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Santa Cruz Earth First! Spokesperson Dennis Davie Has Gone to the Summerland
by Craig Louis Stehr (craiglouisstehr [at] gmail.com)
Wednesday Dec 12th, 2018 10:34 PM
Long time Santa Cruz Earth First! spokesperson Dennis Davie left the earth plane on Monday December 10th.
Santa Cruz Earth First! spokesperson Dennis Davie has gone to the Summerland. Appropriate messages may be sent to: Sandy Davie, 1040 38th Avenue, Space 53, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
I just want to send out a couple of words, hoping it helps heal this wound of knowing Uncle Dennis is not with us anymore.

He was the backbone and the heartbeat, the skeleton and the soul of FRSC. not many among us can do what he has done for our free radio. He was the fairest man I know. Straightforward. Incredibly generous with his dedication. He could have lent his talent to his own gain, but he gave it all to us. Free Radio Santa Cruz.

He has been very sick for a long time, and I am relieved he stopped suffering.
I want to tell his family he has been loved immensely by many, admired for his knowledge and genius, and respected as a leader, since he WAS a true leader, as even anarchist collectives may have people who shine the light on a good path for the rest of us...

Thank you Uncle Dennis, I miss you so. You taught me so much. And you even built my garden box. I love you forever.

kipli

by Matthew Embry
(mattkembry [at] gmail.com) Friday Dec 21st, 2018 7:14 PM
wow, this is a big subject: in brief, my life in SC for 14 years and artistic development would be hard to imagine without Free Radio Santa Cruz and FRSC is hard to imagine without the work and vibes of Uncle Dennis...calm, rational, very intelligent, ever-helpful and really the main person knowledgeable about the technology we were all using to do radio...a fine and polished DJ properly focusing on the 60s/70s, a golden age for music (and film); listening to one of his shows right now (w/ focus on environmental issues).

in 1995, lacking $ and the know-how, FRSC made possible the work we were doing for over a decade (Clatterbox, Technical Difficulties Radio Show)...our style was/is based more on density and maximalism rather than a minimal or quiet approach and music made now outside of the radio studio is influenced by its possibilities...so thank you Uncle Dennis (and others) for actually making this free speech/art/radio possible.

still struggling with his passing as with knowing he wasn't well for that last period; much love to all FRSC folk...starting to work on a tribute album for Uncle Dennis; probably have sufficient audio but could use any photos of him that anybody has for the web presentation: please send to my email...in my daily role as performing musician, I will continue to play music of the 60s and 70s, the good stuff, all the way from the cream to the dregs.
by R Duck
Sunday Dec 23rd, 2018 9:35 PM
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I met Dennis in the summer of 2002 at my first Free Radio collective meeting.

We went on to work together on various FRSC projects. He was always a fount of knowledge. At the antenna sites for example, I remember, short on light, lacking manpower, money and parts somehow always getting the jobs done. An obstacle would come up and there would be some confusion in the group. People saying: "We'll have to pick it up later!" "How could we possibly finish this now?" "What can we do about this?"
After a short pause with no other discernible thoughts or head scratching, he would come out with a simple yet elegant solution to even the most dangerous or complex tasks as hoisting antenna towers and cabling into trees and onto roofs.

I looked to him for guidance. He answered like a friend.
Steadfast and stoic, I am grateful to have met him and work at his side under rain and in shining sun. He showed me a kind of success that comes out of patience and consistency. I learned that freedom and individuality can persevere and unite with the strength of a group.

Free Radio as a collective is now in his wake. Long may the voices of the people, unique stories, unspoken news and music from outside the corporate box be heard. Much thanks to Uncle Dennis his patient compassionate leadership, knowledge and dedication.

I miss him terribly.

May Uncle Dennis and all his best dreams live on forever for each and every person he touched.
by Ren Tawil
Monday Mar 4th, 2019 5:20 PM
Dennis guided me into DJ'ing at Free Radio Santa Cruz, assisted and helped refine my ability to program quality work. There were trial and tribulations too. He grew up in the same small town I called my first home, Cupertino. I am especially sorry to have missed the Celebration of His Life, whenever exactly that was, but I guess after two years of my absence from the airwaves no one thought to bring it to my attention.

I will see you again soon, Uncle Dennis . . .

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