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Oral History of Barry Spitz
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In this oral history, author, outdoorsman, and running enthusiast Barry Spitz recounts his adventures, encounters, and investigations over the course of more than 40 years of living in Marin County. Born in Brooklyn in 1948, Barry moved to California at the age of 22 after completing an MBA at Columbia University. He settled initially in San Francisco where he worked in the banking industry for a few years before buying a house in San Anselmo and leaving the corporate world behind for good. Barry describes how in 1973 he discovered a passion for running, which set him on the path to his future work as a race announcer and author. He discusses the many books he has written, beginning with Best Running Trails of the San Francisco Bay Area (1978), his seminal Dipsea: the Greatest Race (1993), and the wonderful works of local history, including Mill Valley: the Early Years (1996), Marin: a History (2006), and To Save a Mountain: A 100-Year Battle for Mount Tamalpais (2012) that have established him as the great chronicler of the life, times, and personalities of Marin. Throughout this oral history Barry expresses his love of nature, devotion to preservation, and his passion for running along with the intimate joys provided by friendship and family.
Authors - Marin County
Dipsea Race
Historical societies
Mill Valley
Mt. Tamalpais
MV history - Growth (1980s)
MV history - WWI and WWII
Oral history - Sports and recreation
Oral history - Volunteerism, activism
Runners (Sports)
Running races
State parks & reserves
Tamalpais Conservation Club
Trails & paths

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