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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Vignettes from Vermont: Where in the world is Laurence San Francisco Part 2: "This Cat"

Ad from June '67 American Cinematographer mag

BENNINGTON -- Eric Wood replied to Art Gallery Dude's Google+ post ...




... and then Eric Wood tagged Art Gallery Dude on Facebook ...




... and then Eric Wood finally sent the email: "Laurence Craig was born in Kansas in 1934. He left the US at age 19 to explore the world but landed in SF when he returned. He married his college girlfriend and opened a photo studio. In 1967 he became a TV News Cameraman and won a bunch of awards for his work. He was also promoted to Chief Cameraman of NBC SF. He eventually left TV and focused on large format photography. On July 25th, 2007 he passed away. He has one son, Shannon Craig, who is currently employed as a freelance Sound Engineer. Shannon still lives at Bowdoin. His phone number is ____."

AGD won't publish Shannon's number. Search the Web if you want it.

First of all, thank you a million times over, Eric Wood, for that information even though AGD remains baffled because he spent the last 30 minutes scouring the Web for some of the information you emailed but still can't find a shred of evidence to back it up.


That being said, AGD did find Shannon Craig and fired him an email. More to come ...

Another tidbit from yesterday's story (here) continues to dance in AGD's mind, the ad in the back of the June 1967 American Cinematographer (click to embiggen) ...




... because another question becomes, Who is "this cat" who craves pressure?

Is it possible this director-cameraman became famous?

That he used the term "cat" to describe himself would have put him anywhere between 21 and 40 in June 1967, coming up on 46 years ago.

Any dude over 40 calling himself a "cat" was the '67 equivalent of a hipster. Let's pick a reasonable age: 32. Not so young anymore but experienced, but not too experienced and mature so that you can still call yourself a "cat" ...

... Unless this dude was a 40-or-older hipster who knew how to market himself by all means necessary, in which case that would be funny and more power to him.

AGD left a message at American Cinematographer. It's pretty much a record-keeping question at this point: Does the magazine still have files of everyone who used Dept. 1634? If so, we might be able to narrow down the list to find the director.

Want to join this people search? Hit up AGD at G+ or FB or Twitter.

Update at 10:20 a.m.: Eric Wood told AGD how he found 411 on Laurence Craig, and it was pretty impressive. Without letting too much out of the bag, part of the info led to ...