MEL JACOBSON on fri 11 jan 08
it was a strange phenomenon.
art, making things, drawing, painting was easy
for me. like most things i do, i stick to it. work at it.
school was hard, i did not have a memory system for
reading, i had, and still have a memory system for doing/seeing.
if i see it, i know it.
like written instructions for doing brain surgery, better i see
a guy do it. kids like me, us, did not fair well in school.
in fact...when i got to college...because of sports/football
and swimming....i took every art course i could fit in..because
they were easy...and i could get a free A+. nice for those
honor points. it never dawned on me that i should do what
came easy. i thought i was cheating in some way.
i sort of snuck into art classes. my best friend and football
buddy was dale eldred. (he hired ken ferguson at kansas city
and was the main guy in 3d there.) we were like twins.
we went up the back stairs at drew fine arts center at hamline
university and took art. (football guys did not major in art.)
i transferred on to the u of minnesota, he went to michigan.
he started at guard there for two years. was an all big ten
shot and discus thrower. he majored in art.
so did i. when i met warren mackenzie, it was all over. never looked
back. changed my major from philosophy and sociology to art.
got my art ed degree my fifth year in school.
i was so lucky. so lucky. i got to do what came easy and
i enjoyed. so, that makes life joyful. and, it is.
i am now shooting video, talking video, reading video...testing
video. writing scripts for video. swearing in video. in fact
i am going to shoot video at the wirt's. told tom he could NOT be in
the video...betsy will be the star. he could direct...he thinks he
will get big bucks for being the director...little does he know.
cecil b. de mel
meeting today with anne at `greatapes` in minneapolis.
she is going to lay out the entire process/set a schedule. jimmy woelm
was in my class at whittier..we talked about it yesterday.
he lived up above the CC tap bar (two room apartment). no dad.
he now owns three very successful companies. at 73 still runs all three.
he does what he does best....audio and video tape. he started doing
8 tracks/and wire recording. just google greatapes, minneapolis...he
has done well.
and, he will do well by me.
he bought out the paint store building next to him...
he kept the former owners running the place. he just got things
organized. now a big success...the old guys still come in
every day..83 and 85. jim made money, but he did it to keep them
alive. nice guy. jim, like me, have been there. had nothing, worked
hard...made a place.
Richard Aerni on fri 11 jan 08
----- Original Message -----
From: "MEL JACOBSON"
To: "Richard Aerni"
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2008 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: clay and school
> At 08:36 AM 1/11/2008, you wrote:
> >On Fri, 11 Jan 2008 06:55:23 -0600, MEL JACOBSON
> > >in fact...when i got to college...because of sports/football
> > >and swimming....i took every art course i could fit in..because
> > >they were easy...and i could get a free A+. nice for those
> > >honor points. it never dawned on me that i should do what
> > >came easy. i thought i was cheating in some way.
> >Your point about you should do what came easy resonated with me. All
> >through high school and college (which I never finished, for reasons that
> >will become clear at the end of this paragraph), I always dismissed those
> >things that came easily to me. If I could breeze through them, what
> >could they have? All things valuable must come through hard and diligent
> >work (all the psychologists out there, have a field day! ), and if it
> >a snap, like history, English, government, public speaking and the like,
> >what good was it? So, looking for challenges, I studied linguistics,
> >religious thought, anthropology, advanced calculus, and finally settled
> >geology as a major, which I truly have an interest in, but as practiced
> >the professional level, humbles me.
> >When I stumbled into clay, and wheel throwing, I thought it was quite
> >possibly the hardest thing I'd ever encountered, but also the most
> >intriguing. Like you, I have determination (I call myself a plodder) and
> >stuck with it, to the dismay of parents, no doubt, and after all these
> >years, I have some fluency with it. It's still not natural, but I can
> >it and understand it somewhat.
> >But, if I'd followed what initially interested me, and found easy, where
> >would I be now?
> >Take care,
> >Richard Aerni
> >Rochester, NY
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