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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Career Flash-Back: “Special Event Station” at trial of would-be Presidential assassin John Hinckley

1982 Hinckley Beach

In June 1982 as a Cameraman for NBC News based in Washington D.C. every Saturday for a month I was assigned to stake out the U.S. Federal Courthouse where the trial of attempted Presidential assassin John Hinckley was underway. All the networks and the print media set up on the front lawn of the courthouse. (This was back when Federal Courthouse security was waaaay more lax than it is today.) Our job was to await new developments and the lawyers would periodically come out and stand in front of the microphones and update the press.  We in the Press Corps called the setting, “Hinckley Beach” since it was summer and little happened until the end of the trial.  We’d bring lawn chairs, coolers and umbrellas to beat the DC summer heat and humidity.

One weekend, I threw my Kenwood TS-130 HF rig in the microwave truck and and a Hustler Mobile Whip that I mounted on an upside down trash can (a faux ground) and set it up on the roof of the van. A Washington Post photographer thought my radio set up was interesting and shot the photo above. It didn’t make it into the paper, but he sent me a copy.

My recollection is, I worked alot of DX on 15 meters that day. Foreign Hams would express surprise when I told them where I was operating from. Surely operating from the courthouse would be prohibited!  I was on the air, MC-60 mic in hand when this photo taken. It was fun.

NOTE: Some years later (mid 90’s)  I would see Hinckley up close and photograph him thanks to (Bearcat Scanners)….but that’s another story for another time(and video too!)

It’s Veterans Day: “Don’t Thank me for my service”

basic PHotoI joined the Army in 1969.  On the battery of tests they give you, ,  one of the questions was:  “Which would you rather do?  Go to the Opera?  OR Go campout in Yellowstone National Park?

Of course I answered the Campout.  “Yep.., He’s infantry material.”    I finished at the top of my class in Basic Training and in the Infantry course, the Top 2 % Army Wide.  I took Basic training at Ft. Bliss –went to Infantry School at Ft. Lewis and Scout Dog training at Ft. Benning.  I landed  in the 101st Airborne Division (I Corps)  Vietnam 70-71. Vietnam was a defining experience for those of us who went, I”m glad I did. Combat Infantry.  At the Tip of the Spear. The ONLY place to be.

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  ( My unit was the 42nd Infantry Platoon Scout Dog / 101St Airborne Division)

Double Click on the Chopper Photo above. You’ll see my  Scout Dog   “Argo”  his head over my leg.  He loved to watch the ground as we flew. Sometimes his saliva would blow back on the door gunner! They would always laugh!   We “Argo” and I walked “Point”  in the Jungle.  I live today because of that small ( 58 lb. Shepard) Best pure “Combat Dog” ever

     Among the most coveted awards in the US Army. 

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The Bronze Star.  No Handshake. No Ceremony.

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Below:  Veterans Park in Palestine, Tx.  A brick with my name/unit and dates of service embedded here. 1994.  My Mom took great pride in showing  her son was a Combat Vet.

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Professionally  I returned to Vietnam in 1995.  We shot a documentary at the 20 year point of the war’s end.  It was  an amazing trip. We did the entire country.  30 days .  Photo. Below shot at a POW/MIA recovery dig near Haiphong in the north.

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What else does the “Dawg” do?

Here in Charlottesville, Va home of the University of Virginia there is an on campus guest speaker program open to the public. I go to these often.

In October three Professors discussed the British Exit from the European Union.   Each brought a different view.  A political science professor. A European economics prof and a History professor.  I got in the last question from the audience. I asked, “What would Winston  Churchill have thought of BREXIT?” 

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Anyway I look forward to these meetings!

Nevada Desert

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I spent 10 years in Los Angeles. Every year I attended the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.  I had the option of flying or driving. No contest. The 5 hour drive was best!.  It’s an awesome drive on I-15 smack through the middle of the Mojave desert. I tossed my CW paddle in the car one year and put it on the desert floor. An “end of days” image.