For over 50 years Truth photographer Larry Tebo has attended all types of events with a camera and a job to do. Tebo retired Wednesday, Feb. 26. The countless photos from the 4-H County Fair, school events, spot news scenes and the whole range of high school athletic games adds up to a thorough visual history of Elkhart County.
That visual history includes photos of Senator Robert Kennedy in Elkhart just weeks prior to his assassination in California. A visit by President Lyndon Johnson as he toured the devastation following the Palm Sunday Tornadoes in Dunlap. A variety of famous entertainers who make a stop in Elkhart County each July during the county fair. But maybe more important than those high profile assignments are the countless photos of every day life in the county. Children performing at a school play, playing in a first little league game or graduating from high school. It is difficult to know how important the work Tebo has done over his career is until you happen to see a clipping of a photo positioned proudly on a fridge door in someone's home. That is often the best measure of our work.
A great deal of time for a photojournalist is spent at events that are recreational time for most folks attending. When you are having fun at that basketball game and you see a photojournalist looking a little stressed it's because he is working hard and facing a strict deadline.
When you are enjoying a delightful Christmas Day with your family a photojournalist is working a shift because a newspaper is a daily event.
Just as the photos Larry has taken are countless over his 50-plus years so are the missed family events, birthday parties, holiday gatherings, and an evening off for an anniversary.
So, now Larry can be sure to spend a little extra time with his family.
Enjoy, Larry and thanks for the history lesson.