Hyder Fast 1986 - 1987
Outside the White House
Astrogeophysicist Dr. Charles Hyder announces his fast for nuclear disarmament at National Press Club
Senator Tom Harkin visits Hyder in November
More and more people come to visit
Supporters William Thomas, Robin White, and ex-wife Laurie Hyder
Dr. Jim Evans, Dr. Hyder's faithful companion throughout the fast
Supporter/songwriter Sunrise Harmony
Photographer Nancy Shia's children charmed by Dr. Hyder
Columnist Colman McCarthy and Nobel Laureate George Wald
Dr. Carl Sagan visits Dr. Hyder, and offers him a trip to the Geneva disarmament talks
Drs. Hyder and Evans arrive in Geneva...
... and return to snow and respect
Dr. Ted Taylor, former nuclear weapons designer, visits Dr. Hyder. A large group of scientists issued a statement supporting Dr. Hyder's goal of global nuclear disarmament, and asking him to stop fasting.
In Russia, Dr. Hyder is a hero. A pass in the Urals Mountains is named after him, and a peace float in the May Day 1987 parade is dedicated to him. Gorbachev writes him a personal note asking him to stop fasting, and praising the goal of reducing the nuclear threat.
Russian media (Igor Ignatiev of TASS, etc.) interview; US media is much less interested
American comedian Dick Gregory visits Dr. Hyder
Supporters Jim Evans and William and Ellen Thomas (background)
D.C. City Councilmember Hilda Mason (left) visits Dr. Hyder
At end of fast, Dr. Hyder announces his 1988 bid for the presidency
In the early 1970's, a solar flare was named after Dr. Hyder