The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography
Biographies are studies of someone's life based on cumulative research. Good ones may reveal something, but probably barely scratch the surface of what actually went on. The internet is allowing me to do something VERY different.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum
Friday, November 27, 2020
The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #228
Laurance Rockefeller was my first big sale, when he discovered, and purchased, my portfolio, “Winters: 1970-1980”, after attending my exhibit in New York at Nikon House. David Rockefeller probably knew me through those images, and so he attended one of my exhibits at Aperture, some years later, buying a print from my Northwest Passage adventure related to my newly published Aperture book of the same name. I joined the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Conservation Foundation (ALC) in 1994, and soon thereafter, David joined the board as well. We became friends over the next 9yrs. of service to the board because we both loved Alaska, and adventuring there. We operated by the same M.O. - we used the 3-day board meetings as our excuse for visiting the state, but we usually stayed 2-3 additional weeks, to wander around somewhere other than Anchorage. When David finally left the ALC board at the end of his term, ALC hosted a lovely party for him at one of New York’s fancier hotels,..it may have been the Waldorf Astoria. The absolute location details are a little sketchy because it was quite a night, and quite a party. I clearly drank too much, but was sober enough for this photo-op with David, when ALC gave him one of my most popular prints from my Tongass work as a going-away gift. (I am not sure why my face looks like I am storing nuts in my cheeks, maybe it is just the strobe light,..Hahaha!). After this ceremony, the luster of being David’s friend rubbed off on me, and I was accosted by two gorgeous 40-somethings, decked out to the nines in elegant clothes, who insisted I should spend the rest of the evening misbehaving with both of them,..so I did. Thank you, David!
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