"Here I was, an educator and great promoter of his books, looking for help with the generation he claimed was most important, but because I was not spending money (other than the $45 I spent to hear him lecture), I was waved off."Well, Jenn... don't take it too hard. It could have been worse... just ask journalist Licia Corbella.
I approached Suzuki to get a quick quote about the importance of saving this wilderness from logging.
He was curt. "Not now," he said. Silly me, but I took that to mean later. So, a little later and a lot more sheepishly, I approached the renowned environmentalist again and again he snapped, "not now."
Shortly before I was slated to get back on the helicopter and head back to civilization to file my stories, I approached Suzuki one last time. This time he was clearer.
"Fuck off," he snapped.