This is only tangentially related to Torchwood, but I can't let the upcoming 90th birthday of an icon pass unacknowledged: Pete Seeger will be 90 on Sunday. According to CNN, he performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest recently with his grandson, and said in an interview:
"CNN: How important is it to have storytelling out there in this day in age?
Seeger: There's always a danger that you let the machine do it for you. And I think what we are going to see in the next few years, is people finding a way they can do something themselves. Whatever it is.
I put it this way: The agriculture revolution took thousands of years, the industrial revolution took hundreds of years, but the information [revolution] is only taking decades. And if you use it, use the brains God gave us, miracles are going to happen. "
I was an undergraduate during the folk revival of the 60s, and his position can't be overestimated; his influence on Baez, Dylan, and others was enormous. To see him still performing is amazing. He has been a voice for oppressed people all his life, and in recent years has been active as an environmentalist trying to save the rivers of upstate New York.
Happy Birthday, Pete! And many more.