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May is chock full of special and historical events. Particularly here in Indianapolis, where every Memorial Day the race cars fire up their engines and compete in the Indianapolis 500.
But I don't want to look forward today, I want to glimpse back in time.
The year was 1937. Crowds gathered in Lakehurst Borough, New Jersey, to welcome the arrival of family and friends. Those people had taken a three day journey across the Atlantic Ocean traversing that great, blue expanse from their point of origin in Frankfurt, Germany.
Thunderstorms delayed their journey to New Jersey, so the captain of their ship routed past Manhattan Island and down the coast of New Jersey as he waited for the weather to clear at his destination. That evening, around 6:22 p.m., Captain Max Pruss received word that the storms had cleared the dock and it was safe to bring his vessel to the dock. The journey neared its end shortly after 7 p.m. as it reached the dock.
Now, most of us don't know about this part of the story, for it is what happened next that is ingrained on the pages of history.
At 7:25 p.m., Captain Pruss maneuvered the LZ 129 Hindenburg near the mooring mast when the zeppelin burst into flames and crashed. Thirteen passengers, twenty-two aircrewmen This instant was capture simultaneously by photographer Sam Shere and radio reporter Herbert Morrison, thus making the Hindenburg crash one of the first large-scale tragedies captured moment-by-moment by news media. To this day, Morrison's report—which you can listen to here—remains one of the most widely-recognized broadcasts from that era.
I celebrated Cinco de Mayo a day early; last night's dinner was from Little Mexico. (Seafood enchiladas, for those of you wondering.)
But today has me thinking about the Latin American tradition of having a Quinceañera. For those of you unfamiliar with this, it is the celebration of a girl's 15th birthday and marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood.
So far, I've not had the opportunity to photograph a Quinceañera celebration, although I would love the opportunity to be part of this moment in a person's life.
That transition is an important one for most teens. It won't be much longer until that teen is learning to drive, getting a first job, graduating high school, and beginning an "adult" life (whatever that means).
Documenting this transition is just as important as senior photos, engagement photos or wedding photos. Because those are all once-in-a-lifetime events. Once the moment is passed, it cannot be recovered.
Yes, I am a Star Wars fan. And a Star Trek fan, among others. I do not shy away from my geek side—my day job won't let me—so I embrace it for what it is; a part of me.
I love that every summer for the past several years, Indianapolis has been home to Gen Con, a gaming conference that brings out gamers and cosplay fans to town for a couple of days. I am hoping to be able to get there this year and partake in the photo opportunities.
Who knows, I may find an über-tall Chewbacca to get my photo taken with.
Last night, the inaugural Rev Indy event happened at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rev is a Methodist Health Foundation marquee event for Indiana University Health and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to raise funds to provide support for IU Health Statewide Trauma programs, including medical services for drivers and patrons of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The event was a big success. All of the tickets sold out, raising thousands of dollars to support the foundation. All kids of people showed up for the event:
The drivers came out to support the event. They also worked in conjunction with local restaurants to create innovate dishes for the attendees to enjoy throughout the night.
The decor was top of the line. Little touches throughout the venue made the night special and reflected the evening's theme of Fire and Chrome.
The festivities included great talent on the main stage. Jon McLaughlin was the featured performer:
And Indianapolis' own Endless Summer Band kept the tunes going late into the night.
For this speech, I struggled to think about what subject I could present where I could utilize visual aids in my presentation. I first thought of a similar setup I use for the Post-Processing Focus Group I lead for the Indy Meetup Photo Club. But the room where Northeast 2000 meets is too small to bring in a video projector and use the laptop. So I stole an idea from a fellow toastmaster, Bryan, and chose to go the flipchart route.
In all fairness, the material I presented in this speech was developed by Dave Ramsey in his program of the same title.