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    Updating My Head Shot

    So have you all noticed that I’m using a new picture for my column? Herman took it and I was very clear on the fact that I didn’t want to be in my wheelchair for it. So Herman transferred me into an easy chair for the picture. He put me in front of the refrigerator so we’d have a plain background. Boy, have I come a long way from my professional head shots when I was pursuing an acting career.

    Back then, the photographer would make sure everything was just so for the shoot. Lighting, backdrop, makeup and wardrobe were all part of the experience. My photographer at the time was a girl named Erin Hayes. I haven’t spoken to her in years. I’m assuming she’s still a professional photographer.

    My previous picture in the paper was taken by Spencer Tullis when he used to work for The Leader-Herald. I was still walking with a cane and had come in the front door of the newspaper, knowing I’d never make it up the stairs. Spencer was nice enough to come down and he took the picture so fast, I didn’t even have time to get ready. As opposed to this picture, which Herman took and re-took several times. And I’m still not sure if I like it so much myself, no offense to Herman.

    It’s different posing for a picture when you know it’s going to be used in publication. Spencer’s was at the top of my column for the past ten years, and I didn’t want to be like Ann Landers by having a picture in the paper that was twenty years behind the times. I think Herman did a pretty good job, don’t you?

    Maybe this could be a fifth career for him. He’s already director of Big Brothers Big Sisters for our county, a personal care aide for me, does on call consulting for the local mental health clinic and writes occasional feature articles for the Sunday paper. Oh, and sometimes he does take the pictures for the articles he writes, so I guess he has a head start.

    I guess you could call him my photographer as well. He certainly is multi-talented. He also writes poetry and fiction and edits a small literary magazine called JAW (Just Another Writing) Magazine that he’s been putting out for the past couple of years quarterly. The art work for the little magazine is done by his daughter Hermanette who lives in California. He has published several of my efforts there as well.

    So this is the picture I’m using now here. I hope you like it ok. It’s closer to who I am now, even if it wasn’t taken by a professional…


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com