I was born Edward Izumi Ellsworth in Sasebo, Nagasaki prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. I joke that I come from a “nuclear family”. My Japanese mother is a survivor of the Nagasaki nuclear bomb blast, my American father was a nuclear missile technician stationed in Japan during the Korean conflict of the 1950’s. My younger brother Dan became a nuclear tender on submarines, and now works at a nuclear power plant in Arkansas. So, of course I had to become the peace and environmental activist.
I was a close associate of Henry S. Dakin’s, since the mid-1980s. I worked with him and his typesetting company on book projects like Information Moscow. I started The Dolphin Network newsletter at the 3220 offices, using this new Postscript printing technology. I purchased his Linotronic typesetter and Oscar-Fisher film processing equipment in 1989, and used it to start Pinnacle Type (on Hotaling, near the TransAmerica Building, San Francisco). I worked with Henry Dakin on various projects with Washington Research Institute and the 3220 Gallery penthouse gathering space. We used to monitor the Molniya satellite, and help various citizen-to-citizen peace and environmental projects.
Dan Sythe (International Medcom), Henry Dakin and I (Washington Research Institute) put a remote geiger counter radiation detection network around Chernobyl in the mid-80′s. The Chernobyl plant was venting radioactive gases, without warning the surrounding population. The Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred on 26 April 1986, at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. It was considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, until Fukushima. I worked on the petition drive campaign for Green Action Japan. I also worked with Dan Sythe on geigercounter.com, and he just took some geiger counters to be donated to Japan.
At 3220, I managed the building’s T1 internet connection and supported many groups that started or came through there. Henry enjoyed making newsletters and posters for many notable groups, and I was there doing technical support. I helped Henry with one of the first video conferences after 9/11, connecting in the UK with author Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed of The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked, September 11, 2001.
3220 incubated or hatched many influential companies and groups: Apple Computer’s Multimedia Lab, Amnesty International, Association of Space Explorers, Astrology.com, Berkeley-Leningrad Sister City Project, California Institute of Integral Studies, Center for Citizen Initiatives, Collective Heritage Institute (Bioneers), Church of Shambala, Damanhur, Data Fusion, Democratic Socialists of America, Doctors Without Borders, Earth First!, Earth Island Institute, EcoNet, Esalen/Soviet Exchange Program, Foundation for Social Innovation, Friends of Calligraphy, Global Space Bridge of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Heart to Heart, Information Moscow, International Space Sciences Association, Institute for Noetic Sciences, Institute for Global Communications, InterNews, Mother Jones Magazine, Nuclear Free Zone, Pachama Alliance, Parapsychology Research Group, PeaceNet, Peace Child, Pinnacle Type, Physicians for Social Responsibilty, Rainforest Action Network, San Francisco AIDS Society, SANE Freeze, San Francisco/Moscow Teleport, San Francisco Tesla Society, San Francisco Waldorf School, San Francisco Zen Center, Sound Photosynthesis, The Cultural Conservancy, The Dolphin Network, The Elmwood Institute, The Energy Foundation, The Gorbachev Foundation, Threshold Foundation, The Tides Foundation, Tibetan Cultural Preservation Project, Tuuleme River Trust, The Waite Group, US-USSR Youth Exchange Program, Washington Research Institute, WorldLink and many, many more.
Board of Directors – Chaksampa, a Tibetan Dance and Opera Company chaksampa.org
Petition Campaign – Green Action Japan fukushima.greenaction-japan.com