He spent most of his growing-up years in Sioux Falls, SD. Wes was the oldest child of Norman Peterson and Ethel Schuttler Peterson. Soon a younger brother, Perry, was added to the family followed by two sisters, Karen and Normalie. Perry was only 13 months younger and they shared many coming-of-age experiences. Their first bicycle was shared as was their first car.
That car was no ordinary car. It was a 1936 Oldsmobile which the two boys painted green and then plastered the body with slogans in red and yellow lettering. On one side of the hood was painted, “opportunity, hear it knock,” the other side read “heap big smoke, no fire.” Once it actually had an electrical fire under the hood, adding authentic paint blisters to the words. A few other phrases were: “don’t laugh, lady, your daughter may be inside”; “any contributions gratefully accepted” with an arrow pointing to the gas tank; “we may be slow but we’re still ahead of you.” The car’s name was Irene, and the back of the car was painted with “Good Night, Irene” after a song popular at the time. Read More→
I came across an old reel-to-reel recording of my parents wedding. July 8, 1956.
When providing technical support you get some pretty interesting support calls. One of the most interesting was when Mark Janke called and said that his printer wouldn’t work. There was some type of paper jam. Upon investigation we found a small snake which had escaped from the biology lab curled up tightly deep inside the printer. Snake 1 – Printer 0.
This summer we moved to Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, PA. We enjoyed the trip with our new Teardrop. Many thanks to Jared Brophy, Mark Janke and Nathan Henson for their help during the building process.
I had some fun with photography the last couple days. First, I took a high dynamic range (HRD) picture of the girls dorm here at Blue Mountain Academy.
Simply put, HDR merges three or more photos. It takes the best of each to make the shadow areas visible and the overexposed areas have color and textures. Here are the three images I used to create the one above:
I also took an HDR image of the BMA Church entrance. This was taken in the evening just after the sun went behind the mountain. The glow was still on the church steeple and the sun was still shining on the clouds.
This morning there was a beautiful sunrise with fog in the valley. I grabbed my camera and tripod and went to the window and took some pictures. The result as really surreal!
I showed this to students in the photography class there at BMA today. They didn’t believe it was really a photograph until I showed them the originals on my camera.
Last night, I decided to do some night photography. It was a blast!
These were all timed exposure without anything but existing light. Then I got to thinking about putting myself in a picture…
Ah! The fun you can have with timed exposures… But what about HDR at night? Hmmm…
Hmmm. What to do next?
Beginning next school year, Weimar Academy will have a new Principal. Chad Bernard come to Weimar Academy from being Principal of the Greater Lansing Adventist School in Lansing, Michigan. His infectious energy will be a welcome addition to Weimar Academy. Here is his welcome letter to the alumni.
We have a new web site for the Namu Project. You can view it at namuproject.org.
Thanks to cooperation of Richard Winn, we have started a project to create a PDF archive of the early Weimar Bulletins. Posted below is the first one.
Please follow the link on the menu above to view the full archive.
While an 8th Grader at John Nevins Andrews Elementary School in Takoma Park, Maryland our class performed a play called Dear Tish which chronicled letters home from a Civil War soldier. Our Social Studies Teacher, Lydia Chiomente, put a lot of work into this play and really made it a production. As I recall there were 2-3 performances of the play and you had to have tickets to get in – a big deal for 8th graders. At the end of the year Mrs. Chiomente let me keep a copy of the play. I don’t know how many copies of the play there may be out there still, but I decided to scan my copy and share it – at least for memory sake. As far as I know, Mrs. Chiomente wrote this play herself. If you remember anything more about this, please comment.