Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the Todd Gustavson lecture on the Kodak DCS today at noon...but for a different reason than I envisioned. Turns out my son and his girlfriend are arriving for their Winter visit today. I knew they were coming "at the end of the month," but I didn't know which day until this morning.
So I'll be (happily!) doing housework and shopping. And cooking.
But if you're going, look for this man:
That's my friend Earl Dunbar, who is a Rochesterian and was planning to go to the lecture before I even mentioned it.
If you want to connect, Earl says he'll be in the Gift Shop/Café half an hour before the lecture starts at noon. Look for the guy with the crutch (he had polio in his youth) and a Domke F5 bag with a Rolleiflex in it. The Curtis Theater is adjacent to the Café at the George Eastman House, so it's a handy place to meet. Todd says he'd be happy to have lunch after the lecture, and you could very well meet some of the other pioneers of digital photography as well, such as Steve Sasson and Jim McGarvey. Earl would be happy to meet other TOP readers.
Sorry I can't be there, but next time! I need to become a Member of the George Eastman Museum so I get notices about this kind of thing more in advance.
UPDATE, Sunday—Earl reports: "Mike—thanks for giving a shout-out. In addition to meeting Todd and some of the Kodak DCS luminaries, John Hamilton from Toronto attended and introduced himself. It was a lovely time and we missed you!"
"Here's Todd signing his book for Jim McGarvey (standing), who led the development of professional digital cameras at Kodak for 17 years [and is the author of this short history —Ed.]. Jim's talking to Ken Parulski, former chief scientist for Kodak's digital camera division."
James: "Mike, now that you mention Earl Dunbar, did you know there once was an Earl of Dunbar? Does your friend know? I bet his parents did."
Earl replies: "Ha! Yes, I know well of the Earl(s) of Dunbar, both historically and all the times my childhood 'friends' took that reference too far.... At one time Clan Dunbar was the second richest and most powerful clan in Scotland. Until some ruling jackass destroyed my inheritance! Slainte!"
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