Oral Histories

Bill Meador

b.1933

Bill Meador

Q: What do you consider the best and the worst things about living in Moab both then and now?

A: I’ve always enjoyed the ability to get in my pickup and be out in the boondocks in fifteen minutes and have a picnic with my family. In Kansas you can’t do that. You’re on somebody else’s wheat farm. I’ve enjoyed the isolationism and the lack of hectic turmoil. I spend three days in Las Vegas and I’m worn out from noise and people and traffic. I live right in the world where I want to live. I think that is the best part, although I hate to use the term, it’s what I mean by lifestyle. I’ve enjoyed being comfortable with my surroundings and enjoying being out there. I think there are some restrictions. I see the kinds of programs that are available to my four-year-old grandson in Vegas. He could choose from a variety of athletic coaching that is good coaching. He could choose all kinds of musical instruction, after-school musical programs and reading programs, all those things that are not available here. He has an extension that is almost unlimited which I see as a drawback to kids living here. You can always overcome those. I’ve never felt short-changed for that. I saw a little girl play the piano in Las Vegas the other day and she had a professional piano teacher at her beck and call. Those kinds of things are the drawbacks to kids in Moab, the extension kind of activities that are not available to our students or our young people starting to make choices and growing up.

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