The Who of Cuke Archives
photo by Katrinka McKay, January 2020
Peter has been putting major time into Cuke Archives since 2010. He's involved with me daily with all aspects of it but his forte is the mechanics of it all which is way beyond my ken. The data base of shunryusuzuki.com, the dropdown menus on cuke.com, the form and function of the off line archive are but some highlights of his contributions. Peter has an acute eye for detail and a steady grasp of the complex entirety of Cuke Archives. We both get ideas of what should be done, but he's the one who makes it work. Frequently we're in touch multiple times in a day. Often I'm like an assistant to him, providing material, expressing gratitude. - DC
Peter's Cuke page
Co-conspirator, advisor, supporter
Michael came to the SFZC in the early seventies to do the first archiving of Shunryu Suzuki lecture tapes. In the eighties he became the SFZC's literary agent. I wrote my first book, Thank You and OK, at his urging. He's functioned since then as an agent, editor, advisor, and substantial supporter of all in the Cuke realm and beyond. - DC
Michael's Cuke page
Clare Hollander is a long-time Zen practitioner who checks our USPO box weekly and deals with other communications and tasks including shopping, scanning, banking, mailing. She's head of the Cuke California office which has no particular physical location, but it has her.
Lawrence Burns is the co-founder and treasurer for Cuke Press and has taken care of Cuke Press mailing, editing and design of our first book on Tassajara history, and a good deal more.
Aside from the five of us mentioned above, Cuke Archives is the result of the contributions of a legion of others who work on various projects or tasks, made contributions of material, and offered financial support. A few people in particular come to mind. We're most grateful to Lew Richmond, Michael Wenger, Steve Stucky, Bill Redican, and John Tarrant. Click on their names and the role of each will be described on their cuke pages. Countless others: This morning got an email from Barbara Wenger with a copy of a Twitter post about how early Suzuki student Diane DiPrima is doing. It will be entered onto Diane's Cuke page and featured on the Cuke What's New Blog. As I write, there are two volunteers checking over transcriptions Peter Ford did of Suzuki lecture audio - newly discovered at the SFZC City Center. A great deal of the material herein of course wasn't created by or for Cuke. What we do is to gather as much of it as we can from here and there, add it to what we have come up with, and make it all available. It would be impossible to make a complete list of contributors, but there are many named on the page for the History of Shunryu Suzuki Archiving. Then there are the lists of people on the Contributors Page. And one could look at the list of over 500 of us on the People Index. And all of those named and unnamed in this 2020 Cuke Archives presentation. - DC