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May 21, 1992 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Berkeley publisher John Javna operates on the principle that individual actions can make a difference, even in today's mass-marketed world. He first tested his theory in 1989 when his small EarthWorks Press published "50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth." It worked. "50 Simple Things" topped Publisher's Weekly trade paperback bestseller list in 1990, sold 3.
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May 21, 1992 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Berkeley publisher John Javna operates on the principle that individual actions can make a difference, even in today's mass-marketed world. He first tested his theory in 1989 when his small EarthWorks Press published "50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth." It worked. "50 Simple Things" topped Publisher's Weekly trade paperback bestseller list in 1990, sold 3.
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December 3, 1989 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Javna has written 20 books including a couple that were big hits, but he wasn't prepared for the reaction to this one. "People are ordering it by the dozens," he said. "Every time the telephone rings it's like this new adventure. It's kind of unbalancing me, in a way." Javna was sitting in his study at home in North Berkeley, taking orders for a book that is just getting into stores and hasn't been advertised anywhere.
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December 3, 1989 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Javna has written 20 books including a couple that were big hits, but he wasn't prepared for the reaction to this one. "People are ordering it by the dozens," he said. "Every time the telephone rings it's like this new adventure. It's kind of unbalancing me, in a way." Javna was sitting in his study at home in North Berkeley, taking orders for a book that is just getting into stores and hasn't been advertised anywhere.
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December 10, 1989
Re: "50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth," by John Javna: I can't take issue with 99% of what he says, but why is it that he has such a blind spot when it comes to the environmental problems he is causing. He seems quite oblivious to the fact that publishing 26,000 copies of his book (at 96 pages each, and thousands more copies to come, if the first printing is a success), caused the felling of many trees. And, how about all the fuel consumer by the trucks hauling that wood (paper)
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November 8, 1990 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Let's talk about babies. Actually, I'd thought of taking this occasion to discuss children and environmentalism. But on the phone with a friend, Berkeley-based John Javna (author of "50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth"), we got to discussing babies--he's a brand-new father--and what we should be doing for their environmental safety, specifically cloth versus plastic diapers. It turns out to be an important topic, not just for new parents but for everybody.
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March 10, 1992 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
Watching or reading the news you can get the impression that kids spend most of their time toting guns to school, getting pregnant, doing drugs and watching music videos. For a different take on the upcoming generation, adults as well as children should tune in to "50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth," today's "Schoolbreak Special" on CBS (3 p.m. on Channels 2 and 8).
NEWS
December 29, 1989
Feel the quality of life slipping away? Check out the latest work by John Javna, North Berkeley author of 20 books. It's a modest 96-page blue-and-gold paperback titled "50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth." Javna's Top 10 list: 1. Turn down your water heater. For every 10 degrees, you save 6% of the energy previously used. The recommended setting is 130 degrees. 2. Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank. You can save between 3,000 and 5,000 gallons of water a year.
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March 8, 1992 | LAUREN LIPTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new CBS Schoolbreak Special, "50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth," proves once again that every little bit helps. Based on the best-selling book by John Javna and The Earthworks Group, the special looks at different ways to save natural resources such as water, wildlife and air.
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January 4, 1985 | ELENITA RAVICZ
Picture the Cartwright family from "Bonanza" riding onto the Ponderosa singing, "We got a right to pick a little fight, Bonanza! If anyone fights anyone of us, he's gotta fight with me!" to the tune of the show's theme song. Then visualize these big, strong men laughing so hard that they almost fall off their horses. This actually happened, according to John Javna, author of the recently published "TV Theme Song Sing-Along SongBook."
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February 17, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
"There's just one other thing, sir." "Columbo," right? Unmistakable. Now try this one: "Abracadabra, the guy's a cadaver." The crazy rhythms of "Moonlighting," of course. David Addison (Bruce Willis) speaking. There are special cadences and stylized exchanges in TV's classic series. In the end, words, words, words are what make TV's deals, deals, deals pay off, from "Dragnet" to "The Wonder Years." And the Hollywood landscape is being changed by the intensified wooing of wordsmiths.
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