The Berkeley Historical Plaque Project is dedicated to placing plaques at, or about, historic sites in Berkeley. Many of the plaques are physical, beautifully designed and placed at the locations interpreted. Others are posted at the Plaque Project’s website, as e-Plaques. The e-plaques allow people not in Berkeley to see the plaques, and learn about those being interpreted – a world wide version of the physical plaques, available to all. The e-Plaques also allow an honoring of sites and people for far less than the $1000 cost of the physical plaques.
George R. Stewart has now been honored with an ePlaque. With the permission of GRS Family Photo Collection Keeper Anna Evenson, the writing talents of Steven Finacom and company, and the leadership of Robert Kehlman, the plaque is now online at the link above. The Plaque gives a good overview of Stewart, his family, his life, and his work. It links to other honorings like the brilliant James Sallis essay on Earth Abides. (Sallis is a poet and author, the writer of the novella DRIVE which was made into an excellent movie.)
The Plaque also links to a radio script, written by Stewart’s colleague, Berkeley author “Anthony Boucher.” “Boucher,” nom de plume of William Anthony Parker White, created a series, The Casebook of Gregory Hood, which ran in the late 1940s. One episode, The Ghost Town Mortuary, “starred” George R. Stewart. Follow the link at the bottom of the plaque to read part of that script. (Some of the Gregory Hood episodes are online; unfortunately, The Ghost Town Mortuary is not.)
Eventually, it may be possible to put a physical plaque on what might be called “Ish’s House,” the house on “San Lupo Drive” which was the Stewart home when Earth Abides was written, and Ish’s home in the novel. But that will need to wait until the time when there is funding available for it. Until then – and after – this is a fine piece of work, to be enjoyed by people in many places around the globe – and beyond, if someone on the International Space Station is a Stewart fan.