My working life began with service in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1957. I later attended Middle Tennessee State University under the Korean GI Bill. I graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and from Tennessee State University in 1980 with a master’s degree in Education. I taught woodworking in the public school system from 1970 to 1982.
In 1984 I founded The American Woodworker magazine. With the help of my wife, we managed every facet of the magazine, from solicitation of articles, ads, and subscriptions to proofreading typeset. We published the magazine for three years before selling to Rodale Press in 1988.
I have shown my art in dozens of arts and craft shows. I have worked in various mediums, including watercolor, collage, bronze, woodworking and photography. I was fortunate enough to win Best of Show in the Tullahoma Art Festival in 2002 and have won awards at Tennessee Association of Craft Artists in Nashville in 2003 and 2004. A bronze piece was selected for the permanent collection in the museum of The Academy of Model Aviation.
My love of photography spans over 50 years. It began with a 4 X 5 camera in my teens. As I passed 70 years of age, I have opted for the lighter 35 mm. In 1984 I had the privilege of spending a week aboard the USS Independence photographing the launch and retrieval of US fighter aircraft. At the same time I was able to photograph such people as Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers, Brooke Shields, Vanessa Williams, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, along with a host of other well known celebrities who were aboard filming the TV special, “A Salute To Lady Liberty”.
Upon retirement I began a more serious study of photography. I have been fortunate to be able to travel and photograph many places. Ironically, some of the most interesting shots I have taken have been within ten miles of my home. It is amazing what one can see and learn when close attention is paid to one’s environment.
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