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Chris Crawford I am pleased to announced a long time member has agreed to help and mentor others in photographic technique. As he has long done so, perhaps this forum is a bit overdue. Christopher Crawford has been a professional artist and photographer for 20 years, most of that time spent documenting life in northern Indiana with his photographs and the stories that he writes to accompany them. In addition, Chris also creates tutorials where he teaches photography techniques, film processing, digital editing, film scanning, and printing. Ask Chris your technical questions, or to critique your photos. You can see more of his tutorials at http://crawfordphotoschool.com

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An Update on My Son
Old 07-26-2018   #1
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An Update on My Son

As many of the longstanding members of RFF know, I have a 21 year old son, Mack, who came to live with me when he was 11 years old. His mother disappeared from his life completely a couple yrs later and he has had no relationship with her since.

We were so poor back then we could barely eat, and that year, 2008, a couple of RFF members, Back Alley and FrankS (they were both moderators back then) secretly took up a collection from RFF members so that I could get Mack something for Christmas. They surprised us with a huge amount of money; I think it was about $1200!

I used part of it to buy Mack a new laptop computer. He had never had a computer before, this was his first. That gift launched him toward a bright future.





Mack on the day after Christmas using his computer for the first time!


He is about to begin his fourth year as a Computer Science major at Purdue University. He received a full academic scholarship from Purdue when he graduated from high school, and has maintained a nearly perfect GPA.

In addition to that, Mack has gotten into doing 3D modeling of spaceships as a hobby. Earlier this year, he was hired by a team of professors and students at the University of Michigan who were working on a project for NASA creating experimental designs for ships to carry people to Mars and a surface habitat for them to live in. Mack took their designs and created graphic renderings for them to include in their presentation to NASA! He was paid quite well for them, too. He is now a professional artist!

Here are some of the renderings he did:


















You can read more about it on NASA's website

You can see more of Mack's work on his Deviant Art page
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Old 07-26-2018   #2
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Really nice work Mack, Thanks for sharing it with us Chris.

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Old 07-26-2018   #3
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Sweeeet... Wonderful to hear
Fantastic to see

You must be quite Proud Chris to have such a talented,
creative, hard working son.
Ever onward Mack !

The two of You are truly Blessed to have each other ...
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Old 07-26-2018   #4
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Go for it! The very best of luck to him!

With best regards,

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Old 07-26-2018   #5
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Wow!


I needed to hear something positive today. This is POSITIVE indeed!

Thanks Chris. Best to both of you.
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Old 07-26-2018   #6
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You did a good job of raising your son. Much to be proud of.

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Old 07-26-2018   #7
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This is one of the best stories (realities, really) that I have found on RFF. Many thanks for sharing, Chris.
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Old 07-26-2018   #8
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Great story, Chris. Thanks for sharing and continuing good fortune.

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Old 07-26-2018   #9
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Amazing story and work Chris. Thank you for sharing.

Best wishes

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Old 07-26-2018   #10
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That’s great Chris
Always a bright kid that Mack ... pleased for you both.
You done a good job of raising him
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Old 07-26-2018   #11
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That is just awesome Chris! You raised a great kid, you must be so proud of Mack.
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Old 07-26-2018   #12
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thanks for sharing, Chris. Wonderful news and fantastic work by Mack.
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Old 07-26-2018   #13
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Dear Chris,

Wonderful!

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Old 07-26-2018   #14
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Wonderful to see this.
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Wow Chris,

I am so happy for you and your son.

Indeed, this is one of the best and happiest stories ever shared on RFF.

Thank you for sharing.

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I'll go with what Ellison said above!
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Awesome!!!!
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Wow Chris,

I am so happy for you and your son.

Indeed, this is one of the best and happiest stories ever shared on RFF.

Thank you for sharing.

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That is inspiring news indeed!
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Old 07-26-2018   #20
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His work has made NASA's website?

The ISS went over tonight. I thought that was cool.

Having your work make the NASA website is so super cool that it makes Helium 2 look positively steamy. Bravo, Mack!

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Well done Chris and Mack! It will be very interesting to see what Mack ends up doing after he graduates from Purdue. There are many scholarships & fellowships available to graduate students and if he loves a particular field and wants to study more it's worthwhile looking for funding. If you only want an MSc you generally have to pay for graduate school. If you apply for a PhD place that's where the funds are.
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The kind of story I like to hear. Thanks for sharing.

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Way to go Mack!!!

Thank you for sharing Chris.
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Congratulations, and I am so glad Mack could get these opportunities.

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Well, that’s nice, congratulations to you both.
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Congrats! This is some positive energy.
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Wow! That kid must have a great father!


Congratulations to both of you.


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what a fantastic and touching story, really shows you how warming of a community RFF is
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One of my nephews starts at Purdue this year. I can only hope he applies himself like Mack did. If they can't teach you anything, no school can.


Congratulations to Mack, and to you too, Chris.


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The cream always rises to the top, doesn't it! Nice story!
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Great conversion of on-line forum life to something real and beneftable for all.
This world needs artists and researches. Nice to see how one of them came to it!
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This world needs artists and researches. Nice to see how one of them came to it!
Wonderful story, thanks for sharing it. ...and congratulations to Mack!
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Chris,
Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.
You are a great Dad and have raised a very talented son.
Excellent work Mack!
With great young people like Mack, I know our future is bright!
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You should be justly proud, Chris. Well done and congratulations to Mack.

What a wonderful outcome! Thank you for sharing, Chris.
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Chris this is a wonderful, inspiring story and it has made my day. All the best to you and Mack...Cheers, Alan
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amazing the impact we can have on those around us. thanks for the update and congrats to your son.
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Thanks for sharing Chris. Great story.

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Father Son bonds are special, and to see your son succeed does make it special. Well done to the both of you, and to more for the future.
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A wonderful story. I'm involved in university education, and it is truly a pleasure to work with students like your son. You clearly raised him well.
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