Light Hearted

Light Hearted 137 – Andy Robinson & the California Lighthouse Society; J. Dennis Robinson, NH Seacoast historian

Andy Robinson is a junior at Palo Alto High School in California, and he’s a co-chair for the Teen Advisory Council of the Palo Alto History Museum, where he helped create a historical time capsule of his city. Andy has also been a volunteer for the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s passport program, helping to update information on stamp locations and events. He’s written histories for a series of collectible passport stamps to commemorate lost lighthouses.

Andy Robinson

Andy is also a writer and editor for Verde, a student-run magazine for Palo Alto High School. He’s now in the process of starting a California chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, which will be called the California Lighthouse Society.

A website has been established for the chapter: www.calighthousesociety.org

Joining host Jeremy D’Entremont for this interview is U.S. Lighthouse Society Executive Director Jeff Gales.

One of Andy Robinson’s inspirations was a visit to California’s Point Pinos Lighthouse. Photo by Jeremy D’Entremont.
J. Dennis Robinson

J. Dennis Robinson is a popular columnist, lecturer, and public historian living in Portsmouth on the New Hampshire Seacoast. He’s the author of a dozen books on topics ranging from Jesse James, child labor exploitation, the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, archaeology at the Isles of Shoals off the New Hampshire coast, and the infamous 1873 Smuttynose Island ax murders.

He’s also written about 3000 published articles on a variety of history topics, including the local lighthouses. His latest book is a mystery novel called Point of Graves. He discusses his new book in this interview, as well the iconic importance of the region’s lighthouses.

Shalana Millard co-hosts.

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