Cosmic Aeroplane: A Love Story

Written by James Taylor

Salt Lake's Cosmic Aeroplane (1967-1991) was a major nexus of cultural changes that were rippling through the youth culture in America in the mid- to late '60s. The Civil Rights Movement—an insane war that still had the support of the country at large—the birth of the modern day environmental movement—the call of psychedelics and the mind-opening possibilities they presented—a growing interest in Eastern philosophies—and an abiding interest in the new music of the day: These concerns coalesced in a little store that expanded the minds of many people who walked through its doors.

Editor's Notebook: Congratulations CATALYST Winners!

On June 26, the Utah chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists had their awards ceremony. It's been maybe 10 years since we participated. This year we decided to step up to the plate again. It was a rewarding endeavor! Out of several hundred submissions, CATALYST took home eight awards. We are honored to be acknowledged by our cohorts.

Don't Get Me Started: No More Toy Trolleys

Written by John deJong
Published in Regulars & Shorts

Mass transit that serves the masses.
by John deJong

When Mormon Patriarchs Tremble

Written by Troy Williams

Patriarchal Panic (pey-tree-ahr-kuhl pan-ik): noun; the phenomenon of male religious leaders loosing their shit every time a woman gently advocates for ecclesiastical equality. To my knowledge, the term was first coined by Mormon heretic, Sonja Johnson. She was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in December of 1979. Her crime? Organizing Mormons for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).


Written by Amy Brunvand
Published in Regulars & Shorts

Environmental news from around the state and the West.
by Amy Brunvand

Slightly Off Center

Written by Dennis Hinkamp
Published in Regulars & Shorts

Peacekeeping mission.
by Dennis Hinkamp

Green Bits

Written by Pax Rasmussen
Published in Regulars & Shorts

News and ideas for a healthier, more sustainable future.
by Pax Rasmussen

Utility Watch

Written by Katherine Pioli
Published in Regulars & Shorts

Helping or hindering a clean energy future?
by Katherine Pioli

Comings & Goings

Written by CATALYST Magazine
Published in Regulars & Shorts

What's new around town.

Shall We Dance?

Written by Amy Brunvand

In June I spent a week floating down the San Juan River in Southern Utah with a bunch of dancing goddesses. Well, strictly speaking they were seven little girls ranging in age from four to 12, but the Girl Power they generated was palpable. Richard Louv who wrote Last Child in the Woods is on to something with his idea of nature deficit disorder. On the river kids inclined to slouch in front of the TV and complain about being bored glow with energy and laughter.