Tom & Bernie

6 12 2010

A photo I shot of my good friend Tom with his father, Bernie, was recently used in a brochure for Cochlear Americas (brochure shown below). Bernie has a cochlear implant. I photographed Tom, his wife Holly, and their dog Bailey at their new home in Arlington when Bernie was visiting this past spring. Tom wrote about his father’s hearing loss for the July/August 2010 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, published by the Hearing Loss Association of America.

My favorite memory he shared was about when his dad won a Corvair during a prize drawing that People’s Drug launched in 1960 to celebrate the opening of their 100th store. In his article, My Dad, the Ford Man, Tom writes, “We have a picture of the whole family posing with Bozo the Clown (Willard Scott). Although my dad was thrilled to win the car, he is a lifelong Ford man. As you may recall, the Corvair inspired Ralph Nader to write the book, Unsafe at Any Speed. So much for that prize! Dad grumbled about the Corvair for four years before going back to a Ford.” (Thanks to Tom’s sister for providing the 1960 photo.)

You can read Tom’s article here: BernieHedstromArticle

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