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  • Editorial Notes
  • Jim Craine

Welcome to volume seventy-four of the Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. We have a very diverse slate of articles this year, and the Yearbook is of course the publication of record for all things related to our annual meetings. This edition contains all the material related to the Seventy-Fourth Annual Meeting, held in San Francisco, California, last October: the Presidential Address, the Meeting Report, the Student Paper Award winners, the Resolutions, the Abstracts, and our Distinguished Service Award recipient. The Fisherman's Wharf Holiday Inn was a wonderful setting, and the meeting was a tremendous success marked by the usual assortment of great field trips and other activities. The Association extends our thanks to Nancy Wilkinson and the San Francisco State University faculty and students for all their time and effort.

I would also like to extend my personal congratulations to Jim Allen as the recipient of the APCG's Distinguished Service Award. Dr Allen was my thesis advisor at Cal State, Northridge, and I will always be grateful for the time he spent with me helping me come to grips with geography and sharing the many insights he obtained during his long service at Northridge. My best wishes to Jim and his wonderful wife, Nancy.

I have always valued the role the photographic image has played in the growth of geography. Stefano Bloch highlights the work of Leonard Nadel, the official photographer for the Los Angeles Housing Authority from 1949 to 1952. Nadel's images provide a look into the postwar landscape of Los Angeles, one filled with the extremes of poverty and social adversity. Nadel's story is an interesting one, and the reader cannot escape parallels to the work of Jacob Riis in New York City, even though Nadel was an employee assigned to document substandard housing, as opposed to Riis' role as a crusading social reformer. Katherine Heslop and Paul Starrs discuss the growth of gambling around Lake Tahoe, and the resulting restrictive landscapes created by various legislative bodies. Those who enjoy the history of places like the Cal-Neva Lodge will find that the article fills in many pieces of the puzzle surrounding Stateline, Nevada, and the attempts to regulate gambling.

On the physical side, Ron Dorn and his group head to numerous sites in the West (including Hawai'i) to provide a series of examples of casehardening in support of the theory of equifinality. Exploring the Petrified Forest, Death Valley, basalt on the big island of Hawai'i, and sandstone at [End Page 9] Point Reyes, among other locations, Dorn et al. give us new insights into the process of rock decay at a variety of sites.

Barbara Fredrich and Alan Osborn provide us with another piece of the history of San Diego State geography with the story of Vinnie Clark. Like her contemporary and co-worker Alvena Storm, Clark was one of the first woman geographers, a protégé of Sauer, and a long-time member of the San Diego State department. For anyone unfamiliar with Clark's life, her struggles to gain acceptance and recognition, and her long relationship with Carl Sauer and Alvena Storm, this article will prove quite interesting. In the same vein, Woody Pitts tells a personal story related to the Colorado Sheep Wars of 1890s. Relying on the anecdotes of his grandfather, Pitts brings a very human side to a part of Western history that is often overlooked. Gary Peters provides us with his insights into the current trends of population growth and population decline and the impact those changes could have on the future of our planet, and Martha Henderson, in her Presidential Address, discusses the role of the Christian Church in current environmental thought. I also want to thank Todd Welch for his tribute to the late Jim Scott, professor emeritus at Western Washington University.

I would also like to mention the passing of Robert Temple Ayers, who created what is possibly the best-known map in American pop culture (see next page). For me, this was one of the maps that got me interested in geography. Even though the alignment is incorrect (it should be rotated...


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