To say that Keith York is a multi-tasker is like saying Stan Getz was a good jazz artist.
Let me give you more background on Keith
His official job title is Director of Programming for KPBS TV in San Diego.
Basically, what this means, is that he
plans which shows will air, and when.
is also the person one would see if they had a video they wanted to shop for airplay.
In addition to programming, he's in the position to help people produce their shows, come up with budgeting, help with fund-raising and so on and so forth.
In recent years he
has been at the helm of a new high definition television channel for PBS (you have to have a HD TV to get it), the one and only of its kind in the country.
Is it any wonder Keith
has won every, single national programming award in public television?
Some of them more than once?
Most recently, he
was awarded the honor of Innovator of the Year.
At San Diego State University, Keith teaches media and communication classes in between his work at KPBS, which works out well since the television station sits on the edge of the campus and the commute isn't an issue.
As for his
record company, Silver Girl
, in the last couple of months they've released four albums and continue to expand their roster of artists, along with tour dates.
Not only does he
produce the records, he
promotes them as well.
I remember "helping" one afternoon, to silkscreen t-shirts for one of his
Luckily, Keith's main room is very spacious, almost loft-like, because that day it had about fifty shirts drying all over the place.
were good, mine turned out a little gloppy, it was my first time.
I've noticed he
hasn't asked me to help again.
is very detail oriented and when he
decides to do something he
goes to the library.
Meticulous with his
found the original plans, poured over vintage photographs, and made many a phone call to ensure that the restoration would be true to Ellwood's
collects modern furniture and art with the same zeal and can often be seen with his
portable scanner amid the stacks capturing images for further study.
I have to add here that one great thing about having Keith
for a friend, is the fact that, at his
has access to a wide variety of information.
I asked Keith
could pin point the exact time when he
officially became enamored with modern design.
said it was a number of years back and he
was in the market for a desk.
stopped in at Boomerang (in its previous location on Park Boulevard) and, though he
was totally unfamiliar with the mid-century style, was taken by a George Nelson desk.
After leaving, he
pondered the potential acquisition and decided to go back and buy it... but it was gone.
interest was not and the seed was firmly planted when his
neighbor offered him two Eames Zenith chairs.
has begun to expand his
collection, taking an avid interest in the art and accessories of the period.
tells me one group
in particular has caught his
I asked for more information and, naturally, Keith
had a book handy.
After reading several paragraphs, I took one of the pottery pieces in hand to have a look at the underside.
There was a yellow dot sticker along with the artist's name, year it was made, and the price.
It was bought through the artist's estate.
I told him that he
forgot to remove the sticker, and he
told me it was left on intentionally.... for future documentation.
Did I mention Keith
is detail oriented?
For more information on Keith's record company see www.silvergirl.com , or for further information on KPBS www.kpbs.org
has recently put out a calendar showcasing modernism in San Diego, to check out the calendar and website see modernsandiego.com