I was born in Nagasaki prefecture, conceived in the hot springs of Japan. I have an image that flashes in my mind of the snow monkeys in Japan that soak in the hot springs there. My mother is Japanese, a survivor of the Nagasaki nuclear bomb, and my father is an American of English descent. I grew up traveling a lot, as the eldest child of five in a military family. My father was first in the U. S. Navy, but then joined the U. S. Air Force as his career, which was as a nuclear missile technician.
By the time I left my parents house at 17, I had already moved many times in my life. Because of our frequent military relocations, I went to a different school every year. I remember that sometimes the school could not offer me any challenges, so I would do special learning projects with museums or the junior college.
I thought I wanted to be a marine biologist, so I started on a math and science track at California State University Long Beach.
After my dolphin adventures in Florida and the Bahamas in the mid-1980s, I returned to San Francisco. I went to visit my associate Henry S. Dakin, at 3220 Sacramento Street, San Francisco. He offered me a job as a typesetter and doing technical support in the building. 3220 was a converted auto service building with three floors. The first floor was mostly garage space, and the was a street entrance with locked door and video camera. The receptionist would buzz visitors in the door. A select few (like myself) had garage door openers, and could park in the park when we arrived at the office. Believe me, this is a wonderful thing in a city like San Francisco. The second floor was office space and storage areas. The top floor had a couple of apartments, kitchen and gathering space to accommodate large gatherings.
I worked with the first Adobe Linotronic 100 typesetter available in northern California, which was a PostScript laser film typesetting machine that printed formatted desktop type designs and images (this was like a laser printer, but instead of paper, it printed on 3 foot wide film that had to be processed in a photographic darkroom). I would process these four-color film separations in our darkroom using an Oscar-Fischer film processor. I worked on projects like Information Moscow, and other book and poster projects with various nonprofit organizations that would come to us at 3220.
While there, I founded The Dolphin Network, a project established under Henry Dakin’s 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Washington Research Institute. WRI had started out on Washington Street, a few blocks away. When I wasn’t using the typesetting equipment for book publishing projects for 3220, I published a quarterly newsletter called Dolphin Net; which educated my readers about the plight of captive dolphins, and campaigns to save dolphins dying in tuna nets.
Many of my interests, like dolphins, video, the digital technology coming of age, Burning Man, and other topics I got to share with Henry and others in presentations at 3220 Gallery. The 3220 Gallery top floor penthouse was used for hosting events and gatherings. There were numerous satellite dishes and there were frequent screenings of videos there. 3220 hosted satellite space-bridges with Moscow, and other citizen diplomacy projects. The 3220 building and the whole block was constantly buzzing with thriving nonprofit organizations and their projects. Special interest groups like the San Francisco Tesla Society and the Parapsychology Research Group held regular events, featuring interesting guest speakers. I would video some of the events, and have a few archives from those days posted on my website enlightenedfilms.com.
Dan Sythe (International Medcom), Henry Dakin and I (Washington Research Institute) put a remote geiger counter radiation detection network around Chernobyl in the mid-1980′s. The Chernobyl plant was venting radioactive gases, without warning the surrounding population. The Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred on 26 April 1986, at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. It was considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, until Fukushima. I worked on the petition drive campaign for Green Action Japan, after the Fukushima event. I also worked with Dan Sythe to reset his company International Medcom, after problems with his Chief Operating Officer having an emotional breakdown shut his production down. I jumped in to help and sent over $2 million dollars of geiger counters to Japan after the Fukushima disaster.
I worked with Henry on various projects with Washington Research Institute and the 3220 Gallery penthouse gathering space. We used to monitor the Molniya satellite, and help various citizen-to-citizen peace and environmental projects. We used to see fantastic programs from the former Soviet Union, and they would play on monitors in the background, with the Russian audio playing. We would record these programs and we would take them over to the Soviet Consulate in San Francisco. Henry believed in free access to information, and he would regularly make the resources at 3220 available to various nonprofit groups and individuals. At 3220, I managed the building’s T1 internet connection and supported many groups that started or came through there. Henry enjoyed making newsletters and posters for many notable groups, and I was there doing technical support. I helped Henry with one of the first video conferences after 9/11, connecting in the United Kingdom with author Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed of The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked, September 11, 2001. Nafeez was one of the first to point out that bringing down the Twin Towers was a false-flag event.
I purchased Henry Dakin’s Linotronic typesetter and Oscar-Fisher film processing equipment in 1989 for $100,000, and moved everything downtown to start Pinnacle Type (near the TransAmerica Building, San Francisco). I was the President of Pinnacle Type, and built it into a successful company, running three shifts around the clock, producing film jobs for clients. But I eventually had problems with a partner who stole all of the money, so I let go of my interest in the company. Henry did not like conflict, so I took his suggestion of working with his lawyers as mediators. I ended up taking a settlement, and then accepting a consulting project in Switzerland for several months.
During a space-bridge event with Moscow, I invited the artist George Sumner to come with his artwork. We would have a New Year’s Party at 3220, and connect and celebrate with our Soviet friends in Moscow. George Sumner showed a painting over the satellite-feed to Moscow, and offered to give the oversized original to Gorbachev. The painting was called “The Peacemakers”. George was able to give his painting, which features two dolphins kissing over the earth, to Gorbachev at Stanford University. I was at the party for the press, showing some whale and dolphin animation I was doing. A Swiss banker was there that had just bought a painting from George Sumner called “Race to Save the Planet”. The banker offered me a consulting job with his money management firm in Switzerland working on their Solar Policy. I accepted his offer, and worked several months with VTZ money mangers and the Sterling engine (an inexpensive solar technology), creating presentations for investors. I also took personal time to tour ancient sites in Greece and power sites in the United Kingdom. After a while, I missed the culture in the U.S. and the San Francisco bay area, so I came back, touched base with Henry and then moved on to Maui. Whenever I came back to the area I reconnected with Henry, and we continued to work together on numerous projects for over twenty years.
Washington Research Institute and 3220 were the nonprofit organizational umbrella, kind of a think-tank and incubator space for small projects and companies that Henry had some interest in. I worked over a span of twenty years with Henry Dakin and various people in associated projects. The entire Sacramento Street block housed the infrastructure for many of the affiliated projects, and created quite a culture of shared peace and environmental values was created there. I valued Henry as my associate and mentor. I believe we did some very good work together in the local San Francisco community, and the larger world community; promoting peace and freedom and citizen diplomacy. I miss his good humor, service to others, humility and encouraging attitude and interest in absolutely everything. I am happy to still have a connection to Vergilia, Adriana and other family members. I got to meet Henry’s sister Mary, at 3220, before she went off to India to live. I enjoyed hanging around events like the Bioneers conference at the Marin Civic Auditorium with Henry and his sister Sue Dakin.
The 3220 space incubated, hatched or helped many influential companies and groups: Apple Computer’s Multimedia Lab, Amnesty International, Association of Space Explorers, Astrology.com, Berkeley-Leningrad Sister City Project, California Institute of Integral Studies, Center for Citizen Initiatives, Collective Heritage Institute (Bioneers), Chaksampa, Church of Shambala, Damanhur, Data Fusion, Democratic Socialists of America, Doctors Without Borders, Earth First!, Earth Island Institute, EcoNet, Esalen/Soviet Exchange Program, Foundation for Social Innovation, Friends of Calligraphy, Global Space Bridge of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Heart to Heart, Information Moscow, International Space Sciences Association, Institute for Noetic Sciences, Institute for Global Communications, InterNews, Mother Jones Magazine, Nuclear Free Zone, Pachama Alliance, Parapsychology Research Group, PeaceNet, Peace Child, Pinnacle Type, Physicians for Social Responsibilty, Rainforest Action Network, San Francisco AIDS Society, SANE Freeze, San Francisco/Moscow Teleport, San Francisco Tesla Society, San Francisco Waldorf School, San Francisco Zen Center, Sound Photosynthesis, The Cultural Conservancy, The Dolphin Network, The Elmwood Institute, The Energy Foundation, The Gorbachev Foundation, Threshold Foundation, The Tides Foundation, Tibetan Cultural Preservation Project, Tuuleme River Trust, The Waite Group, US-USSR Youth Exchange Program, Washington Research Institute, WorldLink and many, many more.
Contributor Edward Ellsworth was featured in the Discovery Channel movie “For the Love of Dolphins,” television shows, and in books and magazines. He was recently on KSCO AM Radio in Santa Cruz talking about The Dolphin Trail, his book-in-progress. http://dolphintrail.com