My father died far too young, taken by his addiction to nicotine and cigarettes. I miss him a lot and thought I would dredge up two nice photos from the past. Below are photos of my father in 1938 and me in 1960. Both enjoying the sun on a blanket on the lawn. Happy Birthday … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – My father would have been 85 today
I have a confession to make. I am, and I do not take this lightly ... my name is Walter and I am a Thespian. Have been for most of my life. While I was interested in theatre from the time of high school I didn't know much about it. I was working on a … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – A high school age confession
For today's Throwback Thursday, a bicycle made for three. The year is 1942 and the riders are, from left to right, my dad (Todd), his brother (my Uncle Reed), and their cousin (my Uncle Hutch). Todd and Hutch were about the same age (here about three or four I'm guessing) but my Uncle Reed was … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – A bicycle made for three
Continuing my march into the past we come upon this odd old photo: Yep, that's me in that receptacle. Was it an attempt to dispose of me? Was it a crazy idea for a new play pen? Perhaps I was into too many things while they were busy with other things? Also possible, as a … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Don’t Throw Me Back!
For this week's Throwback Thursday I am wishing a Happy Birthday (coming this weekend) to my favorite (and only) brother. He is a fabulous person and quite literally a life saver. Not only is he a great guy he has always had good taste. Below you will find a photo of him proudly standing on … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – A coming birthday for my brother
As we hurry headlong into the Christmas Season, how about a throwback to a Christmas Past? The photo is marked 1960 but I think I look a little older. In any case, it is probably a typical Christmas wish for that time period. My only question is why am I barefoot? Did boots not come … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – an Early Christmas
I've only been doing Throwback Thursdays on a regular basis for less than a year. Since Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday, you can be sure I will have to mount many of these entries over the coming years. Luckily Thanksgiving means a gathering of families and lots of photos along the way. I hope … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!
In 2021 Veterans Day happens to fall on a Thursday, so time to include it in my Throwback Thursday series. I am not a veteran of the US armed services, but my father was. My dad served a hitch in the US Army but it was before I was born. I do not have the … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Happy Veterans Day!
My final installment of a celebration of the anniversary of the opening of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. The beautiful theater (see my Wednesday post for a photo) could be configured for our exceptional Naples Philharmonic, but also for touring performances of other musicians and Broadway touring productions. From my early days of leading … Continue reading Part 3 of an extended Throwback Thursday – Theatrical Network before the internet!
Following up on the celebration of the anniversary of The Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida. The building is amazing and the community is great. But the best part of my years at The Phil was my colleagues there. The staff was talented, inventive and fun. I kept a copy of the opening … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Part 2 – the opening staff of The Philharmonic Center for the Arts
Yes, I know it is Wednesday, give me a minute to explain One of my favorite performing venues in the world is the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida. I was part of a terrific team of people who opened the theater thirty two years ago today (November 3, 1989). To celebrate that … Continue reading A Triple Throwback Thursday salute to the Philharmonic Center for the Arts
Our family has a long tradition with Florida, going back to when my grandparents took their sons (my dad and uncles) to the state from Cincinnati to aid in their health growing up. Of course we often vacationed here when we were based in Ohio. As for me, I was born here, graduated high school … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Our families in Florida!
October 14 is Be Bald and Be Free Day and it is a topic to be addressed on a Throwback Thursday. I've already featured photos of my quite copious mane of teenage hair. As time went on my forehead seemed to grow. Of course what was actually happening was my hair was steadily retreating. I … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – a Bald Tale (or more accurately a Bald Dome)
I worked at Bailey Concert Hall in Fort Lauderdale for a number of years before moving to Naples, Florida to be part of the team that opened the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. My staff threw a best wishes picnic send off on the occasion. Here is a picture from that gathering. You can identify … Continue reading Throwback Thursday and a peculiar game
Back in the day I was known as a bit of a ladies man, I have no idea why. Even my father knew, which is why he gifted me the shirt in the picture below. Story behind it is that dad worked in retail and he would sometimes get new products to showcase in his … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – a neat old shirt
This Throwback Thursday started in 1949 and continued until last June. Today is the 72nd Birthday of Bruce Springsteen and last June we attended his "Springsteen on Broadway" performance at the St. James Theater. It was the most recent show we saw in New York and it may be some time before we see another. … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Happy Birthday to the Boss
You know, kids today think they are so clever (hey, get off my lawn!). They do all this dancing and moves and such and think they have invented something new and controversial and sexy. I have news for them. I was there first and I can prove it. Take this here shaking the booty thing … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – I invented a popular dance move
Back when I was in high school (during the Punic Wars) I was involved in several extracurricular activities, mostly revolving around theatre. But I did take a whirl in that very conservative, very business oriented organization known as Junior Achievement. The deal was to create a mock company, build a product, sell it to reluctant … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Serious Fancy Event with crazy tuxedo selection
On this date in 1940 President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of my favorite places to be. I recently took another motorcycle trip through my happy place, for the first time with a riding partner. Acie Lee Williams and I had a great time. I was thrilled to introduce him … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Recent and long past rides in the Great Smoky Mountains
August 26 is National Dog Day and this year it falls on a Throwback Thursday. I have known a number of great dogs and know some fantastic ones now (speaking of you Kane!). But today is all about our small dachshund Snooper that we got when we lived in Cincinnati and transported to Florida when … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – A National Dog Day Remembrance!
With the wonderful ride I just completed in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, my memories went back to the vacation I took there in 1990. There were lots of wonderful activities but one of my favorites was a white water rafting trip that was both exciting and frustrating. Here is a photo the rafting … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – White Water Rafting in the Smoky Mountains
It just so happens that World Elephant Day falls on a Throwback Thursday. World Elephant Day is used to celebrate these noble creatures as they are endangered in the wild across Africa and South Asia. Now, how can I tie that in with a Throwback Thursday? Here's how... When I was growing up in Cincinnati … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – World Elephant Day
Yesterday I posted this photo of my probably 11 year old father posing on a parked motorcycle. All that was penciled on the back were the words "Todd" and "1949." I recognized the driveway but couldn't identify who the motorcycle might belong to and asked for help from family. As usual, my family came through. … Continue reading Friday Follow-up to a Thursday Throwback
As mentioned earlier I am taking a special motorcycle ride this summer. It is scheduled to start next week and I hope to post some videos and pictures during the ride. It is scheduled to start at the Skyline Drive in Virginia, include the entire Blue Ridge Parkway and capped with a ride on the … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – Motorcycle Ride
In high school I was required to take a language course. I honestly wasn't interested in learning another language, heck, I can barely speak English. But then I learned if I selected Latin I would have to also study Roman and Greek history. That sold me. I love history, always have. And all these years … Continue reading Throwback Thursday – When in Rome, do as the hippies do…