The family and friends of the late Doug Korthof, who inspired this very “Ride Me” category, hopes Cal State Long Beach students get a charge out of the donations made to his alma mater in his name.
It's two 240-volt electric
vehicle chargers that belonged to the Seal Beach activist, who envisioned a world full of plug-in cars, former auto parts stores for lease and scrapped gasoline pumps.
Lisa Rosen bestowed the gift chargers to the university where she met her future husband Korthof, at an Aug. 16 ceremony in Parking
Structure 1, reports EverythingLongBeach.com. Besides earning his bachelor's in math at the same school in 1968, Korthof received his master's in philosophy there two years later and lectured in the math and information systems departments there in the 1980s.
You might have also seen Korthof on campus with a picket sign a decade or so ago, when American Indian activists and supporters protested planned university building on a site considered sacred.
He passed away in February.
But it was all upbeat at the campus ceremony, as EverythingLongBeach reports Paul Wingco, the university's energy and sustainability manager, saying, “We are grateful to Adopt A Charger and the sponsor Friends of Doug Korthof for their contribution to campus sustainability.”
Both nonprofits Wingco mentioned are dedicated to sustaining the push plug-in EVs, just as Korthof did, landing him on the cover of OC Weekly and in the documentary
Who Killed the Electric Car.
Perhaps the most-surprising participant at the Long Beach State ceremony was Bob Lutz,
a former GM vice chairman Korthof often clashed with.
“We were enemies on
the surface, kindred spirits in depth,” Lutz reportedly explained. “We're both opinionated, often
wrong, seldom in doubt. He fought for what he believed to be right, and
so did I. I respect him for his passion and commitment.”
If Korthof was around, he might have bragged that he got the last laugh. As EverythingLongBeach notes, Lutz would champion the Chevy Volt, an extended range electric vehicle that debuted last year.