Hale Powell lived and worked on the Coastside as an electrician and carpenter in the 1970s. At that time there wasn’t a lot of fresh construction going on–the Coastal Act, which would freeze all building near our part of the Pacific Ocean, was just around the corner.
Probably as a by-product of the free-spirited, artistic 1960s, it came as no surprise that many of the carpenters on the Coastside were young and artistic–and had attended some college. Today it’s hard to find young Coastsiders working with their hands, working wood, creating sculptures, furniture, custom-built houses–but then, in the 1970s, many of the young Coastsiders, most of them “newcomers,” were doing just that.
Hale Powell belonged to that club of young folks. Today he lives back East, is married and a father. HPEnergy, his consulting business, focusses on developing sources of “green energy.”
Hale can be reached at [email protected]m.
(Photo: L-R, Hale, Shoshana and daughter Channah. The Powell stands on the beautiful “North Bridge” in Concord, Mass., site of the first battle of the American Revolution.)