“The Car Bombing of Judi Bari: A Community Remembers:” Mendocino County Museum exhibit and workshops begin Sept. 18

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  1. I have a memory of this incident from reading about it in the newspapers at the time. As I recall, there wasn’t a conclusive outcome as to who caused the car bombing. The usual suspects were loggers and of course, the occupants of the vehicle who were thought to be carrying an explosive device and it blew up on them, (Government viewpoint). It was all left hanging up in the air and could not be determined by any evidence. So now I wonder how the 20-20 Hindsight Mob will treat this? Fairly? Unfortunately I suspect a story line of glamorization, hero worship and extremist environmentalism will be the prevailing theme, with loggers being the villains. Who stands up for loggers these days? Nope, you gotta have a bad guy to have a story. Anyone who has ever read a bedtime story to a child knows this.

  2. I met Judi Bari before she was Saint Judi of the Redwoods. In the 1980s, I was one of the organizers of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Santa Rosa. After our extensive fund raising and some intense lobbying for a nonpolitical memorial service, Judi and friends decided they were entitled to hold a protest march aimed at our memorial. I was the liaison between the Vietnam Veterans and her protest marchers. She would not understand the gravity of the situation. I knew of several combat-fatigued veterans that wanted to stomp her; they took some serious dissuasion.

    I realized then that Judi was a potential martyr, with a total blankness when it came to practical dangers. I was not surprised or shocked when Judi blew up. I did find myself hoping a veteran didn’t plant the bomb.

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