Talk:Gaylord Nelson

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"Gaylord Nelson was born in Clear Lake, Wisconsin in 1881." I'm pretty sure the date is wrong here. It says he was born in 1916 next to his name. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:53, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

Anyways it says he foundeded Earth Day in one part of the article, and says he played a large role in founding Earth Day in another. Can somebody fix that after confirming either fact? I've got exams to deal with right now.


I have added some section headings and improved the readability of the quotes. The article as it stood was a bit hard on the eyes, especially given the large number of wikilinks. The heading "Life after politics" isn't ideal - Nelson remained a political activist long after he lost his Senate seat - but I couldnt think of any thing better. Suggestions? Euryalus 10:40, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Earth Day founder[edit]

Most sources (including all the ones cited in this article) credit Nelson with being the founder of Earth Day. The Earth Day article also notes that the concept was Fred Dutton's, first outlined in a memo to President Kennedy. Both of these are correct - Dutton came up with the idea but it was Nelson who was the force behind making it happen.

I have reworded the article slightly to say Nelson was the principal founder of Earth Day - this recognises his central role without disregarding the involvement of other such as Dutton. Comments welcome. Euryalus 10:46, 26 April 2007 (UTC)