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Born and raised on French Island, Old Town, Maine. Graduated from Old Town High in 1961....attended the Northern Conservatory of Music in Bangor until the winter of 1963 when I enlisted in the United States Army. Basic training at Ft. Dix and assignments with the 881st Ordinance Battalion in Hanou Germany from April to December 1964 and re-assigned to the Procurement Division at 7th Army Headquarters in Stuttgart. From there I volunteered for duty in Vietnam. Served my last year as a member of the United States Army Republic of Vietnam (USARV) Casualty Division at Tan Son Nhut. Duties included reporting KIA, MIA, seriously wounded or ill casualties directly to the Pentagon for the notification of next of kin. Evacuated to Letterman Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco with an un-diagnosed eye condition. Later diagnosed by renowned Opthamologist Max Fine as Meesman's Corneal Dystrophy. In 1974 I joined the Air Natiional Guards in Bangor and worked in the Photo Lab for SSG. Ken Farrar and Fred Gifford. Worked for some real nice folks around the Old Town area - for my dad at the famous "Shuffle Inn", for Surveyor Andrew Shyka, Banks Auto Supply as an outside salesman, Goldsmith's Sporting Goods....directly helped Mickey build his business to Maine schools, at one time the largest school sporting goods dealer in Maine. I worked for Ron McCannell in the parts room at H.E. Sargents, later with Gene Fradrigon and Ralph Leonard at Central Equipment Company....from there I did a short stint at Maine Mack in Holden. This last job in 1978 was when Caroline and I moved with children David and Becky to Washington Maine to add to and raise our family also to embark on new careers. I house husbanded for most of '78.....toughest job of my life. In late 1978 I interviewed for a job with Charles "Chic" Young of National School Studios....Chic was the Territory manager for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. At the time NSS was a little over fifty (50) years old and had representatives in most of the United States.....we we're probably two or three thousand strong. That same year, company founder Bruce Rienecker made the company an "Employee Owned" business with a employee stock ownership plan....within a matter of less than ten years our company grew in leaps and bounds with many acquisitions and a very highly motivated sales force and incredible photography. Caroline became one of the companies top Information Systems Field Technology and Operations specialist. She traveled throughout the US, Canada, Hawaii and Prince Edward Island as part of her job. Today (1916) Lifetouch is the largest photography company in the US and fifth largest employee owned companies in the US. 2016 will mark the 80th birthday of Lifetouch. The crowning achievement for the company was when Olan Mills joined our company nearly five years ago.. Our family has over 100 years with Lifetouch NSS, my son David retired after 20 years, my daughter-in-law Heidi has been operation manager for the company in Maine for 15 years, daughter Rebecca office manager for 10 years and son Matthew works in the same capacity as did Caroline. After I retired in 2002, I slowly began to organize years of negatives, slides and digital photos for this web site. In 1996 I became the photographer for David and Sandra St. Clair who owned Wiscasset Raceway. I didn't realize it then, but I got bit by the "race bug"....been shooting there ever since. My goal with this site is to tell my life's journey.........French Island, Old Town, Military, High School Sports, Wiscasset Raceway 1996 to 2011, Wiscasset Speedway 2003 to 20016, St Denis Roman Catholic Church in N. Whitefield, Knights of Columbus Council #1423, Family, Friends, Town of Washington 200th Anniversary celebration and Animals. Lots to do......hope there's time enough to complete it.
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