I had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy Page today as I photographed him outside of his hotel shortly after he received an honorary doctoral degree from the Berklee College of Music. I had passed a hotel where I saw a large crowd gathered, so I stopped and inquired what/who they were waiting for. A nice man named Ross came out to greet the crowd. Ross is an associate of Jimmy’s. He told the crowd the crowd rules regarding autographs and photos. There were to be no photos. I took out my Leica camera and left my large and bulky press cameras in my car’s trunk. I explained to Ross that I had no intent on selling the photo, simply I wanted a nice portrait. He went into the hotel and came out and said that it was ok that I snap Jimmy’s photo but that I could only shoot for a few seconds, and that I had to wait in line with the autograph seekers. I got to Jimmy and he smiled broadly and said something to the effect of: oh, I was told (by Ross) about this professional camera and that you must be a professional, ok, just a second. He then went into his pocket and took out his sunglasses and put them on. I shook his hand and thanked him. He continued his infectious smile and was quite at ease. I was not. I confess to being a little nervous, after all, it is not everyday one meets a guitar God. The other photo here is from 1995 when I photographed the Page and Plant concert down the street at the Boston Garden for the Boston Herald.
The 135th Annual Ball and Awards Ceremony of the Boston Fire Department honored 20 firefighters last night who, according to Interim Fire CommissionerJohn F. Hasson, “have distinguished themselves in the performance of their duty during 2013.” Hasson spoke to the large crowd at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel and touched upon the bravery displayed at the April 15 Boston Marathon terrorist attack where “members, on duty or off, performed their duties with the utmost bravery”. Firefighter Douglas Menard, of Engine Company 14, was awarded the John E. Fitzgerald Medal for the Most Meritorious Act. His plaque description reads: “On April 15, 2013, two bombs were detonated by terrorists at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. Fire Fighter Douglas Menard was in close proximity to the bomb detonation and was knocked off balance by the explosion. Without hesitation and under the uncertain threat of more bombs, he came upon his first victim, a mother covering her teenage daughter’s injured leg. He applied a tourniquet and moved on to several other victims with burning cloths caused by the hot metal fragments of the bomb. He extinguished their burning cloths and provided first aid to their burns. After receiving several reports of victims in the Marathon Sports building, he entered the building and, aided by other firefighters, continued to to provide first aid to multiple victims.”
Nineteen other firefighters were honored for heroic acts performed in 2013.
- Firefighter Douglas Menard, with John F. Hasson, Interim Fire Commissioner, and Joseph E. Finn, Deputy Chief, at right.
Medal of Honor recipients, Fire Lieutenant Sean M. O’Brien, engine company 7, at left, and firefighter Charles M. Buchanan engine company 24, and Michael Foley.
- Medal of Honor recipients, Fire Lieutenant Sean M. O’Brien, engine company 7, at left, and firefighter Charles M. Buchanan engine company 24, among others.