Created by mixed media renegade artist Marty Kendall for memorial party/late wake for my Mom Lauralee and our pal Rod Ash.
The event featured musical performances by Mikael Lewis, Twillo, Larry Harper and me reading poetry and doing various ceremonies, plus Adam Burningham reading and other tributes and goodness / all at “Camp Dane” in Little Cottonwood canyon – Also video dispatches from various musical artist scattered around the world.
Was fantastically well attended in person as well as through video simulcast.. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Marty wasn’t able to attend to deliver the posters in person, but I’m very pleased to have a beautiful print of this glorious piece in Japan.
Project: Upon turning 50 years old on August 16, 2020, Dave Olson (me, hello) is posting a photo (or maybe photos) a day / per year – starting with 1970 with intent of chronicling existence through various primary evidence sourced from studio portraits, class photos, ID / passport photos, or occasionally other “casual/group/random” shots when the above don’t exist in my archive (note: not “artificial intelligence,” really me, pulled from shoeboxes, journals, wallets and whatnot – diligently scanned and dated via glasses and haircuts, lightly annotated).
“Spot” was a band i played with Chris S, Dan T, Eric ? and Brandon K in Sat Lake City (Utah) in 1991. We rocked hard, developed an audience quickly, got great gigs and then Chris went to Alaska to do something with crabs, borrowed money to get there in his rugged ole plumber van and that was it. More to say another time (we coulda got the opening gig for Dino Jr and Nirvana and for example) but hey… one of these days, a guy called Sohaib in New Jersey will mail me the only known recording of our excellence. Until then, here are a few handbills/posters/flyers.
Puffing along a trail recounting leaving cold, miserable London en route to post-hurricane Florida with flashbacks to working in Rheinplatz grade fields, gathering chestnuts to sell for beer and bread money, strange encampments at Oktoberfest, and hitchhiking to Amsterdam with gaggle of pals. To London by ferry and rapid exit via cheap flight Florida, quickly interjecting in chaotic domestic situations, meals with surly Hare Krishnas, sleeping on unglamorous beaches, and avoiding looting commotion, while plotting forward momentum, which eventually came in form of a dubious drive-away car situation to Dallas… and beyond (in 1992).
Features music by: “Brave Captain” fIREHOSE (recorded live in Ancienne, Belgique, March 12, 1991 – via Archive.org), “Florida” by Blue Rodeo (recorded live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), and “Crazy Fingers” by Grateful Dead (recorded live in Phoenix, AZ, 1993 – via archive.org).
Each Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune presents images from its archives in a special series called A Look Back. This week’s installment features photos of The Rolling Stones, Black Flag, REM and a number of other iconic bands as shot by The Salt Lake Tribune’s Rick Egan, who has been with the paper since 1984. “Concerts are hard. The lights are always changing. The people are always moving. It’s not like shooting anything else,” Egan said. “I’ve only been knocked out once.” It happened when he was punched by a fan at a Jimmy Cliff show. Egan started photographing bands in high school in the late 1970s. “That was back in the day when you could just walk in to a show with a camera and nobody cared.”
Each Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune presents historic images in a special series called A Look Back. This week’s installment features photos from notable Salt Lake City concerts ranging from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Basically, I outlined various traits and skills about leadership – most of which i’ve exercised at my day job – and explained scenarios from past adventures which taught (or allowed me to practice) these skills.
For example: Patience while arriving in Japan learning no language, or the importance of escape plan when confronted with an un-savory ride.
This construct allowed me to share the lost years of roaming and experiment with some new metaphors.
In all, some fun storytelling to a full room (off-mic and off page). I’ll compile the Twitter (great) feedback eventually, but here are a few key artifacts so far:
1) The slide deck featuring photos of hitchhiking signs from journeys past as well as anecdotal snaps
2) An article from the Vancouver Sun which i’ll liberally excerpt from for the preservation of the record.
Vancouver Sun Article
Note 2 alternate versions: Bringing a good idea to fruition and Everyone can be a leader By Jenny Lee, Vancouver Sun January 8, 2011 Dave Olson community director of Vancouver technology company, Hootsuite, says leadership skills are best learned when you’re out of your comfort zone. Photograph by: Jason Payne, Vancouver Sun
Conference speaker Dave Olson, who is community director of Hootsuite, a young local technology company, believes that leadership is learned by getting out of one’s comfort zone both pysically and mentally.
Leadership in fast-paced technological world is all about teamwork and camaraderie. Leaders must learn to trust, delegate, experiment and refine, he said.
“A lot of the things we experience living an adventurous life teaches us practical skills when leading fast paced groups,” Olson said. For Olson, that meant travelling. “Other people can learn the same feeling of openness when volunteering to work with handicapped kids one summer. For me, I learned about openness by sticking out my thumb.”
At Hootsuite everyone works in one big room and “everyone’s opinion is valid,” Olson said. “There are not a bunch of egos. We cross over and share skills across the department.
“You definitely have to cultivate that atmosphere,” Olson added. “You have to have something that brings that to life. [And] it starts top down.”