Crossover and Miscellaneous
Bob is many things—a true renaissance man, beyond bright, a great strategist and an outstanding musician. I can always rely on Bob to want to do the ‘right’ thing. He is truly selfless. In the years that I’ve known him, I’ve found Bob to be a truly inspirational human being.
—Mark Abramowitz, President, Community Environmental Services; Chairman, California Hydrogen Business; South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Governing Board consultant to the Governor’s appointee
What a romp! Great fun. I loved it. Now I know what you have been doing all your life. I especially liked Uranus on p 51.
—Rich Caputo (2011)
My Dear Bob Danziger, your book is a hoot! When I read, I keep a notebook by my side but after making a dozen or so notes, decided to just read. And let me tell you, it made my day and a half. I’m a fast reader but found myself slowing down, so as not to miss anything.
There were lots of sweet moments. I loved your discussion on music and how it attracted deer and other animals. It should be a film.
You are a very, very funny man and adorable, to boot. Thanks for sharing, dear heart. And thanks for being such a wonderful friend and champion of Los Angeles history.”
—Carolyn Cole, Senior Librarian of the L.A. Public Library; Photo Collection; Founder, Shades of LA. Carolyn Cole is one of the really special people in the world. Here are some articles published after her death in 2018:
This review is for: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Energy Independence (Paperback) I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The author, a modern day Odysseus, recounts his life’s quest to bring energy independence to the world. Like Homer’s hero, Robert Danziger faces many trials and tribulations; in Danziger’s journey, he struggles to bring new ideas to the entrenched energy interests and the apathetic public. In addition, he provides us with plenty of vignettes to rival Odysseus’ encounter with Nausicaa. Danziger’s witty and jocular prose is a pleasure to read and had me laughing page after page. Alas, Mr. Danziger’s work does not appear to be done, ie, combating Global Warming – hence my emotional quandary. One thing seems certain, as Odysseus was fated to wander, I lament that Mr. Danziger has not gotten to the end of the road to energy independence. While I’m sad for all of us that we’re not there yet, I do, quite excitedly, look forward to Mr. Danziger’s next work.
—Luis Mejia, Stanford University (2010)
Bob is an engineering and scientific genius on many levels, in many fields. In addition to all his other work, he has designed and built a remarkable walker/chair I believe may be an excellent aid for several categories of wounded warriors.
—(Gunner); Dr. Kalev I. Sepp; Naval Postgraduate School; Monterey, California (2009)
Bob Danziger remembers the lighter moments that punctuate every human endeavor, in his case the serendipitous journey from musician – to college droput (Bob left after three months to join an experimental band) – to experimental musician – to law school graduate – to space law pioneer – to energy cogeneration consultant – to clean air industrialist – to large wood sculptor – to scientific environmental thinker at large – and back. Instead of pursuing music as a full-time career, Bob brought his unique musical perspective to his many competing interests – space, energy, community financing of projects never done before, to name a few. To be sure, Bob provides an overview of the evolution of the private sector energy business that was born and has grown up in the last thirty years. His company, Sunlaw, is credited by many as the pioneering private sector energy company. Fiercely combining work with play, Bob none-the-less learned his lessons the hard way. Many in the energy establishment resisted Sunlaw’s catalytic converter technology (adopted by the EPA under President Clinton as the industry standard), which put cleaner air out of the stacks than the atmosphere it entered, at a cost of pennies. Some among those with no interest in clean air called Bob “the most hated man in the energy business.” Fortunately for the reader, Bob chooses to remember only the good times.
If you want to delve into the politics of the energy business there are other books that go there. For the meat and potatoes of energy science, you could read one of the papers Bob continues to present at institutional think tanks such as Stanford and the Jet Propulsion Lab at CalTech. But for those who wonder what a person like Bob was thinking at the start of their unique journey, I offer the inlaid inscription on Bob’s giant Purple Heart Wood sculpture that graces the entrance of my home. Lifted from Bob’s resignation letter to the band that swept him out of Antioch College thirty plus years ago, as a kind of “sneak preview” of what was to follow, the inscription reads:
“Where complexity melts
to reveal alternate proposals
irregular in shape
but remaining as a window
Through which you must leap.”
—Bill Straw—Blix Street Records, (March 2010)
Congratulations on a wonderful tribute in today’s Herald. But more so on the outstanding accomplishments you have achieved in your multifaceted career! I was honored to have known you then, but even more so knowing you now! All my best,
—Jim Tunney, Fairfax High School Principal (Where Bob Attended 1969 – 1971; Student Body President 1970-71); NFL Referee; Columnist – Monterey Herald (February 2014)
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