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Bob Richards

TitleBob Richards
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-03-28
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #120 - "Bob Richards" (Air Date June 7, 2005). Retired U.C. Davis Tahoe Research Group professor Bob Richards takes a look back at the 35 years he spent studying Lake Tahoe.
SubjectRichards, Bob
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment A120: Bob Richards Air Date 6/7/05 Tease @ 25:01 "Bob Richards has probably spent more time that anyone else out on Lake Tahoe with the Lake Tahoe Research Group. I'm Shelly Purdy, coming up on the Lake Tahoe Report, I'll introduce you to this newly retired researcher." Anchor Intro: U.C. Davis has had a presence at Lake Tahoe since the early 1960s in the form of their Tahoe Research Group. And Bob Richards has been a researcher with the group nearly from the beginning. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy introduces us to the newly retired to Bob Richards and takes a look back at his life studying Lake Tahoe. ((TAKE PKG)) ((sot @ 10:22 Bob Richards)) "I came up here for what I thought was a temporary job in 1969, and here we are in 2005 and it's a career." ((track 1)) I got a chance to talk with Bob Richards in his cozy Lake Tahoe home. He's spending a bit more time at home these days, having recently retired from the U.C. Davis Tahoe Research Group. But, though he's officially retired, he's going back to work this summer part-time. ((sot @ 14:31)) "The other time is going to be home repairs, catching up on my honey-do list and spending time with my grandkids and two daughters." ((Track 2)) When Bob takes a look back on the more than 35 years he's spent studying Lake Tahoe, he says it's been a wonderfully exciting, interesting and rewarding job. Bob's main responsibility over the years was to be out on the lake taking water samples and measuring water clarity. ((sot @ 11:33) "The advantages of the job is that we get to see the lake in all of its moods and at all different times of day and night. There's nothing like being in Emerald Bay in the middle of winter when the snow blankets the entire canyon around Emerald Bay under a full moonlight. It's spectacular." ((Track 3)) In addition to taking water samples, Bob has hosted President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore on his research boat. He's taken literally thousands of schoolchildren for tours out on the lake over the years, and he's worked with researchers from around the world. Though the work continues, Bob will be greatly missed. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: As Shelly mentioned, Bob Richards will be missed…but not too much. He plans to continue working with the Tahoe Research Group part-time.

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