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Aug222012

My World and Welcome To It

WYesterday there was an obit for William Windom. Long ago, he starred in a little known television comedy, My World and Welcome To It. The show was based upon James Thurber, was a personal favorite and, as far as I can tell, the personal favorite of just about no one else. There are a few clips on YouTube. It apparently preceded LaughIn, a show which was enormously popular and influential. The show was very much like Thurber, quirky, bookish, even what we would call nerdy. That is to say, there is virtually no evidence of its influence on contemporary television or any other form of media. Even though we are in an era of nerd hipness there is nothing quiet or literate that is visible to me in the current version of nerdiosity. In fact, some very expensive color management equipment purchased last year thought a video was a better way for me to find out how to use it than a manual. Arrghh.
The only reason I saw the obit was the the fact I was reading a newspaper. That raises a question, does anyone page through online obits and death notices? More importantly, should we take those people into custody? Anyway, in the obit it mentions that Windom was named for his grandfather who served in James Garfield's cabinet.  It was Garfield who was not allowed to make a speech at what is now Hiram College (he became their president)  that caused the building of the Union Chapel in South Newbury, OH. The Chapel became a rallying place for the women's suffrage movement hosting all of the luminaries, Susan B. Anthony, Louisa May Alcott, etc. I photographed it for the Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide 2011 calendar last year. (If you were wondering how I would get to my favorite subject, me, hold on, you ain't seen nothing yet.)  It is truly an under appreciated landmark given the challenge I had in finding it. Finding South Newbury was a challenge all by itself.
This year The Cultural Landscape Foundation asked me to donate a piece to their auction on Sept 29-30 at the American Society of Landscape Architects Convention. SInce most of my recent work is not landscape, we had some fun picking a piece (I hate sending old stuff) but settled on Two Birds done in Key West this winter.
Would love to travel Phoenix so I skulk in the background why people made adoring comments about my image but am opening the installation of Every Place - I have ever lived (The Foreclosure Crisis in Twelve Neighborhoods) at the Argus Museum in Ann Arbor the evening of September 28.
Now it is time to get dressed and go to my opening of Precious Objects at the Maltz Museum.

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