Monday, August 10, 2020

Same photo....50 years later.

I sent this photo story to a newsletter I receive every day from San Diego.

The editor, Jack Reber, does a fine job of cajoling us former editorial employees of the Union-Tribune metro newspapers to send in articles of interest, asides, whatever-happened-to, and remember-when memories to share with about 500 of us.

CHUCK BOYD writes:
I'm not saying I have HUGE photo files but I do have some classics that never grow old.
Some are worth being printed in a newspaper...twice. This time it was more than 50 years later.

In the 1960s, we staff photographers at the Union-Tribune were encouraged to keep an eye out for some good caption-only photos. 

Editors could drop them in to fill spaces, families were impressed and pleased when their children were the subjects and it was particularly special when the children pictured were your own!

I know one year Phil McMahan and I worked on a Halloween picture of our two young boys with scary masks taped to a large mirror. 

When the boys turned and saw themselves reflected as if they were wearing the, click, we had a shot the editors could run in October!
Fellow staffer C.R. Learn brought his young daughter to meet us and our son Chris, ready for a Valentine's Day photo in Balboa Park on a quiet Sunday morning. 

His young daughter was posed holding a tiny bow up in the air - a "Cupid's Arrow" had been stuck into a large red cardboard heart held by my 3-year old son - and the final picture showed her hugging a protesting youngster. 

Bull's Eye. Those ran as a 3-photo combo.

Now, more than half a century later, my photo of my son and seven neighborhood kids splashing in a small inflatable pool for a hot weather" photo, appeared in a newspaper again.

My hometown paper, The Post and Courier, runs a Sunday feature photo of a given topic, and this week it was “Play.”

I recalled the cute summertime photo that ran in San Diego all those years ago and thought it presented the "Play" topic well. I submitted it last week and the editors agreed.
I sent a clipping to my son and to some local members of a photo group I founded here about 8 years ago.

My son knows I have others of him that appeared in the 1960s San Diego papers.
          REBER: I love this photo, and it reinforces what I’ve always said: The best photogs do a lot of their work before they even pick up the camera. Getting seven kids in one small pool and keeping them there for a photo is an accomplishment.

(The caption I added this time was "One kid brought a face mask. I might have misstated how large a pool it was!")

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