Due to a nasty divorce when I was 2, I only met my father face to face when I was 27. We lived in different states and talked on the phone every week for about 4 years up to that point. What can I say? It was complicated. At that time I had the pleasure of being introduced to his book from his years at NBC News. It was an all consuming project for years, putting it together and trying to get it published. I loved him and his photographs. We saw eye to eye artistically, especially on the little things that many people might not notice, we understood each other. 15 years and 5 days ago, he got up one morning, had a petty argument with his loving wife of 36 years, went into the guest room to lay down on the bed, and died. Not a terrible way to go, while shocking to loved ones, we all gotta go and isn't this what we all wish for when our time comes? His book lay everywhere, unpublished. He was 70 and so excited because he had just learned how to turn the computer on and off. He had a great heart and a wicked sense of humor. His wife, Sheila, beautiful, talented and OMG organized, passed away 3 months later from her brave battle with cancer. It was her organization that made this project a pleasure for me. So, he left me the copyrights to his work. I have wanted to do something for him, to make his dream come true. Technology moving at breakneck speed brings us to today. No longer at the mercy of a publisher wondering how they will market the work, "is it a photo book, a history book, a coffee table book...?" The answer is "Yes." It is all of those things, an artist and photographer taking his still camera with him to take advantage of opportunities presented to him by working with NBC News during the 50's & 60's. He saw things in people and places that were ironic, iconic and historical. He witnessed things we still talk about today. Pivotal points in American History. He also photographed the people he worked with, because he appreciated their friendships and talents and saw them as no less important or interesting than the celebrities he photographed. Enjoy. I enjoyed putting it together for him and just put the book on Amazon as a Kindle download. I don't have the link as I write this but will post it on the site when it comes up. I will blog one story a week until the book is all on the blog. I'm excited, cheers Genie & Sheila!
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