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An Intimate Tour of Montpelier with James and Dolley Madison

The Tour of Montpelier with James and Dolley Madison

Intro….

December 2018, my friend Dave and I visited Montpelier, the plantation home of James Madison in Orange County, Virginia. The trip was enjoyable, but at that time Montpelier allowed no photos of the interior of the mansion. This was very disappointing.

We returned to Montpelier in June of 2019 after finding out we could now photograph the inside of the home. By this time, I was well into my science fiction graphic novel project about Madison. This visit allowed me to capture some lovely interior background photos for my project.

This post focuses on the interior of Montpelier.  I’ve added a little extra flavor by adding James and Dolley with dialogue to some of the photos as if we had visited them. I Photoshopped “modernity” background items out of some of the images, i.e., security cameras, air vents, perimeter roping, etc. to make it look more like Madison’s time. Click on the “Before” image links to see the original photos.
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Visiting the Presidents, Part II – John Quincy Adams to Tyler too

The  Presidents of the United States of America….In Wax

Welcome to Part II of Visiting the Presidents.

We continue with John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin VanBuren, William Henry Harrison and John Tyler from Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.
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James Madison Becomes A Second Amendment Meme

James Madison Becomes a Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms Meme

Using some of the characters I’ve created with Photoshop, I have created a Second Amendment meme that has been used on social media.  Feel free to use this for non-commercial use regardless of your political bent.
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James Madison – UFO’s over Montpelier

President James Madison – There’s UFOs over Montpelier

“Everybody’s flying and never touch the sky
There’s UFO’s over New York and I ain’t too surprised
Nobody told me there’d be days like these” – John Lennon

Well, maybe not over New York Mr. Lennon but certainly aliens are visiting Montpelier, the plantation home of James Madison in Orange County, Virginia, USA.
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Visiting the Presidents – America’s Founding Fathers

The Founding Presidents of the United States of America….In Wax

I recently visited Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington, DC. I got the chance to scratch off another bucket list item. I love history, and I especially love the presidents.  An early recollection from childhood was looking through a set of my mother’s encyclopedias and seeing huge beautiful colorful portraits of the presidents wondering just who these men were. So the quest to learn about them began. I even started collecting presidents memorabilia during childhood.

I was excited about visiting the wax museum as it was the closest thing I would ever get to meeting the presidents.  Below are some of my thoughts and photos of that visit. Continue reading Visiting the Presidents – America’s Founding Fathers

Playing with Thomas Jefferson – The Battle between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

President Thomas Jefferson in Science Fiction – The battle between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

Everyone knows the five essential elements of a story are: characters,  setting,  plot,  conflict, and resolution. Well, today’s post is about one of the many “conflict” parts of my graphic novel. This is part II of Playing with James Madison – The Making of a Character where Thomas Jefferson appears a 2nd time as a character and is having a severe conflict with his old friend James Madison. Continue reading Playing with Thomas Jefferson – The Battle between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

Big Star Grocery Stores…A Blast From The Past

1981 Big Star Grocery Game Pieces

If you were living in the Danville, Virginia area during the 1970s and 1980’s you surely remember the Big Star grocery stores.  We shopped at the Big Star located in Ballou Park. The store is now a Food Lion.

Big Star Grocery Store
Source: groceteria.com

While digging through some of my grandmother’s old stuff, I came across some Big Star grocery game pieces from 1981. I was ten years old when I remember my grandmother getting some of these Instant Vegas pieces below. Continue reading Big Star Grocery Stores…A Blast From The Past

Playing with James Madison – The Making of a Character

President James Madison in science fiction

James Madison Fighting

As a hobby, I enjoy writing science fiction graphic novels. I create original plots and use many photographic images and paintings to produce illustrations. This love for science fiction, graphic novels, and history lead me to create a graphic novel in which the 4th president of the United States, James Madison and his wife Dolley Payne Madison travel to the distant future on another planet. The graphic novel itself is not published online; however, some of the images from that effort are posted here. The purpose of this post is to show what one can do with Adobe Photoshop and other imaging applications. They are transformative and for educational purposes only. Continue reading Playing with James Madison – The Making of a Character

A Trip Down Memory Lane with Roanoke Virginia’s K92 and David Lee Michaels

Remember the days of mixed tapes. I made my share of them that’s for sure.

I discovered a gem, a small little time capsule from the past. One day in July 1981 around 6 PM, I think, on a Saturday I pressed record and play on the tape deck and let it run. I recorded Roanoke Virginia’s K92 FM with Disc Jockey David Lee Michaels, station IDs, commercials music and all. K92 was one of my favorite stations back in the day.

I’m sharing this so everyone from Roanoke, Martinsville and Danville Virginia can take a trip down memory lane. Here is how radio used to be when I was ten years old. I shortened the songs to snippets for copyright. Enjoy!