The Sunday New York Times had not one, but two shout-outs to clever East Bay folks last weekend. First up: Berkeley resident Ernest Callenbach, the science editor who wrote the cult uptopian novel Ecotopia in the 1970s. Although the Times doesn't think much of it as a work of art, the ideas promulgated by the book (locavore culture, recycling, etc.) have since become key elements to sustainable living. In fact, the author argues, Callenbach's ecological urban vision essentially prefigured the city of Portland.
Meanwhile, the Year in Ideas issue of the magazine tips its hat to Piedmont High football offensive coordinator Steve Humphries, who confounded defenses with his "spreading the offense" scheme, a plan that has migrated to the NFL and changed the game, however briefly. In case you don't know, the layout makes every lineman a potential receiver and uses multiple quarterbacks, a guaranteed mindfuck until defenses adjust. And they will. But it was cool enough for Miami to whip the Patriots earlier this year.