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Art Kopecky

Manhattan-born Arthur Kopecky received a degree in history from the City College of NY, studied Chinese language at Columbia University, worked for Citi Bank, and drove a cab. He has spent hundreds of hours on the New York subways. With Bobbi he traveled in Europe several times. In 1967, packed into a VW bug, he changed coasts and headed for graduate school at UC Berkeley. The allure of the new developing culture was too much. First taking a job with the Post Office, Art then joined Pepe and Dennis for travels across the US in the

Art Kopecky Photo 1970
lavishly carpeted Wonder bread truck they called the Mind Machine. Their first communal scene developed at Woody's house in Bolinas. In 1971 after more travels with the truck, the Pride family settled at New Buffalo in New Mexico where his natural aptitude for farming flourished. After the commune was taken over eight years later, Kopecky and family worked at Bauer Brothers Dairy in Nebraska before moving back to Northern California where he worked for five more years as a dairy herdsman. His twelve years in the back to the land movement and six years on large modern family dairies gives him a deep knowledge of farming.

Art switched to fine furniture building and then to many aspects of construction, getting a contractor's license in 1987. He and Sandy and boys Jason and Emil, followed their homesteading instincts and purchased a property in rural Sebastopol, where they built a house and extensive gardens. Kopecky is also involved with the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society. Now sixty he credits physical work for his strength and optimism for his youthfulness.

For more information on Kopecky or New Buffalo, please contact Amanda Sutton, UNM Press publicity at 505-277-0655, 505-277-9270 (fax), or asutton@unm.edu.
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