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It took 58 years for my three seconds of national exposure, but it happened tonight (2/15).  On "The Bachelor" they showed Chris Soules' hometown visit and his return to Starmont, where he went to school.  He took Jade Roper to the football game.  Tons of media, as you might expect, besides the production crew.  Any other Friday night and I'm the only photographer on the sidelines.  After the other media had left, I hung around for some possible shots.  Lo and behold, there I am!  I know they had better shots of me, but I guess that will do!  LOL!
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We had some excitement last night in my neck of the woods.  Any other Friday night I am the only white lens on the sideline covering the local preps, Starmont. 

A Starmont alumnus and next season's (2015) "The Bachelor", Chris Soules showed up to the game with a date and production company in tow to film an episode.

Heavy fog -- and I mean heavy -- rolled in with just a couple minutes left in the game.  Made for some interesting shots.

Everybody got the couple in the stands shots.  When it appeared to be all over, most of the other photogs and ABC affiliate camera crews left.  I hung around on the sideline kind of out of the way, just in case there was more.  That's when I got the shots of Chris and his date sharing a "private" moment after the game at midfield.

Chris grew up a few miles NW of me.  Met them both for a few moments. He seems to be well-liked with an out-going personality.  She was quiet and reserved and smiled a lot.  I'm pretty sure it was something new for her to experience small-town, rural life.  Everyone I talked to liked her.  Don't know if she can operate a tractor, though!

I don't normally watch "The Bachelor," but I might have to set the DVR next January or so and see if I get a few moments of fame on network TV!
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Covered a peewee wrestling tournament today.  Usually do prep sports and some college.  Sometimes it's good to do an event like this.  Images like this remind you that these little guys (and there were a couple of gals, too!) are doing it for the pure fun of it.

Sport at its finest!
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April 15 lunar eclipse in progress.  After you see it, you understand why it is called the "blood moon."  Very cool, and if you missed it, you have three more chances in the next 18 or so months to see another!  This is a so-called "tetrad."
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If you're a little older, you remember watching roller derby on TV back in the 60's and 70's.  I went with my nephew and one of his co-workers to a roller derby bout (that's what an event is called) recently on a whim.

They've cleaned up play, outlawing hair-pulling, elbows to the head, chucking opponents over the rail, etc.  They skate on flat tracks now, too.  It's less "pro wrestling" in style and more athletic and competitive.

Just the same, there's still plenty of action and these shots are my first ever covering roller derby.  Talk about trying something different!  Had a great time, too!

Anyhow, the Dubuque Bomb Squad hosted the Quad City Rollers, who are a very good team.  The Rollers pasted the Bombers, 454-107.
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Thanks, +Johan Dubruel .  I went to this on a whim and to have some fun with my nephew.  I like to post things like this to the Professional Sports Photographers community once in a while to shake things up a bit!  :-) 
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  • Wartburg College
    B.A.,German, World History
  • University of Northern Iowa
    M.A., Library Science
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Retired, but active covering local sports.
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Retired from teaching, enjoying life in the midwest.
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Into photography, coin collecting and amateur radio. Been an amateur extra since 1989. WØCT.
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Retired from school, but have remained a sports correspondent for the local papers.
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Dundee, IA
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West Point, NY - Regensburg, Germany - Toledo, IA
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