The Speed Graphic camera sat on a shelf near where I was being interviewed for a weekly newspaper job in 1954. I had traveled more than 1,500 miles from Missouri to Oregon with my wife and two small children, and I needed the job.
The interview with the publisher and print shop foreman dragged on and on, and I could tell they weren’t convinced that I could be successful despite my experience of editing four weekly newspapers and six years of college during which I specialized in journalism.
Even though I was 25 years old, I looked like I was 18, which I blamed on an inherited “young” gene.
On a whim, I stood, walked to the shelf, took down the Speed Graphic, named the parts as I field-stripped and reassembled the camera. “This is a good camera,” I said.
I was offered the job a few minutes later.
I was introduced to photography a few years earlier because I needed a class — any class — to fill my semester requirements at the University of Missouri. I ended up in Cliff Edom’s beginning Continue reading SPEED GRAPHIC CAMERA HELPED CLINCH THE DEAL