Here below is my favorite candid shot of Harv in Lynne. I took this as I was departing after a couple days visiting.
On this trip as I first arrived Lynne took me to the NS yard in Columbus to photograph the NS 611 Steam engine, which sat
all by itself ready for the next day's excursion which we chased. Nobody was there except Lynne and I. Harv was still at work
at the time.
On this trip to Columbus I had such a great time. We talked about the incredible chain of events that brought us all
out of the Las Vegas valley. Harv and Lynne moved to Ohio and years later I moved out of Vegas. I think back on how we
had connected all the way back to 1981. We worked at the MGM Grand Hotel. I simply came in one day to work and
Lynne was a time keeper in the office and I was wearing a Milwaukee Railroad T-shirt, and she said, "I like your shirt, so
are you into trains?" It all started there.
I think back and wonder if the model train layout I built for the Railroad museum in Mendota IL. and Cherry would have
ever happened if someone did not come along and restart that old interest I had in trains? Harv and Lynne were the ones who
greatly influenced me to start photographing trains.
I enjoyed all the times in Vegas I went over thier house to watch the slide shows of Harv's work. I picked his brain
on how he achieved some of those photographs. Some of his night shots were spectacular. We would have Pizza and popcorn
and I would be there about four or five hours.
I knew I had to get busy photographing, so I became interested in capturing the Union Pacific in the west. I traveled
to Cajon Pass too and shot the SF. But my greatest catch would be the Chicago and Illinois Central Railroad in the early to
mid 90's, before they ceased to exist. I remember that first get together at his house. I brought a few prints of some of
some photos I had and Harv always mentioned that he remembered me bringing those pictures of just railroad tracks of where
I used to live. I had nothing but a few pictures and now I have several thousand quality pics of my own personal photography
because of the influence of this one guy. Enough about me, the main point is a great deal of the output of my life in the
last 15 years is connected to these two people. I am so glad that I mentioned that to them while they were alive. I told them
how much I loved them and appreciated them as friends. They were great to me and thier purpose in my life is immeasurable.
Harv always believed that every railfan photographer has something of thier own to bring no matter what it is. If it
is an interest in waycars, trolleys, GG1s Gp10's, tracks, maintenance equipment, everyone has something to offer.