Tod Fletcher Memorial __ November 22, 2014
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Live Broadcast Saturday, Nov 22nd: Tod Fletcher Memorial
Memorial Gathering for Tod Fletcher & Susan Peabody
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 from 1 – 4 pm Pacific
Historic Fellowship Hall in Berkeley CA
Farewell to Tod Fletcher and Susan Peabody__Transcript of remarks by David Ray Griffin in a skype statement to the Memorial Gathering for Tod Fletcher and Susan Peabody in Historic Fellowship Hall on November 22, 2014 in Berkeley, CA.
During the past decade, Tod Fletcher was the most important person in my professional life. I cannot begin to express how much I miss him.
It was in 2006, I believe, that Tod began working closely with me, critiquing every chapter and article I wrote. He was the perfect proof-reader, able to raise questions about major themes as well as spotting bad grammar.
Besides the fact that his critiques were so helpful, Tod was what could be called a “critical saint.” Over the 8 to 9 years of our correspondence, during which we exchanged hundreds of emails, there was never the slightest hint of anger or even irritation.
Tod seemed to embody the Hindu attitude of acting without anxiety about results: Do the best that you can, while remembering that you cannot control how others will respond to your actions. So if Tod made a suggestion that I did not follow, he would not insist. But if it was a suggestion that he felt strongly about, I would receive, in a few days, an article or study providing empirical evidence for his point of view. Usually, however, I followed his suggestions in the first place, because they were obviously good ones.
One reason that Tod could offer such good advice is that he, because of his wide-ranging curiosity, was aware of most important issues. Academics today often know little beyond the their own discipline, or sub-discipline, or sub-sub-discipline. But Tod was the opposite. In fact, I often told people that he seemed to know something about almost everything. I was surprised about a year ago, therefore, when after I asked him about a certain issue, he replied that he could provide no help, because he knew nothing about this issue. This was only once in 8 or 9 years.
To illustrate Tod’s versatility: I had long considered my best book to be Unsnarling the World-Knot, which dealt with consciousness and the mind-body problem. This is a topic generally discussed only by professional philosophers. But Tod, deciding to read it, ended up writing one of the two best reviews of this book. I am quite certain that this was the only time that a first-rate review of a book on the mind-body problem was written by a geographer.
Tod’s confession of ignorance about this one issue occurred during the past 3 years, when Tod was helping me with my biggest book, which is on global warming and climate change. Because Tod had worked so long and hard on this book, I was especially anxious to send him a copy as soon as it appeared, so he could see the fruits of our labors; sadly, it did not appear before his death.
I was with Tod face-to-face only three times. The last time was for a conference in Claremont about my thought, for which Tod presented a discussion of my 9/11 work. Tod generally did not go to conferences that would require him to stay away from home overnight, as he wanted to be there to care for Susan. But he made an exception in this case, and everyone was glad of this. Most of the people in the Whiteheadian community did not previously know Tod, but they were very impressed with him, both academically and personally. And his presentation made an important contribution to the resulting book. Shortly before his death, Tod arranged for this chapter to be posted on the Consensus 9/11 website.
But although I met Tod face to face only a few times, we were in regular communication. This was mainly about my writings, but we also exchanged emails about other matters, usually funny or absurd things in the news. Now when some such thing appears, I still automatically start to write Tod about it.
One of my great regrets is that I never met Susan face to face. But we did correspond some by email, through which I learned what an intelligent, compassionate, and funny woman she was. I can understand why Tod did not want to live without her.
In the letter that Tod wrote to a few of us, which we received after his and Susan’s deaths, he said that we should not weep for them, because they would now be in a better place. But we weep for Tod and Susan anyway, because we miss them in this place.
There is no doubt that Tod Fletcher would want to be remembered as the major researcher, writer, editor, and speaker that he was in the global 9/11 Truth & Justice movement. Tod was an editor for many of David Ray Griffin’s books and he occasionally was a stand-in for Griffin when he could not make a radio interview. Tod’s last interview on Bonnie Faulkner’s “Guns & Butter” Radio Show on KPFA was on Sept 3, 2014. It is archived at KPFA and at NoLiesRadio. The lives and the passing of Tod and his wife Susan do indeed make a sad and difficult story. But it is also a story of true and dedicated love. See the moving tribute by David Ray Griffin: “In Memory of Tod Fletcher: A Life of Service (1952-2014)” David Ray Griffin in Global Research 10-08-14.
Excerpt: Thomas (“Tod”) Christopher Fletcher was born in Alameda County, California, February 27, 1952. In 1980, while at Berkeley, Tod married Susan Elizabeth Peabody, a graduate student and later a teacher of English Literature. Tod enrolled in the Berkeley Masters program in Geography, where he completed his thesis in 1982 (“The Mono Basin in the Nineteenth Century: Discovery, Settlement, Land Use,” 1982). He then worked for several years towards his doctorate and completed all but his dissertation. But then a chronic illness, known as hypersensitivity to the environment, with which Susan had become afflicted, became so bad that she became bedridden. Wanting to take care of her himself, he could search for teaching positions only close to home. He taught at UC Berkeley until funding for the university was slashed, after which he taught at some junior colleges. In the years before 9/11, Tod wrote articles about the ecological crisis and the anti-globalization movement. These can be found at the Daily Battle website under his name or that of Max Kolskegg, Will Guest, and I. Berg. Having sensed earlier than most of us the falsity of the government’s explanation of what had happened on 9/11, he said: “I never fell for the official explanation. I’ve been researching and writing about 9/11 since 9/12.”
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee, Project Censored, PEERS (Public Education & Empowerment Resource Service), Sacramento 9/11 Truth, Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, No Lies Radio, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Event program created by Friends & Family of Tod & Susan as a participatory event.
BFUU Fellowship Hall
1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
(At Bonita Ave, one block east of MLK Way & three blocks west of Shattuck Ave)
This location is wheelchair accessible via the ramp on the Bonita Avenue side of the building.
“The True Story of 9/11” w/ Tod Fletcher (1:14:47) vancityfilm YouTube Channel. Posted on 10-19-14 as video #45 in the “9/11 Truth & Justice Seekers – Facts vs Fictions” playlist at “SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE HEART OF BERKELEY” YouTube Channel. http://youtu.be/akIPGHwMCZc?list=PLF6vlpoPDpR7ihjSfWYl2orRwOxcIiA8j