Editor Tom Graler asleep in the
yearbook office after an all nighter, 1967
Other than my father, the man who influenced me most was my
high school journalism teacher, Fred Marlo. He made me co-editor
of both the school paper and yearbook and pointed me toward
the University of Kentucky. At the time UK had no photography
program. I was paid $25 a week to begin it. I wasn't unhappy
there was no program. It meant I could learn by doing, and from
my freshman year onward I did most of the work there was to
do, together with my mentor Dick Ware, the resident professional.
Our work culminated in 1967 with the UK yearbook. I was editor
and principle photographer and determined to do something distinctive.
The result is a two volume, hard bound, slip cased yearbook.
The first volume was for photography. The second was for teams,
clubs and class portraits. Creating the books took everything
we had. I lived in the yearbook office for weeks at a time,
and attended no classes.The yearbook was my class. Making it
taught me about the risks of overindulgence, and the need for
But the year also provided what college was supposed to provide
- a lasting learning experience. It taught me to esteem the
making of books, and since then there hasn't been a time
when I haven't been working on one.