I’m just back from a vintage road trip that included a stop in Flagstaff, the I-40 trans desert drive to Anaheim, a week in Disneyland for the 2010 NMC Summer Conference, a return loop through Las Vegas– with the next highlight specifically a trip to St George Utah to visit a good friend and colleague, Carl Berger.
Carl is one of the true gems in our field, and I could wax on long on his accomplishments, but there is plenty of that on his emeritus profile at the University of Michigan or his page as an NMC Fellow.
I was lucky to have met Carl in 2002 when we brought him in to Maricopa for one of the Ocotillo Technology Visioning forums we ran back then– he was a friend and long time colleague of then Maricopa Vice Chancellor Ron Bleed.
The thing I was struck back then as much as now was Carl’s infectious enthusiasm not just for technology, but for using it for something that mattered to learning, especially on trying to get at, through a science approach, it’s effectiveness.
And every time I saw him after, he generously greeted and chatted with me, often we connected over his latest gadgets. But it was through our common interest in creative photography that we really bonded, and he’s been one of my most regular flickr commenters.
So when I saw on the calendar and map, that my travel this week could make a swing through his home in St George Utah where he retired (though hardly rests!), I asked if I could visit. There was no hesitation, and we enjoyed a great time hanging out this week, especially for our photography excursion to Zion National Park, which is just about in his back yard. His lovely home is decorated with exquisite and beautiful prints of his photos and watercolors, and he gave me a tour of his cast camera collection.
We geeked out over GPS apps and software, but always the teacher, he got me started with a lesson on how he does HDR photography, as done in the photo above, and now I am hooked on Photomatix software.
I feel honored to have Carl as a friend. Thanks for the visit– and he even dug me out a vintage 1995 NMC conference t-shirt when he hosted the 1995 conference at Michigan…