Getting Back to Nuts and Bolts

ACTOR JOHN RATZENBERGER WANTS TO SEE EVERY KID BECOME A HANDS-ON MAKER.

BY DALE DOUGHERTY

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Forty years ago at Woodstock, John Ratzenberger was operating a tractor. He lived nearby in Bearsville, N.Y., working as a journeyman carpenter, and he’d heard the festival was going to need workers. When he showed up, someone asked if he could drive a tractor. “I said yes, and they gave me the keys,” he remembers.

What he recalls about Woodstock is the rain and how unprepared the crowd was when the food ran out and the porta-potties were full. “If it wasn’t for the National Guard, who arrived with food and toilets, Woodstock ...

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