This interview is with Tom Miller. Part 1 was recorded on May 30th, 2018 and covers the following themes:
Childhood and college.
Interest in the underground press.
Draft resistance and antiwar sentiment.
Move to Tucson.
Early writing career.
UFW grape boycott.
Typology of underground, radical, and alternative presses.
The DNC convention in 1968.
Activism in Tucson versus elsewhere in America.
John Brown Party.
Country music in Tucson.
Jerry Rubin speaking in Tucson.
Major moments of activism:
Bear Down Eight protest. Nelson Barr shooting.
Old Main takeover in the aftermath of Kent State shooting.
Federal subpoena to testify about antiwar movement in early 1970s.
Communes in Tucson.
Lifestyle of an underground writer.
Francisco Palacios murder of Dennis Murphey.
Part 2 of 3 was recorded on June 12th, 2018 and covers the following themes:
Writing about the Guantanamo Navy Base in 1975.
Developing interest in writing about the border. Experience with Border Patrol in mid-1970s. Hannigan case. Compiling On the Border. Work with major New York presses.
Tucson’s writing community in the 1970s.
Writing The Panama Hat Trail.
Interest in writing about, and living in, Cuba.
Reflections upon the US-Mexico borderlands.
How writing and publishing have changed over Miller’s career.
Part 3 of 3 and was recorded on June 19th, 2018 and covers the following themes:
Work with 60 Minutes during the mid-1970s. Story of the British mercenary John Dane.
Worked with other broadcast outlets, tried to pitch NBC on a TV story about Ed Abbey.
End of Miller’s TV work.