Flashback Friday - Episode 3: Harry Faddis and the Quest of Life Archives!
In celebration of Easton’s 15th year; on Fridays, we are looking back to Easton’s past to see where we came from! I met Harry Faddis before I ever came to Easton Mountain. Harry, and Steve Sims produced and co-hosted a radio program on WRPI in Troy called "The Quest of Life". The program ran from 2004 - 2013 and focused on people who are leading lives of inspiration, with a special emphasis on spirituality. It explored the lives and stories of gay men and lesbians who are involved in the world and human struggles, and featured music by OUT musicians. Harry and Steve invited me on the show in 2006 when I was attending the Out Music Awards in NYC to talk about my music. Harry and Steve were champions of LGBT songwriters, artists, educators and thinkers. They did a lot to help me and many of my peers feel that our work was valid and had a place where it was treated as something important to our community and our culture. Steve usually handled the music portion of the show, while Harry conducted hundreds of interviews over the years, which have luckily been archived. Harry and Steve have played an important role in preserving and cataloging our queer history. These interviews are a treasure! Please enjoy perusing them. Many of them are with teachers and facilitators who come to Easton Mountain, so we will be featuring selected interviews that are relevant to upcoming programs.
Harry has been a treasure to the Easton Community, the LGBT community and the human community at large. He has inspired many people. Steve said" My “Golden Years” were the 9 years I had the honor every Friday to sit across the control panel from Harry. Whether he realized it or not, it was a constant opportunity for self awareness." Since moving to Portland Oregon, Steve has continued on this path by starting a new show called "Quest of Life's: Not Weird, Queer". Please support Steve's efforts in following his passion for LGBT musicians and continuing the legacy started by Harry in 2004! Want to hear even more interviews, and see even more photos of Harry and Steve at work?