Summarized by 'Marc A. Schindler'
Knitting sweaters for penguins
CBC Radio One "Basic Black" Vancouver BC Canada 12Feb00 and 19Feb00 P2
Sister Linda Parker of Salt Lake City was interviewed on last week's
(12/02/00) "Basic Black," a 2-hour light variety show (see
www.basicblack.com) on the topic of knitting sweaters for penguins. The
topic was continued on this week's (19/02/00) show as well.
Sister Parker said she has friends who are on a "church mission" in Australia who are trying to help victims of oil spills there -- penguins. It seems there's a species of relatively small penguin (they rarely get over 50
cm -- 20 inches -- tall) who are often caught in oil spills there. The oil
temporarily destroys the natural oil coating on the penguin's feathers, making
it impossible for them to swim and keep warm, so these special sweaters
protect the birds until their feathers can heal themselves.
Arthur Black, the show's host, treated this with humour (although not
ridicule) -- his show specializes in the quirky and the unusual -- but he
encouraged listeners to help out. On this week's show the show's
"resident folk singer," Don Ross, sang a cute song encouraging listeners
with lyrics like "we're making sweaters for the penguins...in the
colours of our favourite hockey teams...we're making sweaters for the
penguins...so they won't have to dress up in just black and white..."
The website with instructions on getting the pattern is:
"Linda Parker is knitting sweaters for penguins. To order the pattern
send a self-addressed, stamped (US stamp) envelope to Linda at 1857 S.
Edison St. Salt Lake City, Utah 84115 USA or call 801-486-6759.
Completed sweaters should be mailed to Cherie Dennis, 17 Howqua Court,
Cranbourne, Australia 3977. "
I would add, incidentally, that non-US residents should ensure that they
send US postage only to Sister Parker, or International Reply Coupons;
in any case, make sure sufficient postage is sent so she's not out of
pocket. Sweaters, of course, can be mailed directly to Sis. Dennis --
note that Cranbourne is in the state of Victoria (SE of Melbourne), so
if I may be so bold as to correct "Basic Black" the correct address
17 Howqua Court
Spruce Grove, Alberta -- the Gateway to the Boreal Parkland
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to
grow sharper -- Eden Philpotts