Paul Poulos: 'From the Eye of the Beholder: Saving Mendocino County's History and Preserving Our Science'
Dr. Paul Poulos
to lecture on 'Saving Mendocino County's History and Preserving Our Science'
Dr. Paul Poulos is the director of the Held-Poage Research Library, a repository of primary source material of Mendocino County history. (Nathan DeHart-Ukiah Daily Journal)
The popularity of the "Tours of Earth and Sky" lecture series required a change of venue to the Civic Center Council Chambers, providing better seating and viewing for this month's featured presenter, Dr. Paul Poulos, director of the Held-Poage Research Library, whose talk is titled "From the Eye of the Beholder: Saving Mendocino County's History and Preserving Our Science."
The lecture is free to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at the city of Ukiah Council Chambers.
Born in Ukiah, Poulos grew up across the street from the Ukiah Daily Journal office building; as a teenager he moved to Potter Valley with his family , where he started his own dairy farm and became inoculated into his lifetime passion as a veterinarian.
He served in the Navy during the Korean War, earned a DVM at UC Davis and practiced veterinary care in Ukiah for 11 years.
Fascinated by radiology, he returned to Davis to become certified as a veterinary radiologist and afterwards worked and studied in Sweden and Holland, received his Ph.D., and traveled back and forth from the States, eventually returning to Ukiah to retire.
grandparents came here in the 1800s, and part of what attracted Poulos to the Historical Society
was that he
is a fourth-generation resident of Mendocino County.
father, Paul Poulos, Sr.
, was at one time the light heavyweight wrestling champion of the West Coast, the mayor of Ukiah
, where in the 1940s he
facilitated the development of the airport, and chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
Prior to Dr. Paul Poulos'
late wife's death, she
made a bucket list for him.
"We need to archive it properly and make it safe for future generations," Poulos
"The property remains what the coast was like two centuries ago," Poulos
"If the college sells the property to BLM
, it can no longer be protected; if the federal government uses tax dollars-a purchase for the people-then it will be totally accessible, and it will lose its pristine nature," says Poulos
became personally involved when the Historical Society board received a registered letter from the BLM
division of the Department of the Interior
, asking if it would be willing to evaluate the historical value of the property.
The board voted unanimously to do so and appointed him to do the evaluation.
report indicated that because of its age, it uniqueness and the fact that it had been protected for so many years and had evidence of Pomo Indian presence as well as the Coast Guard, it should not be sold.
Poulos gave a completed account to the BLM and the Historical Society board, but the college board did not receive it.
A little over two months ago, he
made copies for each board member and put them in individual envelopes.
met with the designated board liaison who told him he
was unable to accept the reports on behalf of the board and that Poulos
would have to give them to Reyes' secretary, who would determine if it would be appropriate for board members to receive the documents.
"I'm not giving these letters to a secretary to determine whether board members are allowed to receive them," he
said, turned his
back and walked away.
At the board meeting in July he
told the members they could have their envelopes; no one replied.
has been subsequently contacted, and five of seven board members have received the information.