It was uncharacteristically cloudy in Fountain Hills, AZ Wednesday. There wasn’t a lot of light in a place where it normally is evident in spades. The weather folks can give you a detailed reason for this odd happenstance. But the real reason is that a man who called himself the Chief Harvester of Light at Minard Nature Photography passed away. That’s how he defined himself on his LinkedIn page. That was his retirement job. LEE MINARD has left us. Nobody was kinder, more talented and a better person than Lee. He was one of the first people who introduced himself on my first job at WFAA TV. His low voice was steady and reassuring for a 21 year old who was in over her head; he told me everything was going to be all right. And it was. He treated everyone with kindness, even if he was delivering bad news. His legacy in TV marketing was not the excellent work…or the awards…or the titles. His legacy was the encouragement he shared with so many people, making them more creative and more wonderful humans. Lee headed up creative for such entities as WCBS, The Food Network, PAX TV, and a series of the best performing and best marketed stations across the country. He was an artist. Loved baseball. A semi-professional musician whose love of jazz made his eyes light up. He knew so much and shared all he knew. The world is darker and colder with his passing. His beloved family should be in your thoughts. There is nothing Well Dunne! about his death, except to say he lived his life in such a way that no doubt St. Peter met him at the pearly gates with a smiling, hugging “Well Dunne! Lee”. xoxo
Think About This: “You are not too old and it is not too late.” ~ R. M. Rilke
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