Flu Fear 2013!

January 15, 2013

Widespread, especially virulent, death tolls climbing, and vaccine shortages looming. Every so often a flu like that hits, and now is one of those times. Just as widespread as Flu 2013 are the news stories about it, how to prevent it, and how many have fallen from it. Reaching the masses with excellent prevention advice is the good side of so many news outlets. Then there’s the drama reporting. The intense audio and bold graphics and imagery accompanying flu segments of many broadcast news reports are a bit overblown, even theatrical. Good for ratings, of course. But I find it all needlessly fear inspiring.

Be smart, not afraid, and hopefully wearing a surgical mask won’t become a necessity throughout the remainder of Flu Season 2013.

Virus and germ vigilance

Virus and germ vigilance

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100th Birthday

January 10, 2013

January 9, 2013 would have been the 100th birthday of our 37th president, Richard M. Nixon. In 1990, early in my career, when Mr. Nixon was still a septuagenarian, and I was…well I was a bit younger myself, I was given the great opportunity to photograph the former American president. The assignment was to create an illustrative portrait for The American Spectator magazine’s “Who Reads” ad which ran in each issue.

Although I was too young to vote when he ran for the presidency, I certainly remembered Watergate, his subsequent resignation, and the negativity which became a part of his legacy. For me, he was and remains among the most famous, and certainly the most notorious, person I’ve ever photographed. Mr. Nixon was also one of my best photo subjects, easy to work with, very accommodating, and very easy to direct. He was also quite the gentleman, kind, and made me feel so comfortable. Both his wife and one of his daughters called during the session. As he spoke to each of them, the expression on his face and in his eyes revealed a man who obviously had great love for his family.

So all politics aside, these positive impressions of President Nixon along with the images of a very successful shoot will always also be a part of his legacy for me.

Richard M. Nixon for The American Spectator magazine, November 2000

Richard M. Nixon for The American Spectator magazine, November 1990

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