Howie Roman and Paul Snow

Folk U: Coming to Cortes Island 50 years ago

On October 1st Howie Roman celebrated his 50th anniversary of moving to Cortes with his wife and VW van.  This led to an unexpected interview on Folk U, in which Howie talks about: the New York he remembers; why he wasn’t a draft dodger; coming to Cortes in 1971; when the power lines were only on the main road; growing your own food; the stores; how the floorboards bounced at a dance at Gorge Hall; the importance of radio in the 1970s-90s.

Folk U Radio asks “What do you know?” with host Manda Aufochs Gillespie. Tune in to hear neighbours share their interests, knowledge and skills with each other. This show has the diversity and breadth of the people of the Salish Sea: featuring everything from ancient history in the area form a professor who wrote the book to the current take on Wildfire protection and everything in between. Folk U Radio is produced by Folk University in collaboration with CKTZ 89.5 FM and support from Cortes Currents. Folk U Radio:  taking old-school viral. 

Host Manda Aufochs Gillespie is the author of the Green Mama series of books, free-lance journalist, writer, and provost and producer at Folk University. Learn more at

Top photo credit: Howie Roman and Paula Snow standing beside the woodshed in 1972. – courtesy Howie Roman