8. Dayton Duncan reflects, “Most of the _science _ I know, I learned at a national park as an adult; and a good deal of my history too.” 9. Most of the rangers were men, but a few were _women _. 10. Were all the questions that rangers were asked intelligent questions? _They asked silly questions like what time did the moose come out for pictures? How much of this cave is underground? How many miles of this cavern haven’t been discovered yet? Why did the Indians build their ruins so close to the road? Where is the restroom? How far is Las Vegas?_ Episode 4, Chapter 10 “The Good That He Has Done” 1. Stephen Mather would talk for hours reviewing his plans for the national parks. “They belong to everybody,” he used to say. “We’ve got to do what we can to see that nobody stays away because he can’t _afford _ it.” 2. Mather enjoyed nothing better than traveling from park to park in his big touring car, wearing his park ranger’s uniform, and keeping a frenetic pace that became _legendary_. 3. In the spring of 1927, on his way back from inspecting Hawaii National Park, Mather suffered a heart attack. But a month later he was in _Yosemite _, where he hiked to Glacier Point to prove to his doctor that he was back at full strength and capable of resuming his busy schedule. 4. The Zion National Park tunnel was considered an engineering marvel, and Mather became so excited about it, he stayed for several more days so he could become the first person to _walk_ through it. 5. On July 4, 1928, he celebrated his 61 st birthday in his favorite park, Yosemite. He had persuaded some newspapers to report on the logging being done on a grove of giant sugar pines located in a privately owned parcel within the park boundaries, and was pleased to learn that their stories had prompted John D. Rockefeller Jr. to put up $_1.7 million _ to help buy the land, make it part of Yosemite, and protect the trees forever.
6. On January 22, 1930, Stephen Mather died from a stroke. In his memory, a mountain just east of Mount McKinley would be named Mount _Mather _; an overlook at the Grand Canyon would be called Mather Point; a scenic stretch of the Potomac River would be named _Mather_ Gorge; and a nationwide tree- planting campaign in his honor would also result in _Mather _ Forest near Lake George. 7. And every national park, the agency he had created and molded to his vision, would erect a bronze plaque with his likeness and these words: “There will never come an end to the _good _ that he has done.”
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