Those who like "behind the scenes" type looks will enjoy a profile of Ken Burns' friend and documentary co-writer, Dayton Duncan, available through The Pennsylvania Gazette. The research Duncan and Burns brought to the subject of the national parks impresses. Here's Duncan on John Muir's persuasive powers:
“John Muir was an eloquent person, but the reason that those early parks were created was not his eloquence; it was because the railroad lobby was working the halls of Congress. They thought, ‘Here’s a scenic attraction that will help our ridership,’ and eventually they said, ‘and maybe we can control what goes on inside the park and make even more money.’”
Hmmm…be interesting to see how that attitude plays in Muir's stomping grounds.
Check back Monday morning — I'll report on just that, from Yosemite National Park, where they have scheduled a public showing, with a couple of local experts to answer questions.
Here's the sawmill where Muir worked in Yosemite, from the doc: