The 3 gentlemen pictured have been with the orchestra for many years. The gentleman on the left was also with the Duke Ellington orchestra at one time. I asked the gentleman on the right about the Basie Orchestra’s appearance in the Mel Brook’s film “Blazing Saddles” and it wasn’t Basie’s real band.
For those unfamiliar with Jean Shepherd’s “A Christmas Story”, it is the story of Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB Gun. “I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle,” exclaims Ralphie! The movie follows his adventures of trying to convince his parents, his teacher and the department store Santa Claus that this would be the perfect Christmas gift. (It also tells the story of his dad wining a “major prize” – the now infamous “leg lamp”.) When Christmas arrives, Ralphie scrambles to open his gifts but is disappointed when he doesn’t find the Red Ryder. As he sits on the couch trying not to show his sadness his father says, “What’s that by the desk?” The Red Ryder was hidden in the corner, out of view. When Ralphie see the box, he knows that his Christmas wish has come true.
(For those unaware, “A Christmas Story” was based on a collection of individual stories written by Jean Shepherd in the 1960’s. )
I also had my own “A Christmas Story” gift. It was 1963 and the toy was “Big Loo”. It was a robot that stood 3 feet tall. Just of few of it’s features were that it could talk, squirt water from its navel, was equipped with a compass, whistle, bell, a Morse code clicker with chart, and could bend over and pick up objects. For me, it was the greatest gift ever made. And when Christmas arrived, my big desire was also “hidden in the corner, out of view”. And when my Mom pointed out the box, I knew that my Christmas wish had come true.
Of all the toys I received when I was a child, that is the one I still have. Some gifts are too special to ever get rid of.
My Big Loo & me.
Somewhere in Wyoming on a trip out west,
these folks were outside my window.
In the mood…
On the shore of Cape Cod Bay in Provincetown, a shellfish opens.
…near Marble Canyon and Page, Arizona.
Day dreaming about a trip to Vegas several years ago . . . Traveling . . . Forgot I used to do that.
Teenagers. Can’t live with’em. Can’t live without’em.
On this Father’s Day, I want to express a sincere “Thank You!” not to my wife and children, but to these little guys on top of my head who have never abandoned me.
In my 20’s I sported a full head of hair. But these guys, these WONDERFUL little guys, stood by me. They never woke me up in the middle of the night crying. Never misbehaved or forgot to do their homework or got into fights at school. When my wife or son or daughter would ignore me, get mad at me, yell at me, these little guys didn’t. These little strands of heaven have never left my side. You guys are the best!
Protecting my kids from the coronavirus.
Photograph taken many years ago
of my mother with my son.
He’s not so little anymore.
The position that I might be in while waiting for a client, model, friend, relative, coffee, subway, plane, computer-to-turn-on….Well, you know what I mean. I spend half my life waiting…….
Waiting for the snow to stop and shoveling to commence.
Spent some time photographing this young man a few years ago on the streets of New York City.
Christmas from years ago.
Self-Portrait of the photographer on vacation.
You never know when you will come across fashion models.
This is what my wife and I am thankful for.
After a rainstorm, wet leaves.
Photograph originally make with 35mm color slide film.
Scanned, processed and developed in B&W.
A leaf flew away revealing a frozen replica of itself on my car windshield.
…to all who have served our country.
My favorite cosplay characters at the 2019 Comic Con.