Harvey Broome was to the Smoky Mountains what Sigurd Olson was to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Also, like Sigurd, he served as president of The Wilderness Society. In fact, Broome was one of the society’s eight founders in 1935. He was born on this date in 1902.
Broome and his wife, Anna, were good friends with Sigurd and Elizabeth Olson, especially after 1956, when Sigurd joined the governing council of The Wilderness Society. After reading The Singing Wilderness when it came out that April, Broome joked that he worried Sigurd’s writing was so good people might make it a substitute for actual outdoor experience.
A private practice attorney in Tennessee, Broome became president of The Wilderness Society in 1957. Sigurd Olson became his vice-president in 1963. In March 1968 Broome died of a heart attack after sawing a log he planned to turn into a wren house, and Sigurd succeeded his friend as president of The Wilderness Society.
The quote highlighted above is from Out Under the Sky of the Great Smokies: A Personal Journal, published posthumously.
Understanding the current of life is a function of the gold portion of the singing wilderness spiritual map.