Danny Hart's artwork rendition of me
While working Saturday night at the hotel, I got a pleasant surprise. My cousin Danny, whom I've never met in person, paid me a visit along with his partner Justin.
Danny and Justin
Danny's mother Sandy, was my high school classmate (Downingtown High School, Class of 1959.) Actually Sandy is my mother's first cousin. Sandy's father Randall Hadfield was the brother of my Mother's father George L. Hadfield, Sr. That would make Sandy my first cousin. Danny, being Sandy's son would be my first cousin, once removed.
Sandy Hart (Danny's Mother and my classmate) and me
Danny and his partner Justin live in Virginia Beach, which is about five hours away from where I live, the Rehoboth Beach/Lewes area of southern Delaware. I met Danny through Facebook as I have many of my other new generation cousins. I know that Danny is an artist through the work I've seen him display on Facebook. He told me he had a picture of me that he wanted to give to me.
Danny is like me that he likes to take loads of pictures. However, Danny is different in one respect. He has talent. Isn't it interesting when you spot real talent? Over the course of my life there have been several such instances such as this when I recognize talent right off the bat. When Danny pulled that framed picture of me out of his bag and showed it to me, I was immediately impressed. Of course I liked it since it was a picture of myself when I was young (27) and good-looking (if one finds a tall, big nosed, gawky, kid attractive.)
Cousins Danny Hart and Ron Tipton
Danny had taken one of those old pictures I took from a photo booth back in the Sixties and reverse the display, placed some kind of oil painting veneer over it with an old newspaper and created an iconic picture of my favorite person, ME.
Ron Tipton photo booth picture 1968
Lately I've been thinking a lot about writing a book about my life. I was encouraged by reading a self-published book by the wife of the man I had my first sexual affair. I thought if she can write a book, hey.....I can too. And why not? Writing a book is just an extension of me writing this blog and keeping a personal journal (which I do.)
I've been checking into how to go about self-publishing and I have read that it is very important to have a good cover. In fact, that may be the most expensive part of publishing a book.....getting an artist to create a unique design for the book. I think I just found my cover. Thank you Danny!
Oh, an interesting aside. I was so happy with the picture that Danny had made of me that I showed it to my co-worker Dawn who was in the hotel Saturday night for turn down service. I excitedly showed her the picture and asked her what she thought of it. She looked at it and said "Oh, I like it." Then as she was leaving she turned around again and said "Uh....is that you in the picture Ron?" I said "Yes, didn't recognize me?" A sheepish look came over her face and she said "Oh, of course." Uh huh. It's like Danny said when he first presented the picture to me "You haven't changed at all!" Well......maybe I changed a little bit after 41 years.
Ron Tipton old man 2010