Portrait of Ron Miller

With today being America's Independence Day weekend, figured it appropriate to hit everyone with an armed services-related post. Couple months back, I had a lull in work travels and made some time to photograph Ron Miller, the former Naval Commanding Officer at Magnuson/Sand Point here in Seattle.

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Before getting in studio, I was lucky enough to hear stories and tour his old offices in what is now 'Building 30,' a multi-use complex that hosts a number of community events here in Seattle.

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The ballroom floor above no doubt saw quite a bit of traffic, and as he reminisced about the good ole' days, Ron revealed a number of old cassettes buried deep in his bomber jacket. Apparently, they contained the daily motivational speeches he was often known to give to his newer recruits.

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One title, "Prescription for Relief from Stress" was a favorite. **(As an aside: some days later, I received a compendium of these speeches in printed form. . .)

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While it's sad to admit that Building 30 now lays in a state of semi-disrepair, there's quite a bit of community effort to preserve it by transforming it to artists' studios and small naval museum. The image above shows an installation undertaken by a number of Magnuson Park artists as a means to draw attention to the building's state.

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Either way, it'd be great to breathe new life into 30 and get someone else in there besides the ducks.

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As we made our way out, I couldn't help but notice Ron's sweet bomber jacket.

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Asked him about picking one up in a large, but was informed that it only came in two sizes, 1) no and 2) just Ron's.

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Much appreciation to Ron for taking the time to sit for me. Happy Fourth to everyone!

More always,

Mike