John tells the NYT reporter what KRTS listeners already know: you don’t need to be on-the-grid to stay connected. From the article:
“His ongoing costs are minimal…a (yearly) donation to the Marfa Public Radio station, his lifeline, he said, during the months before he had the Internet.”
At the radio station, we fondly recall the taste of John’s solar-oven baked bread, which he carried up from Terlingua with his membership renewal during our most recent pledge drive. He was also featured on our weekday “Talk At Ten” program, when Station Manager Tom Michael toured The Field Lab with a microphone.
Here’s a photo of Tom with John’s ingenious bicycle-driven washing machine. (John, a man of mystery, is obscured by dark sunglasses and local foliage.)