Johnny

Condor-killer?

In June 1965, his truck caught fire due to an overheated wheel bearing, triggering a forest fire that burnt several hundred acres in Los Padres National Forest in California. When the judge asked Cash why he did it, Cash said, “I didn’t do it, my truck did, and it’s dead, so you can’t question it.” The fire destroyed 508 acres (206 ha), burning the foliage off three mountains and killing 49 of the refuge’s 53 endangered condors. Cash was unrepentant: “I don’t care about your damn yellow buzzards.” The federal government sued him and was awarded $125,172 ($923127 in 2013 dollars). Cash eventually settled the case and paid $82,001. He said he was the only person ever sued by the government for starting a forest fire.


One Comment on “Johnny”

  1. Prince says:

    nh got it and now I’ve got figure out how to send a choaolcte biccy in the post!This shot was taken at the avenue of trees leading to the London Eye. A small aperture, a long exposure and then a silly swirly dance with the camera. The vertical thick blue lines you can see are the large cables that run up to the wheel.


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