Unicycling and Clowning…

I entertained myself and others at college, from 1979-1983. Here, riding on a six-foot tall unicycle, in clown makeup, red nose, and a derby…

Rusty the Clown - at college - 1982

Rusty Clown – October 1982

 

Location: Plattsburgh State University College, a.k.a.: SUNY Plattsburgh, in way, way, way north upstate New York State.

– Russ

More early fascination with technology…

I used to love going to where my dad worked. Over 20 years, he moved from clerk to the personnel manager (HR). It was a factory, downtown in my hometown of Ossining, which manufactured medical and industrial devices and they had an electron microscope on premise! It was a technology feast-for-the-senses, for me.

Anyway, here’s a shot of me at 8 years old, wearing my recently purchased Camp Kresge sweatshirt, reaching out to touch technology, with great fascination:

Rusty Murray - Russ Murray - Technology

Rusty – 1969

 

That’s my dad and stepmother on the right, watching me about to touch something I shouldn’t…or maybe I was telling them something I thought about that mess of parts and wires…

– Russ

Early fascination with technology…

Back in the day, I made all my own Halloween costumes, usually with the help of my father, sometimes my brother, and later on, my stepmother. This one was my first foray into technology–as a robot–lovingly constructed out of tin (aluminum?) foil, a cardboard box and heavy paper. No doubt it was the shiniest costume in the neighborhood that All Hallow’s Eve…

Rusty Robot

Halloween 1966 (?)

 

Unsure of the photographer, whose shadow can be seen falling on my legs, feet, and the ground in front of my robotic self…most likely my dad, or brother…

– Russ