Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Happy Earth Day
The story of its self-proclaimed founder is one you may not have heard. It is not one of the Bear's tall tales.
Ira Einhorn called himself "Unicorn," and went about in typical hippie fashion, with a beard and tie-dyed shirt. He was for free love and against the Vietnam War. On April 22, 1970, he was the master of ceremonies at the first Earth Day rally, in Philadelphia. Although others have since distanced the day from Einhorn (for reasons which will soon become apparent), Einhorn has always maintained that he is the founder of Earth Day.
Seven years after the first event, Einhorn's girlfriend disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Einhorn maintained she had gone to the neighborhood coop to buy some bean sprouts and tofu and never come back. When his downstairs neighbors reported a foul-smelling liquid dripping from their ceiling, police obtained a warrant, and discovered the partially mummified (some reports say "composted") remains of Einhorn's girlfriend in his apartment.
He bounced around Europe for 23 years before being brought to justice, eventually offering the defense at trial that he had been framed by the CIA because he knew too much about the agency's paranormal programs.
Usually green apostles sound like they think human beings are the problem. While it only makes sense to do what we reasonably can to protect the the outdoors that is important for many reasons, it's crazy to view humans as the enemy. And remember, this is coming from a bear.
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