Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fall Color

Photo by Tom Boggan / My family

I haven't posted in a while. Sorry about that, I have been a little off the track lately. I took a trip with the family to West Fork in Oak Creek Canyon last weekend. West Fork is on fire. Wonderfully beautiful. I ran into a former photography stringer Emily P. and later Tribune staff photographer Tom Boggan. It was fun to see these folks away from the city. It helps put things in perspective and reminded me we are all on the journey together. He took a great family picture for me that we will probably be used as our Christmas card this year. Thank you, Tom

Monday, October 13, 2008

Passing of a companion

This is Cody our 12 year old Labrador Retriever relaxing in his favorite spot in the back yard! Sadly Cody died from what the veterinarian believed was a stroke Wednesday night. The vet and I decided to end his suffering Thursday Oct. 9th. He was loved by my family and will be dearly missed.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tribune Cuts 142 Jobs

I found out Monday I would be laid off January 1, 2009. I have worked at the Tribune Newspaper for 19 years and 9 months.

I am one of 142 people laid off at the East Valley Tribune Newspaper. That is 40 percent of our entire company and this is our 4th round of layoffs since Jan. 1, 2008.

If there is a silver lining at least we were notified in advance. Our last day is January 1, 2009 and then we will begin to receive our severance package.

I worked as a photographer for 15 years then was called upon to work the assignment desk. After a year or so, I was promoted to Director of Photography. At its peak, I managed 12 people. It has been a great ride and yes I'm sad it is over but I will move forward to new and greater challenges.

It is clear that some people have strong opinions on the newspaper industry and I respect that right.

This is mine!

I am proud of what I have done in this industry. It has provided a stable
environment for my wife and kids. My sons grew with their father having one job in one town. Is this how I envisioned the end? Of course not! I never thought I would be the stereotypical statistic, 55 years old and unemployed after a lifetime in one occupation.

I have had the opportunity to see and experience life with an all access pass. I have photographed a World Series, a Super Bowl, Presidential visits, the saddest and greatest moments in life and everything in between. I have done stories on people who needed help and I have made a difference to people I have touched.

I made a difference not because of me but because I worked for the
Newspaper. I am passionate man who is committed to humanity and this profession. I was given this privilege for 20 years to serve the people of our communities. I truly believe, I did the best I could.

Sure I can tell you all the bad things about this industry. They are true! I have said this job is like "loving a women that doesn't love you back". That is a fact, not some bullshit I made up.

I hope to continue my life in Photography in one aspect or another. This has been my life and there has to be a place in this society that can benefit from my experience. I just need time to figure it out.

To those of you who have called and sent emails in support of me. You never really know if you have left a mark in life but this event has illustrated to me "you reap what you sow". I truly appreciate all the kind words. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sidecar Patriot

Saw this guy on my way to work. Looks like a home made sidecar and an interesting costume.

Dramatic Sunset

Summer storm boils over the Boulder Mountains, Idaho.