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Curtis Hinsley, on: Powell's Father is Science
Curtis Hinsley Q: Back to this Father in Science again, what was he?

CH: Powell found in George Crookham, I think, a man who was there, who was in his neighborhood, who served as his teacher, as his advisor, as a man who introduced him to the world, to the natural world around him. These men tended to be regionally located, they would take boys out on hikes -- sort of like a boy scout leader almost -- would take local boys from the school out to investigate their back yard, the regional back yards, the resources that were there, the natural history of the area, and would show them the world, in a way that frequently their own fathers did not do, either because their fathers were more concerned that their sons take care of the farm or because their fathers were away doing something else, or because in many cases, they had no fathers. Powell was fortunate that he had a father but his father wasn't there very much. So these figures, these sort of alternate fathers or surrogate fathers for young men who were interested in natural history issues, became the ones who really raised them, intellectually, as young men, at a time prior to rigorous or wide spread training in colleges and consistent training in high schools. Education is very questionable, unsure thing. And so, to work with an individual, a single educated man in the community, was probably a better bet, actually for most of these young men. And they, I mean, if the other man lived, if the Father in Science lived, these were very strong and very long lasting relationships, between these these generations. It really was a way of passing on knowledge of the region, from one generation of males to the next generation of males and encouraging them to understand their world.

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