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Got an email today from National Geographic Films wanting to license a photo of mine for a documentary and they wanted to know if $400 was okay!  So rare I get a direct stock sale these days!! And in case anyone at Alamy was concerned that they saw the photo on Alamy, no, they saw it in the magazine for which I shot the portrait of a well known chef and humanitarian, Jose Andres.

 

This will be helpful to pay for my mini vacay in the Appalachian Mountains

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All my American relatives and friends seem to be moving to Virginia or Florida

 

I got my old friend in Tuscany to get her booster and flu jab. She was being told by a "friend" not to do it. I'm so pleased! She's a German Jew who was a child in the Nazi era. I've never pressed her for her story. Not sure I want to hear it. She's a good person and has 2 fab sons. She speaks 7 languages. I don't want to lose her. We lost her husband a few years ago.

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1 hour ago, Michael Ventura said:

Got an email today from National Geographic Films wanting to license a photo of mine for a documentary and they wanted to know if $400 was okay!  So rare I get a direct stock sale these days!! And in case anyone at Alamy was concerned that they saw the photo on Alamy, no, they saw it in the magazine for which I shot the portrait of a well known chef and humanitarian, Jose Andres.

 

This will be helpful to pay for my mini vacay in the Appalachian Mountains

Wow that's fantastic nice to have some good news....

 

Carol

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I was away from my desk so could not report this good thing on the day but here goes.

 

I met up with Andy and Kumar in Cambridge last Monday. Asked Andy to keep my presence secret as I wished to surprise Kumar with my appearance. He was and seemed pleased to see me. His first comment was, "What have you done with your hair?"  I was a bit slow and should have replied, "Likewise!"

 

We three had a great time together and it was laughs all the way.

 

Thanks guys.

 

Allan

 

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My good news is that I picked up my grocery order, parked in the garage barely ahead of the storm that was predicted for an hour later. (You can’t believe anyone anymore 😁) As I unloaded my car, it began raining, followed by small hail.

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I reached age 87 today! I share this date with Richard Burton and Ennio Morricone.  Ennio and I are still here. How did I manage to get this far with 7 stents in my heart? It's like a sci fi story. Yikes. (Oh oh, Mark says Ennio is gone too. For a time, Ennio and I were both trumpeters and Trasteverini. So that leaves . . . just me.)

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2 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I reached age 87 today! I share this date with Richard Burton and Ennio Morricone.  Ennio and I are still here. How did I manage to get this far with 7 stents in my heart? It's like a sci fi story. Yikes. 

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Happy Birthday Edo.  Sent you a cake on Facebook.

 

Allan

 

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20 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I reached age 87 today! I share this date with Richard Burton and Ennio Morricone.  Ennio and I are still here. How did I manage to get this far with 7 stents in my heart? It's like a sci fi story. Yikes. 

🍷but it's just you, Ed, alas, Ennio's been composing for the choir invisibule since last July.🙁

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35 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

I reached age 87 today! I share this date with Richard Burton and Ennio Morricone.  Ennio and I are still here. How did I manage to get this far with 7 stents in my heart? It's like a sci fi story. Yikes. 

 

Must be the vino e pasta!  Happy Birthday Edo!!

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I heard from a person I was worried about and he is fine... doing some traveling. And Edo is still here!!! Many blessings.

 

Paulette

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You're an inspiration Edo !  I see folk a fraction of your age creeping around the shopping centres hardly able to move, stay fit and active...

 

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My favourite radio programme delivered again yesterday. A timely playing of Peggy Seeger's "How I long For Peace" ( Armistice day) followed the prescient "Garbage" sung by Pete Seeger way back in 1969.  Appropriate as COP26 draws to a close.

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36 minutes ago, Bryan said:

My favourite radio programme delivered again yesterday. A timely playing of Peggy Seeger's "How I long For Peace" ( Armistice day) followed the prescient "Garbage" sung by Pete Seeger way back in 1969.  Appropriate as COP26 draws to a close.

 

Bryan, my wife and I had. the great privilege of attending a solo evening with Pete Seeger in a Greenwich Village club in about 1960, the beginning of the folk revival. He was soooo charming. 

 

I grew up with The Weavers. Seeger made his way through Decca Records stardom and then McCarthyism. Now there's a guy who remanded productive throughout his long life. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weavers

 

No political comments, please. 

 

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Oh, I just remembered something semi-interesting! I replaced Pete Seeger in a children show. It was just two weekend dates at a summer tent for kids in rural New Jersey. That was a few years latter during my very brief attempt at becoming a folk singer. I remember I had just one rehearsal to get familiar with the dancers moves. Ah, show biz!

 

Edo, not a member of the Weavers

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4 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

Oh, I just remembered something semi-interesting! I replaced Pete Seeger in a children show. It was just two weekend dates at a summer tent for kids in rural New Jersey. That was a few years latter during my very brief attempt at becoming a folk singer. I remember I had just one rehearsal to get familiar with the dancers moves. Ah, show biz!

 

Edo, not a member of the Weavers

 

Today I photographed a man a year older than you who was born in Frankfort, Germany, just before Hitler took over and was conscripted into the Hitler Youth at 13 years old...he was being trained to be a machine gunner. He was captured by the French and then handed over to the Americans at an outpost.  It was there at the outpost that he heard American jazz for the first time when a guard was playing "Flying Home" by Lionel Hampton. At that moment, he fell in love with jazz.  When The War was over, he managed to come to the U.S. on his own and live with an aunt in Virginia.  He studied music and became a jazz musician playing the vibraphone and has played at the White House a number of times and played with many jazz greats.  He later met his hero, Lionel Hampton, in New York, and told him his story of how inspired he was and how it set his course in life.  Mr Lennie Cuje still has a vibraphone set up in his living room and he jumped at the opportunity to show off his skills when I asked him if he still played.

 

I just downloaded the photos, here is one of Lennie

 

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I love hearing stories like yours, Edo, Michael, and many others. There are very interesting folks participating here on this forum, with plenty of great tales to tell. I feel like every day spent here I learn a little something new, whether it’s about photography or life in general. 

 

The good thing that happened to me today was receiving recognition of my Italian citizenship, based on the Italian immigrant grandparents I never knew. It’s been a good day.

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Anyone who gives up the machine gun for vibs is moving in the right direction.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrxLL69C718

 

This is my son, Hansford Rowe, on bass on a tune he wrote for Gong, a French fusion group he once played with. They had vibs and marimbas all over the place. I'm gonna stop calling Hanny my ex-stepson; we're closer than that sounds.

 

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4 minutes ago, Cecile Marion said:

I love hearing stories like yours, Edo, Michael, and many others. There are very interesting folks participating here on this forum, with plenty of great tales to tell. I feel like every day spent here I learn a little something new, whether it’s about photography or life in general. 

 

The good thing that happened to me today was receiving recognition of my Italian citizenship, based on the Italian immigrant grandparents I never knew. It’s been a good day.

 

That's great, Cecile! Officially, I'm an American and an Irishman but in my heart I'm at least part Romano

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