Random career pictures:  No one had more fun!!

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I was a Television News – field photographer, field technical director, KU SAT Op and field producer for 20 years. Based in Washington DC I shot news and sports into the mid-90s. I took a Masters Degree and then went into television technical ops management.  (and I continued to have a professional blast in broadcasting.)  In 2003 I left NBC in Washington DC  and went to work for KABC in LA.  Retired Fall of 2013. At age:63

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ABOVE: Soviet Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev came to Washington DC to meet with President Reagan.  The Press blanketed the City during his stay. I drew a fun assignment. Me and Katie Couric staked out the Russian Embassy on 16th street to watch the comings and goings. Lots of tourists came by as well as did Washington DC celebrities including Carl Bernstein (one of the most important journalists of the 20th century).  Katie took the photo. Bernstein just hung out and watched the Russian Zil limo’s come and go like everyone else.

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Above: July 4, 1982. On the Capitol mall. As I recall the Beach Boys were playing that day.
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Me: Standing in the center of Hollywood Blvd. during the Oscars 2011. Entertainment Tonight and BBC cameras on the platform above.

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Above: Emmys at the end of the day as I’m walking to the Production Truck  I see these two women from Entertainment Tonight looking at pictures. I just ripped off a quick picture of them and kept on walking.

Above: A few of the dozens and dozens of News ID’s–over the years

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Pre-Fox Steve Doocy.  He didn’t like me.  I didn’t like him.

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Location:  Balcony of the  US Senate Russell office building.  This is where Network TV reporters have stood for decades when reporting on Capitol Hill stories.

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Hanging out with Desert Storm Vets before the start of the Victory parade. I always carried 2 radios for comms.  UHF for transmission comms and VHF for editorial.

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Above:  On my home desk. An early 1960’s image orthicon Television Camera Tube. An Old Timer in the MTC department gave it to me. If you work on the Oscars production they give you the official event poster.  This was said to be “cool”  because it was not available to the general public.  Hollywood “elitists”!! 
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In LA, when we upgraded to the last of the “Big Iron” Cameras- My Boss and I pushed for the Canon 22:1 Lenses.  Even at our huge discount, they were over $20K each. We bought just shy of a half-million dollars worth of Glass.  We had the best – looking video in LA.tank2 DesertDesert Storm: We’re driving toward Kuwait in Saudi Arabia– and we come upon a broken down US Tank.  The Tank Commander was an E-6 Sgt.  He laughed when I said, “Hey Sgt. If you don’t want us to shoot you and your out of operation tank we won’t!” He  said, “No, it’s ok”.

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Emmy’s 2013 Set up

Above: Set up at the Emmy’s 2013. Me taking a break on the Entertainment Tonight Camera platform.

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Me at the Oscars 2010. I had the one Coolest Video production jobs of my career at this event.

Above:  Departing or returning to the NBC News Washington DC bureau. I’m guessing around 1980

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My Office. I put a Yaesu FT-5000 poster on the wall (left side). ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Company.  We were on the Glendale Campus.  Beautiful buildings, an awesome commissary  and surrounded by interesting Disney projects  The Imagineering guru’s were across the street. And the Disney consumer products group were near. All young hipsters.  Fun, progressive environment to work in.

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1977. Studio Camera. NBC in Washington DC

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Summer 1985 — Joe Namath was to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. In early summer we flew up to Connecticut where Namath still has summer Football camp for kids. As I recall we were there 3 days to shoot a “profile piece” on Namath. It’s impossible to overstate how much fun it was shooting that story. Namath was sincere,friendly and you would never have known he was still one of the most famous Sports celebrities in the nation.

Legendary University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant said Namath was, “the greatest athlete I have ever coached.” At the 1985 Hall of Fame induction ceremony Joe Namath got emotional and broke down in tears when he attributed his success to his deceased coach — Paul “Bear” Bryant — at Alabama.

“Wherever you are,” said Namath between sobs, “… thanks Coach.”

I’ve still got the Sun Visor! The Joe Namath Football Camp starts July 10th 2017. The 45th year!

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 First Time at the WHITE HOUSE

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This was my first time to go to the White House. Snow covered the ground that day. — Age: 29. Feb. 1980.  As I recall it was a Sunday afternoon. President Carter was not on the grounds that day. I remember going into the Press Room (which was nothing like it is today, with the movie theater style seating).   I  picked up a phone on the wall and called my grandMother in East Texas. When I told her where her grandson was calling from she was of course beside herself.  I went back many times after this….but some years later when I was asked if I wanted additional assignments at the  White House,  I declined.  It may be the White House, but for a photographer, it’s mostly “talking heads”.  Not my style.

Photo of the White House Spring 2017

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“Strange News” Career Photos:Tammy Faye in the final days of her reign. Year-1989

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YEAR:  1989   You have to be of a certain age to recall the PTL Club and the saga of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.  I shot  the still photos above of Tammy during Jim’s trial in Charlotte, NC.  The setting was just outside her home. Tammy Faye would come out and talk to the press each afternoon.  Though the charges were serious, the atmosphere was casual. I was runnng the NBC Sat Truck for several days.  What was supposed to be Just an 8 hour day turned into 15 hour days. Today Show/ Affiliate Feeds/ O+O feeds and NBC Nightly News.

They were selling  T-Shirts with Tammy’s face on the front at a Mall nearby. I bought one.  It’s been in a plastic bag for 28 years. Never worn. (Took it out just to shoot this image) —Oh!  And Jim Bakker  did 5 years.

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Random Career Photo: NBC News Anchor Jessica Savitch

I can’t remember the date on this one.  Summer 1979 maybe.

Me and NBC News Washington Anchor Jessica Savitch on the set.   Jessica was one of the first women to anchor a network evening newscast.  I was audio on the program for a few months before I went into news field opns full time.  She was a serious journalist .The crew loved working with her.  Tragedy took her just a few years after this photo. She drowned in a creek in an overturned car.  I had a secret crush on her.

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Random career photo. At the Oscars!

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On the Red Carpet at 7:30am day before the Oscars / 2012

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I worked at the Academy Awards show for 9 years. It was a 2 week project in February each year.  I had the best job in the place!  Red Carpet  multi-cam coverage. We produced an international show (Non-Broadcast) streamed to the WORLD.   — the fans the stars the whole scene was a blast. Hollywood Blvd: Ground Zero of Celebrity Worship!!  The streaming show got tons of social media feedback. Never underestimate the global interest in American entertainment!

Year: 2012′

Photo the next day. (W/ EFX)j 

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