Thursday, May 3, 2012

For You Dad..

So I was really lucky to come across this file of old photos of my dad tonight. Quite a treasure! He lived such an extraordinary life.  He was born in Atlanta, on Dec. 5, 1931. He grew up dirt poor in the projects of Atlanta with 8 brothers and sisters. After graduation from high school, he joined the Navy, where he received training that launched his career as a photojournalist. His first position was with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1955. A year later he joined United Press International, a move that led to a 22-year career as a photojournalist and marketing executive for the news service. He served as News Pictures manager for North Carolina (1958), Florida and the Caribbean (1959); Division Manager for Latin America (1961); Regional Executive for Michigan (1964); business manager for Central Division (1967), Eastern Division (1972), vice president of Asia Pacific Division (1974) and vice president of Broadcast Services (1978). In 1979, he was recruited by Ted Turner to help launch cable television's first all-news network, CNN. He served as marketing executive for CNN during their first eight years. He joined ETS in Melbourne, Fla. in 1989 and retired in 1996. He was married to my mom for 43 years--how amazing is that?! And they had such a love affair--truly the kind you read about in novels. And as I was looking at these photos tonight, I realized how dashingly handsome he really was! You will recognize some famous faces as you scroll through these photos--he got to photograph JFK, became good friends with Arthur C Clarke and ofcourse hung out with Ted Turner. I know there are many more..he met Elvis and Warren Beatty--I can't remember all of them. He was such an amazing daddy and a proud grandfather. He passed away peacefully on March 18, 2006 with all of us at his side. He was 74 years old and he lived a good life. I miss him every day!!



4 comments:

  1. Sweet tribute to your very handsome Dad.

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  2. Oh Annie!! Thank you so much for sharing these. What a treasure these pictures are. There is only one thing you forgot to mention! What a great big brother he was! He inspired my Dad in every facet of his life and my dad followed in every footstep your father ever left. I loved seeing my dad in these pictures. My favorite is the one of the brothers lined up with yore dad looking so dapper in his bowtie and my skinny dad in the long tie and oversized suit! I cherish the time I spent with my Uncle Frank and I feel his spirit here in Georgia ALL the time. I know that he is so proud of you!!

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  3. Yes, very handsome. Such great photos. Such a great life.

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  4. He was Dad. I miss him. Always will.

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