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This is a tribute video created to play during my Dad’s retirement party with the Greenville Symphony. (Circa 1990) It runs about 13 minutes.
I think this video was pretty well done and deserved of an Internet audience. There were no credits on the production nor the VHS tape I’ve had stashed away in my drawer for nearly 25 years. If someone knows the videomakers, please write in.
Of the people appearing in the video, I know very few of them. My mother, Betsie Rickett, is featured prominently. The video is introduced by Bradford W. Wyche, at that time the President of the Greenville Symphony Association. Others appearing: Dr. Richard Maag, James Parham, Karen Lawton, Mary (Evelyn) McCrary, Peggy Parham, Patricia Quarles, John Parham, Martha Kitterman, Joel Keller.
The date “4/29/90” was written in pencil in what looks like my father’s handwriting on the label of the tape. VHS was never meant to be an archival video format, but the quality pulled from this 25 year-old tape is mostly passable.
Here’s an article cut-out from the Times-News (Hendersonville) that my Mom sent me in the mail. (May 28, 1989) The photo of my Dad conducting is a little freaky in terms of his hair and eye wear, but it’s a good article. Sorry about the quality and presentation of the PDF but I think it’s worthy because of the way he’s quoted in the article.
Below are photos I took in 1986 when my father conducted the Greenville Symphony in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. If memory serves, I’m pretty sure this was a dress rehearsal the afternoon before the performance. This is when the GSO’s home venue was McAlister Auditorium on the Furman University Campus.
Photo notes: The picture quality is not what I would hope for but it was the technology available to me at the time which was a Pentax 35 mm SLR (handed down from my father) with 5294 Kodak motion picture film processed by RGB Photo Lab in Hollywood, CA. I was able to dig out the negatives recently and scanned them with an inexpensive 5.1 megapixel scanner I bought on Amazon.com. Sorry about the hairs, I don’t have a suitable place to handle the negatives.
This is a photo of my parents, Betsie & Peter, with character actor John Abbott circa 1991. At the time I was helping John Abbott with the writing of his book about acting and his career. While my parents were visiting Los Angeles, I brought them over to meet the elderly actor. Sadly, John Abbott’s unique and interesting book was never published.
Here’s Dad posing with his trusty 5-wood (metal) in 2006. As I remember, the point of this photo was that at his age things went better when he teed off with his 5-metal (wood). Somehow, that’s been true for me my entire golfing life. This photo was taken on one of the courses in Sun City West, AZ.
This was taken on Mom & Dad’s first trip to Europe in 1972. I believe this was in Italy somewhere.
This is a portrait of my father, Peter Rickett, from 1950. The photo has a note saying it was taken by Harold Hone, a well-known Madison, Wisconsin photographer and a family friend.
This must be circa 1929. I figure my father looks about six years old? He ended up looking quite a bit like his old man. As for more details about this photo, someone else is going to have to fill that in.