Ken Sleight, Monkey Wrench Gang Activist, Loses Priceless Archive to Fire

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Ken Sleight, Monkey Wrench Gang Activist, Loses Priceless Archive to Fire

For decades Sleight kept careful records of his experiences as a desert rat environmentalist at his ranch outside of Moab. ADVERTISEMENTKen Sleight — who guided rafts through Glen Canyon before the dam, helped reshape San Juan County politics, and inspired Seldom Seen Smith in The Monkey Wrench Gang — lost an extensive personal archive in the Pack Creek Fire. https://t.co/5EeJ8vasSG — Zak 🦦 Podmore (@zak_podmore) June 16, 2021There are many titles that could accurately describe Ken Sleight’s life and work over the past 91 years: environmental activist, legendary river guide, political organizer, and close friend to the writer Edward Abbey. Sleight’s activism and upbringing in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided the inspiration for the “Jack Mormon” character of Seldom Seen Smith in “The Monkey Wrench Gang,” Abbey’s 1975 comic novel of eco-sabatoge. “All those memories,” he said, “went up in smoke.”The Unfinished Fight of Seldom Seen Sleight from Utah Film Center on Vimeo.

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