His name is Donald Wheeler–he’s 76 years old, a retired professor from New Jersey, and my friend. He’s about as far as possible from the severe, humorless academic I expected when I heard we’d be rooming together for the PowerShift 2011 conference for environmental organizers in Washington, DC. When we first met he slapped me on the shoulder and cried “Hey, man–how are ya?!” with one of the warmest, most open grins I’ve ever seen on a person’s face.

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