In the 30 years that have passed since CATALYST began, the valley has changed profoundly. Salt Lake City has opened coffee shops, brew pubs, and gourmet restaurants. It has welcomed immigrants and refugees from all over the world, produced writers and artists of international renown, and begun to wrestle with the fundamental issues of environmental conservation and public health. We are the melting pot of the Great Basin, a place where practicality, spirituality and creativity all meet and mingle to create a unique essence. Out-of-towners, expecting a monoculture, are constantly surprised by the vibrancy they find here.
Congratulations, then, to our 100 catalysts. You have made our city, our state, and the wider world a better, kinder, more fun and more gracious place to live. We honor you, and the many we couldn't fit on this list who have helped you. Here's to another 30 years—and more!—of evolution.
Way more than just a spinner of tunes, this fun-loving DJ has influenced what Salt Lake City listens to for two decades. He exposed a lot of people to their first dose of house music at both prestigious city-sponsored events and underground raves. Walker's diverse and spiritual sets have opened minds everywhere in the Great Basin and beyond, and he is always ready to help a beginner DJ along.