Archive Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Title Oral History of Barry Spitz
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, author, outdoorsman, and running enthusiast Barry Spitz recounts his adventures, encounters, and investigations over the course of more than 40 years of living in Marin County. Born in Brooklyn in 1948, Barry moved to California at the age of 22 after completing an MBA at Columbia University. He settled initially in San Francisco where he worked in the banking industry for a few years before buying a house in San Anselmo and leaving the corporate world behind for good. Barry describes how in 1973 he discovered a passion for running, which set him on the path to his future work as a race announcer and author. He discusses the many books he has written, beginning with Best Running Trails of the San Francisco Bay Area (1978), his seminal Dipsea: the Greatest Race (1993), and the wonderful works of local history, including Mill Valley: the Early Years (1996), Marin: a History (2006), and To Save a Mountain: A 100-Year Battle for Mount Tamalpais (2012) that have established him as the great chronicler of the life, times, and personalities of Marin. Throughout this oral history Barry expresses his love of nature, devotion to preservation, and his passion for running along with the intimate joys provided by friendship and family.
Audio and Transcript Click here to hear recording.
Click here to read the transcript.
Dates of Creation 2015-10-22
Narrator's name Spitz, Barry
Interviewer Schwartz, Debra
Extent and Medium Transcript: 26pp
Recording: 01:32:27
Search Terms Authors - Marin County
Dipsea Race
Hiking
Historians
Historical societies
History
Mill Valley
Mt. Tamalpais
Nature
Parks
Runners (Sports)
Running
Running races
State parks & reserves
Tamalpais Conservation Club
Trails & paths
Object ID 2016.009.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.