Daily Archives: May 17, 2012
I am in Norfolk at the International Symposium on Aviation Photography, in fact was one of the morning speakers for Nikon. What a great group of folks, many old friends and lots of new ones too! To me, this is one of the great joys in life, spending time with people of common interests. I ran a workshop a few weeks back filled with fellow Christians and people that loved old rusted cars, we had a blast and the common faith and interest in things old, made it even better! I actually love to go to gatherings like car shows, fishing tournaments, gun shows, you name it, if the group is all into the same thing they will be having a blast, and I will too! I don’t even have to be excited about what excites them, I just love to see people having fun! I think that is one of the best things I enjoy about workshops, see people pumped to be out having fun.
Having fun is not a sin! I thank God that He wants us to have joy in our lives! Being with people that I care about is really a great pleasure for me. I will get into real trouble if I start making along list, because someone will invariably be left out and the last thing I would want to do is hurt anyone’s feelings, but I simply must mention a few! Of course my repair tech, and constant companion at many events like Sun n’ Fun and the Derby, Francis Yeh, just a great guy and very fine technician. Jose Ramos was one of the guest speakers this year and is good friend and someone I really enjoy hanging out with. At this year meeting I had the distinct pleasure of visiting with my dear, long time, friend, Jim Sugar. Jim and I discovered many years ago on one of our first trips together they we are almost exactly the same age! Jim was born February the 8th, 1946 at 9:00 p.m., I was born 9 hours later, February 9th, at 6:00 a.m.!! One of my favorite phone calls of the year is calling him on his birthday and saying, “I’m sure glad I’m not as old as you!!!” Jim is a genuine legend in the business. Jim was one of the very best shooters, ever, at National Geographic, and he just gets better every year. Jim is fireball of energy and enthusiasm, and I’m always better after i get to spend time around him!
Image by Larry Grace
Jim’s great family, left to right, Jim, his son Sam’s girlfriend, Kira, Sam, and his wonderful wife, Jan. What a wealthy man!
Of course the great people of ISAP are one of my very favorite groups! Such classy people, from such varied backgrounds. At this years meeting we have the honor of two of the Tuskegee Airman at the meeting! I will post a picture of me with them after the break!
Does it sound like I’m having fun? You bet!!
Thank you Father for blessing me with such great friends and associates!
And oh yes, my new Tuskegee Airman friends!! Left to Right, Hilton Joseph, myself, and O. Lawton “Wilk” Wilkerson. Wow, what an honor!