woman whose intimate journal takes us back to 642 B.C.
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Fabulous Parties: Food and Flowers for Elegant Entertaining - Peggy (Foote) Dark ’59 - Ryland Peters & Small, Inc.

Packed with advice and inspiration from three of Los Angeles’ most popular party providers, “Fabulous Parties” reveals their professional secrets and enables you to create your own sensational celebration for any occasion. Drawing on many years of hands-on-experience as floral designers and caterers to Los Angeles’ A-listers, Mark Held and Richard David of Mark’s Garden and Peggy Dark of The Kitchen has adapted the principles of putting together a large, lavish event to a more intimate scale and lower budget. The harmonious relationship between food and flowers is showcased in 20 themed events inspired by those created for their celebrity clients. All of the events included have a theme, decor, and menu.
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The Words and Music of Sting - Christopher Gable ‘91 - Praeger Publishers

Sting has successfully established himself as one of the most important singer-songwriters in Western popular music over the past 20 years. This book subdivides Sting’s life and works into rough periods of creative activity and offers a fantastic opportunity to view Sting’s many stylistic changes within a coherent general framework. After analyzing Sting’s musical output album by album and song by song, author Gable sums up Sting’s accomplishments and places him on the continuum of influential singer-songwriters, showing how he differs from and relates to other artists of the same period. A discography, filmography, and bibliography conclude the work.
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Columbine: A True Crime Story - Jeff Kass ’90 - Ghost Road Press

Ten years after Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 classmates and a teacher, Columbine remains the world’s most iconic school shooting. This is the first book of investigative journalism to tell the complete story of that day at Columbine High School, the far-reaching consequences, and the common denominators among school shooters across the country. Kass was one of the first reporters on the scene and has continued to cover the story as a staff writer for Denver’s Rocky Mountain News. The result of 10 years of research and exclusive information, the book reaches into fundamental American themes of violence, racism, parenting, and policing. In the book, Kass concludes with the tale of the tattered police investigation and how one of the most controversial victims’ families faces down a modern American tragedy as the cameras roll.
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Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin’s South America - Eric Simons ’02 - Overlook Hardcover

One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, the self-proclaimed “southernmost city in the world,” writer Eric Simons picked up a copy of Charles Darwin’s “The Voyage of the Beagle.” Simons had just hiked the mountains overlooking Beagle Channel, and he found himself engrossed in Darwin’s account. Like Simons, Darwin was in his mid-20s when he traveled to the continent. Simons trekked to as many of the locations Darwin wrote about as he could find to see if he could see these places through Darwin’s eyes, and to learn what South Americans know about Darwin. 2009 is a double-anniversary year for Darwin: the 200th anniversary of his birth in February, and the 150th anniversary of publication of “The Origin of Species.”
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Living Behind Walls: Inside the Desert Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Bruce M. Petty ’72 - Security Studies Press

The author provides an insightful and moving story of life in Saudi Arabia during the height of the post-9/11 international war against terrorism. Petty explores the people who come from all walks and countries; going behind the scenes to learn their backgrounds and, for whatever reason, why they chose to live in a country that few westerners would consider visiting. Written with candor and ease, Petty provides a user-friendly summary of the eye-opening encounter that can be expected for the traveler seeking to witness this unique culture. The story and interviews broaden the knowledge of Saudi Arabia, a region that has managed to remain eerily elusive in today’s contemporary global environment.
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