Nazis Had Kids Too

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—The Obscure Penguin— As I’ve lived in this American Dream I’ve come across extremes of rationalization about many things. We all rationalize a lot when it comes to the things we do.  To maintain our place in the dream we will be forced to make decisions sometimes that will try our conscience.  To be more specific, […]

The Easter Gift

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—The Obscure Penguin— This photo was taken April 14th, 1968.  My family lived in Tolar, Texas while Dad was keeping us safe from the Communists in Vietnam.  It was a beautiful Easter Sunday and we had big plans that day.  However, the story actually begins in 1962 when I was in the first grade in […]

Soundtrack

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—The Obscure Penguin— I’ve always heard a soundtrack in my life.  Like many people younger than I, I’ve listened to a lot of music.  I say it that way because my parents, who also appreciated music, didn’t have the same intense connection to it growing up the way I did.  My father used to give […]

Moving On

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—The Obscure Penguin— Before the internet happened I had a different state of mind.  My father was in the Air Force.  As an Air Force brat, I was the perpetual new kid.  I went to eleven different schools growing up.  There were a lot of kids like me, but as a general rule, unless our […]

Pie a la Mode

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—The Obscure Penguin— In the eighties Peggy and Rodney Collier came to visit my wife and me in England.  For those who have followed The Obscure Penguin, you know that Rodney and I hitchhiked to the Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic in 1976 as our celebration for graduating from Amarillo College.  If you remember […]

The Hong Kong Incident

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—The Obscure Penguin— Long ago, on the other side of the world I faced off against a Panamanian freighter and lived to tell about it.  When I was in the Air Force, stationed in the Philippines, I took a week-long vacation in Hong Kong.  It was one of those Clark Air Base tourist excursions to […]

Farewell To The Photog

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—The Obscure Penguin— Some of the best experiences (and a couple of the worst) I’ve had working in news, have been the time spent with news photographers, or videographers.  In the old days a reporter and photographer would go off to do a story together, a duo with separate functions, but working to achieve the […]