Photos by David Vine shot during a visit to Danbury, CT during early May, 2014.
A late afternoon stroll down memory lane during early evening in early May.
Half of 666?
Not quite as scary but disconcerting non-the-less.
Old News-Times Building Placard
I've enlarged the text for you and it's part of the gallery.
The Old News-Times Building
Read the article to get the details. Not just nostalgia for something semi-historic. I actually lived in the second floor apartment. Fantastic commute! Just a few steps across Main St. from home (circa 1973-74) to work at the "New" News-Times" building.
Second Story Windows
I keep thinking of Dallas and the famous Book Depository when I see these windows in this picture. It's the second floor windows for my old apartment.
The "New" Holiday Diner
This is a classic diner with lots of chrome and wood, great booths, friendly staff, good food and good prices. Plus, it's a nice walk from downtown Danbury's Main Stree. How can you go wrong?
The reason why...
...the date on the plaque was important. I lived in an apartment in this building for a while.
I Was Present At Birth
See my photos of Leonard Bernstein in another gallery on this site. The park was named after composer Charles Ives who grew up in Danbury. Plans for the park arose from a unique July 4th 1974 Ives Concert which I covered. Bernstein conducted and the now internationally acclaimed conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas was with him that evening.
Yes, I went to the mat with this one. Tech savvy DV was stumped. Took me hours to master this complex setup. Finally got a guy from the library staff who was able to give me good instruction on how to use this system.
The Old Homestead
A walk down Danbury's Main Street during the late afternoon last Friday (May 2, 2014) brought back many great memories. There have been a lot of changes there, too. I started at the library where I checked in to see about the microfilm copies of back issues of the News Times, and continued down Main Street about a half-mile or so to 333 Main Street, home of the newspaper where I worked for nearly three years from1973-1975. These pictures were made during the hour or so I walked Main Street, past my old apartment and then over to the "New" Holiday Diner where, years ago, I ate many dinners while chatting with Nick, the owner. A journey into the past is what this web site is all about. My days as a photographer-writer at the News-Times in Danbury, Connecticut actually followed my years in New Haven but I'm still working on unearthing that material.
The Second Floor Windows
These are the windows to the apartment I rented in the former News-Times building. An editor from the paper visited me one day and said my bedroom was the former Linotype room. Another reason for the fondness I feel for the old hot-lead typesetting machine.
The "New" Holiday Diner
These days, it has the same sign, but with different colors. Many a good meal was eaten there. Nick, the proprietor, was always very nice to me and always seemed to be in a good mood. He sold the place about 12 years ago, and is stilldoing well, according to the diner's new owner (or maybe manager). I remember when my Leica fell of a coat hook and the rangefinder was damaged. Repair was very expensive, but the newspaper paid for it. A couple of years later I sold all of my "good" gear because as a freelancer I could not afford to repair any of it. I then purchased a pair of Olympus OM-2 cameras with motor drives and four lenses for the cameras.
Charles Ives in Danbury
Some of my most memorable photos were taken July 4th weekend concert honoring the 100th Birthday of American Composer Charles Edward Ives (October 20, 1874 – May 19, 1954). Charles Ives was born in Danbury, Connecticut. Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas separately conducted the American Symphony Orchestra that evening. I have many more photos of Bernstein. I wish I could have shot more photos of Thomas but it was dark by the time he led the orchestra. Ives Concert Park is a performing arts center, an outdoor amphitheater on 40 wooded acres with a pond, gardens and public hiking trails. It is located on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury.
Early Saturday afternoon I left the Danbury Public Library, realizing that I need to hire a local freelance researcher. It's too big a job for me to go through 34 months of N-T's pages on dozens of rolls of microfilm. I estimate it will take nearly 100 hours to review the papers and digitally copy the information I need. As I understand it the only complete and up to date archive of the Danbury News-Times.