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Chicken Skinner

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Yosemite
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 2, 2006 - 03:29am PT

Ken

Maysho

climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 2, 2006 - 07:18am PT
Ken,

Where did you get these priceless pieces of history?

I grew up a few blocks above Richard Leonards' house in Berkeley. We stored our RCS goldline ropes at his house and I got to speak with him almost every sunday when we picked them up for the afternoon session.

One of my most precious memories was doing a little tv spot with Marge Farquahr (wife of Francis and quite a pioneering climber of the 30's as well) We were at Indian Rock, she was somewhere near 90 years old, and it was a "then and now" piece about the history of climbing in Berkeley. She totally dug hanging with us half naked boy boulderers.

Peter
Chicken Skinner

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Yosemite
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 2, 2006 - 11:55am PT
Peter,

I went and had lunch with Richard and Doris before Richard passed away(around '92 or '93). The lunch/interview was only taped and not videoed because his health was not well at the time.When told that we wanted to build a climbing museum he donated all the stuff in his basement which was not being taken care of very well at the time.

Ken
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