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When he realized Earth Day was coming up, Dave Wallerstedt, stirred to dusty memories, plucked a scrapbook from a shelf in his hall closet.
His wife, Cheryl, has been meticulously compiling scrapbooks since they were married in January 1969. The volume Wallerstedt grabbed was from early in the series – 1972.
He flipped through the pages until he found the picture, a photo clipped from the April 22, 1972, issue of the Albuquerque Journal. In it, Wallerstedt, then just weeks shy of his 25th birthday, is smiling at the camera, a spiked stick in one hand, a sack in the other.
The caption notes that Wallerstedt, a University of New Mexico architecture student, is doing his bit for Earth Week by cleaning Yale Park south of UNM’s main campus.