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HAVE MARKER, WILL TRAVEL.

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[phone rings] “John?” “Yeah?” “This is… (insert about 20 seconds of description/disclaimer).  Can you do us a favor?” “Uh…” “The TV station is coming to our (school/office/whatever) and they want to focus on Insert event}. Will you draw on our erasable board to give them something to film!?” “Do I have to bring my own markers?” […]

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THE BARRETT TILLMAN!

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Gads, what do you do when filming with Barrett Tillman?! Goof around! Seriously, among history nerds, Barrett is the gold-standard for writing and research.  The photo above is myself and OGTA heavy-lifter, Dalton Coffey.   The Arizona Wing of the CAF was kind enough to let us film our OGTA episode on Battle of Midway […]

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Master of MiGs

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See me?  I’m awkward. The guy I’m with is Nguyen Duc Soat, former CoS of the Vietnamese Peoples Army.   And, he flew the MiG-21 in the background.  He’s credited with 6 victories against American airplanes during the Vietnamese war. True story. So, I’m at General Soat’s golf club (see the nets in the background? […]

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I’M WITH HIM.

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  True story. In 2010, I got to be a part of a deal to bring four heroes of WWII to my home town to raise money for Honor Flight (google it). One of the heroes was Dick Cole (Dick Cole was right-seat to Jimmy Doolittle when they took off from the USS Hornet to […]

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MISSILES MADE ME.

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Every artist/writer wants a ‘best seller.’ Of all the art I’ve produced, of all the stories I’ve told, NONE NONE NONE come CLOSE to the response from the “Missileer Community.” To date, I’ve sold so many prints of missiles, you won’t believe me.  So I’ll spare you the scoff and not tell you.  Also, it […]

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OLD GALS TOO.

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  That’s me with Dorothy Huss.  Her nickname is “Dotty.”   But, in WWII, her husband Cyril decided to name his P-51 Mustang, “The Dot T.” Cyril died a few years ago…but her story of having a P-51 named after her prevailed.  In 2019, I was able to present a print of my art to […]

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I OWE IT ALL TO BUD ANDERSON

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In the year 2000, Bud Anderson challenged me to “interview old WWII pilots and share what I learned.”   Today, all that I (and the OGTA crew) have achieved has been based on Bud’s encouragement and wisdom. His was the first profile art I did…and through our conversations, I realized that “old men” have FAR […]

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Selfie With Rutan.

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There’s cool.  And then there’s “Taking a selfie with Dick Rutan in front of the very F-100F that he flew in Vietnam” COOL. Ha.  Dick is a genius and I’m proud to call him a buddy.  Years ago, he submitted to be one of the first OGTA guinea pigs with Episode #3, “Holy Bananas.” Click […]

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