Canadian Rockies trip with Road Scholar

Harriet and I recently returned from a wonderful 9-day excursion through the Canadian Rockies with the Road Scholar tour company. We had a wonderful time and met a lot of great people, mostly in our age group and retired like us. The weather was great most of the time except for one day when we were stranded in our tour bus on the Icefields Highway for six hours due to a huge pile-up in a blizzard at around 8000 fett above sea level. Luckily we had boxed lunches and a bathroom in the bus! We spent 4 nights in Banff, two in Lake Louise, and two in Jasper. Please check out the photo album of my best photos in the Photo gallery webpage!


Thank you Military Officers of America Association!

Yesterday I had the privilege to speak to the Military Officers of America Association in Rexford NY at the prestigious Edison Club on a beautiful late spring day. Thanks to Major "Skip" Bebernitz for inviting me! I met some wonderful and interesting men and women who treated me to a delicious dinner after which I spoke for an hour about my book, "We Were There", three days after the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. I read from my story of Corporal Jack Higgins, who was one of the first men to come ashore on Omaha Beach, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, liberated Dachau concentration camp and narrowly missed being obliterated by a German V-1 "buzz bomb" during World War II. A good time was had by all!



See my paddling pictures in Phil Brown's new paddling book!

I was honored to receive a signed copy of Phil Brown's new (second) edition of his wonderful book Adirondack Paddling; 65 Great Flatwater Adventures today. I am especially thrilled to see eight of my own paddling photographs in the book. Phil had asked me if I could provide images of Lower Preston Pond, Cheney Pond, the canoe launch on the Hudson at Athol, the Cedar River Flow, Blue Mountain Lake from Castle Rock, the Marion River, the South Inlet of Raquette Lake, and Shingle Shanty Brook. His original book was the best paddling guide I had ever seen, and now it is even better. If you enjoy flat water paddling in the Adirondacks, you must have this book!


Hometown USA Photoessay now available!

 I have admired the 1944 LOOK Magazine photo-essay since I first saw it hanging on my CPA's office walls in the early 1980's. I was so inspired by it that in 2000 I applied for a LARAC grant to create my own humble photo-essay tribute to my hometown of Glens Falls, which I exhibited in the Gallery of the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, where the LOOK Hometown USA archives are stored. I also began collecting original copies of the seven LOOK issues, and after checking for any copyright concerns (there were none- the copyright expired with the magazine), made high-resolution scans of the seven-part photo-essay. I enlarged the pages and had them printed and mounted for permanent display outside the entrance to the Snuggery at Glens Falls Hospital, where they have hung for almost twenty years.

Now, to comemmorate the 75th anniversary of the LOOK project, I am making it available on this website in low-resolution in the photo gallery, and on CD-ROM in high-resolution. If you would like a copy of the CD-ROM please look on Ebay (just type "Hometown USA CD_ROM" in the Ebay search field and you should find it). If you dont use Ebay then you can email me at and place an order that way. Perhaps someday, someone will take the time to study the hundreds if not thousands of exquisite original  unpublished high-quality color transparencies and B&W negatives stored at the Crandall Library and publish them in some form! Perhaps that could be a future project for the centennial anniversary in 2044!


Great visit to present "We Were There" to the Hour Glass Seniors group 

Yesterday I drove down to Rotterdam to speak to a group of about 60 very inspiring seniors, many of whom had vivid memories of life during World War II, about my WWII book "We Were There". I had a great time and met a couple WWII veterans and widows, and we had a lot to talk about. Thanks to Nola Fiorillo for setting the whole thing up! Here is a picture of the group which I took with my phone, while I was setting up my talk. THere were a lot more people there by the time I started- and no one left!