The 90’s, episode 404: Country Living

Episode 404 of the award winning series, The 90's. This episode is called "COUNTRY LIVING," and features the following segments:

01:13Copy video clip URL “Evan Thompson” by Jim Mulryan and Tabby Mulryan. Somewhere in Nevada, Evan Thompson comments on the stereotypes city dwellers have about country folk: “[They think of us as] redneck, gun wielding, madmen that want to shoot all city people probably. I think Hollywood portrays us as not having a whole lot of brains. . . I think they see us as not knowing a whole lot. Yet if they come in from out of the city and we watch them, we think, ‘Oh boy, no wonder you’re all killing each other. You’re all a bunch of wackos.’ We like people, but we don’t like neighbors. I think that’s like most country people. They like people but don’t want to live next door to them.”

03:30Copy video clip URL “Turkey Neck Bend” by Robby Henson. A glimpse of life in a small town in Southern Kentucky. Ed Schmidt plays the Dobro. He says, “This is the way I want to live.” Robby: “What do you consider yourself?” Ivan Coe: “I’m a hillbilly.” Robby: “If I had you say that on my film some people would say I’m promoting negative Kentucky stereotypes.” Ivan: “Well, I guess you can’t. What is a hillbilly? I guess any description you’d give would very well fit me, wouldn’t it?” Robby: “Well, I guess, but I don’t see three cars on blocks.” Ivan: “Well you just didn’t look too close.” Lloyd Smith and Ivan play banjo and guitar. Lloyd says, “I really enjoy going down the road and throwing out a beer can or a Pepsi can… It helps the poor people.” Parishioners sing a hymn at the Church of Christ… Jason Dodson takes care of the cemetery… Kettle Kreek Jack says, “Peoples moving too fast… I like to take my time and figure things out. Yes sir, there’s something to that.”

09:30Copy video clip URL “Diving Mules” by Skip Blumberg. At the Orange County Fair in Middletown, New York, controversy beaks out at a mule diving exhibit. An animal activist claims that the mules are trained with electric cattle prods. The woman who trains the mules says th at they only use mules that like the water. When asked if the activists love animals, the mule trainer says, “I don’t think they love animals. If they did, they’d move out of the city where they keep their little dogs and cats in their little condos and apartments and move out on a farm where they could enjoy them.” The protester says, “People can say they love their wives and beat them.” The mule trainer: “We love the animal activists. All they do is get us a lot of work.”

14:56Copy video clip URL “Country Fiddle and Banjo Contest” by Andrew Jones. In Lowell, Massachusetts, a fiddler and a banjo picker belt out a Cajun tune.

15:51Copy video clip URL “Roaring Springs, Texas” by Kathie Robertson. Joey Thacker, the mayor of Roaring Springs, comments on the economics of rural life forcing people to the city. Bennie Dillard, rancher: “I don’t think we’ve missed anything. If I have I don’ t know what it was.” S.N. Fletcher: “You bet you miss a lot. You’re not angry. You live longer.”

18:48Copy video clip URL “The Valley” by John Schwartz. Ken Salazar, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, talks about growing up in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Despite moving to the city, he still calls the Valley his home.

20:21Copy video clip URL “Happy Harvest” by Jim Likowski and Bonnie Thompson. In Riverside, Iowa: Marge and Jerry Sweeting talk about the rewards and downfalls involved in farming. Archival farm footage is interspersed throughout as Judy Garland sings “Happy Harvest.”

24:06Copy video clip URL “Pyrenees Portrait” by Esti Galili Marpet and Bill Marpet. In Villeraze, France: An old man talks about his family’s roots in the area, “When the old people die, it’ll be all over… soon Villeraze will be just a place for tourists.” An 85-year-old woman points to the microphone and asks, “Are you taking my picture with that?”

27:14Copy video clip URL “Coyoteland” by Jay April. In Los Angeles, California: A woman recounts the tale of a coyote stealing her dog form the backyard. Louis Dedeaux, L.A. wildlife specialist, says that once coyotes start eating domestic pets, it becomes a regular part of their diets. Louis on coyotes: “They’re really a good animal. We’re building and crowding them in.” Lyla Brooks, a California Defender of Wildlife, says, “People don’t know how to coexist with wildlife. It’s a people problem.” In the meantime, Louis checks his traps. Lyla: “As a rule I don’t like trappers, but you seem like a likable fellow… I’m surprised he picked up this profession. He should do something else.” Louis: “I can monitor it in this profession. It’s gonna happen anyway. I can make sure it’s done as humanely as possible.” Louis drives through a construction area and says, “This is why I’m trapping. They’re gonna build more homes, take up more space and bring in more domestic pets.” Louis catches a coyote in a trap, “It’s a necessary evil… What justifies it for me is the pets I save… I might have to take a life to save ten.” With the camera focused on the door of the animal regulation truck, Louis shoots the coyote. Louis lets go “our friend the gopher snake.” Jay: “You must like that part, letting something go?” Louis: “It’s the best part of all.”

35:56Copy video clip URL “Sharkey’s Cowboys” by Jim Mulryan and Tabby Mulryan. In Gardnerville, Nevada: Sharkey Begovich praises the courage of the original cowboys: “A cowboy has to survive from the day he’s born to the day he dies… They’re a vanishing breed… Honor is a thing of the past.”

39:22Copy video clip URL “Free from Babylon” by Gustavo Vasquez. Treehouse Joe grew up in Brooklyn, learned construction, fought in Vietnam, set up a construction business in California and found that he was making “lots of money” but was “very empty inside.” That’s when he “decided to do it another way and live in nature.” Near San Diego, he lives in a tree house. The notion of fostering a symbiotic relationship with the tree guided the design: “If I drive a nail into it’s skin, I’m not really giving it much consideration. The tree happy? It doesn’t even know I’m here.” He used the scraps from construction sites in the area to build his home: “Babylon doesn’t want things for free. Babylon wants money. So I come take the scrap wood that they call garbage and I build four castles, four temples with Babylon’s waste. There’s a place for all of this waste, but Babylon doesn’t know what to do with it. We have to start changing our ways. We cannot accept what Babylon gives us. They give us something and call it ‘right’… It doesn’t work that way. We have to start defining our powers… and redefining our ways.”

45:36Copy video clip URL “Too Old to Die Young” by Magda Cregg. A music video on the destruction of the Redwood Forest. Features archival logging footage and scenes from Earth First! demonstrations. “Death rides a logging truck.”

48:50Copy video clip URL “Doug Peacock” by Jimmy Sternfield. Noted environmentalist Doug Peacock (a.k.a. George Hayduke): “The overriding issue is not taxation. It’s simply the survival of the planet itself… We’re going to go down the tubes. Our grandchildren might not even have the chance of a life and maybe it’s not a life worth living. That is the reality… We’re not going to have too many elections where we have the chance to talk about other issues. If all the powerful countries on Earth took all the resources they put in military, nuclear war and transferred that into making the planet a better place to live, we’d have a chance… Maybe just 50-50. The odds are just that bleak and that’s what oughta be talked about.”

50:47Copy video clip URL “Good Man in the Woods” by Michael Loukinen. In Upper Peninsula Michigan: A one-armed man recounts the story of when he lost his arm. Beca use of his handicap, he could not find work, so he decided he would never ask anyone for a job again. He decided to start his own business, a sawmill: “When you’re young, you’ve gotta blaze your own trail. Once you make up your mind you have to be so bullheaded you don’t give up.”

56:09Copy video clip URL “Country Road” by John Antonelli, Will Parinello, and Doug Weihnacht. In Kyoto, Japan: Zen monk Soen Ozaki sings “Country Road.”

56:30Copy video clip URL End Credits.



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