Louis Cerrato (Cover) moved to this area from Philadelphia with his wife and sons in 1977. From then until his retirement in 2010, he worked at Eglin Air Force Base in civil service as an engineer. “I initially worked on new air-launched weapon concepts,” he says. “One of those concepts came to fruition as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), and I was the Chief Engineer on that AF/Navy program for more than 15 years, seeing it through design, development, testing, deployment and combat use.”
Mr. Cerrato has always been interested in photography—as a kid, he was the chronicler of family events and vacations. “I had a darkroom as a teen which was built in a small area of the basement that was once a coal bin.” After retiring, he jumped back into photography with digital cameras and today’s equivalent of a darkroom, the computer.
Identified as a dreamer, romantic and creative genius by many, Jim Clark (“Sheer Heart Attack…A Night to Benefit Editor Manson”) holds a passion for technology and helping others any way he can. For over 27 years, he has been a creative director dedicated to seeing his clients succeed. As owner of the Clark & Company agency, Mr. Clark provides creative services, from business and marketing planning to comprehensive and integrated creative solutions.
Jim Clark has been honored with many awards, including the 2016 Jack Philipps Gold Medal, presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to advertising and furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and public service; the 1995 AAF Silver Medal for outstanding advertising achievement; and over 100 ADDYs (American Advertising Awards). He currently serves for the American Advertising Federation’s 4th District as Historian and was the founding president of the Emerald Coast Advertising Federation.
Discover more at www.iamjimclark.com.
Bill Herrin (“Sheer Heart Attack…A Night to Benefit Editor Manson”) has worked with newspapers, ad agencies, and companies of all sizes as a graphic designer, art director, creative director, copywriter, illustrator, artist and freelance cartoonist. He has lived on the Emerald Coast for two years, and finds the area to be a perfect fit for him and his wife. Bill also plays drums in a local cover band (Catalyst) that performs all over Beachcomberland.
Clay Jones (Cartoons) syndicates his cartoons daily to publications across the country. Clay was born in Fort Hood, Texas, and was raised in Louisiana, Illinois, California and Georgia. He currently lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His cartoons have recently been featured on CNN, and he was a finalist for the 2019 Herblock Prize.
Subscribe to the Claytoonz YouTube channel and watch Clay Jones create his masterpieces and demystify the whole cartooning thing.
Seagrove Beach resident Nikki Hedrick (“From Craigslist to Setlist…Redstone’s Gina Marini”) is a photographer and longtime Beachcomber contributor. She is the co-owner of 850 Music and Entertainment, and wears a few other hats, too. Nikki is currently up to her ears in beach wedding season.
Samantha Lambert (“One on One with UpBeat Music’s Dick Reinlie”) writes: “Three years now of living back in Florida, and it has been wonderful! Top faves about being back—having my family with me, beautiful beaches, clear blue/green Gulf of Mexico, laid back lifestyle, old friendships renewed and new ones made, fulfilling a dream of writing stories.”
- Restaurant Guide
- Vermouth – Out of the Liquor Closet and Into Your Glass
- Where to Spend Your Happy Hours in Beachcomberland
- Kite Film Fest Call for Submissions
- Local Film Screenings
- Review: “Stories” Falls Short on Grownup Scares
- Beachcomber Music Awards #11 Set for Monday, Aug. 26… Call in Sick Tuesday, Aug. 27!
- Live Music
- Remembering Hans McMinamin
- The Pauseandplay.com Record Roundup
- Culinary Arts Greenhouse Honors Kay Litke
- Pat Carlyle Scholarship Established for Children’s Advocacy Center
Hurricane Michael Over Six Months Later: Robert’s Story
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Wolf Preserve Commemorates Two Decades
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Remembering Hans McMinamin
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Art Classes & Workshops
ARTS AND DESIGN SOCIETY (ADSO) Classes at the Art Center, Fort Walton Beach. More info at artsdesignsociety.org. Mondays and Wednesdays. Clay and Pottery Open Studio, 9 AM-noon both days and 6:30-9 PM Mondays. Beginners...
August 15-28, 2019
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