Comments Policy

Due to a significant increase in comment spam, this blog implemented a new comment policy effective mid September 2014; spam continued to accelerate through the remainder of the month, necessitating a stricter policy effective 1 October 2014.  The receipt of blog comment spam exceeding one per minute on average has necessitated the following:

  • Your first comment at A View to Hugh will not appear immediately upon hitting the submit button; it will, instead, be sent to a “Pending” file for approval by the blog owner.  After the blog owner approves your first comment, your subsequent submissions will post immediately.  The setting in the anti-spam software applies this rule uniformly, even to those who have commented prior to the implementation of this policy.
  • Comments with more than one link are immediately marked as spam by the anti-spam software.
  • All comments trapped by spam filter will be deleted without review—meaning that the blog owner will no longer review comments in the spam trap to look for legitimate comments marked as spam.  As a precaution, you may wish to save your comment as a text file on your own computer before submitting it to the blog.
    If you comment does not appear with a day (or after a weekend) you can then copy and paste your comment and resubmit.

4 thoughts on “Comments Policy”

  1. Just ran across the blog and not sure if the email below ever made it:
    2014 03 26 Note to Hugh Morton photo archivist
    Mr. Fletcher,
    I am looking forward to hearing you and seeing the Hugh Morton exhibit at WCU tomorrow. I’ve been asked to talk with a class in the afternoon and so should make it.
    While this is probably just a footnote to a footnote, it might be of some interest to you as a photographer and archivist.
    When WCU Director of Information Doug Reed and I helped organize the Public Relations Association of WNC in 1982, we wanted to establish some organizational credibility right away.
    Doug suggested Hugh Morton would be an excellent first speaker. Mr. Morton showed some stunning slides and told us how he used photography as a marketing tool for Grandfather Mountain. In those pre-computer days, he cleverly sent color separations to papers across the South, making it easier and cheaper for them to run a first-rate, full color photo from Grandfather Mountain.
    When I called him about speaking, I got a first glimpse of a subtle sense of humor. It went something like this: “Well, I don’t know. All the way to Asheville. I am an old man now and just don’t travel that much anymore.”
    He eventually allowed that he might make one more trip “down there” to help some young people learn about PR uses of photography.
    During his slide presentation, he reached a segment with colorful flowers and stopped.
    As he began rolling up his left sleeve (I think), he said something like, “I have moved from Kodachrome to Fujichrome for more saturated colors. But I want you to know I have no particular love for Japanese products, since my time in the Philippines when I acquired this.” We could see where his forearm had quite a visible gouge.
    He moved on, showing the same scenes, alternating between Kodachorme and Fujichrome, to make his point about different renderings of color.
    I had not heard of Hugh Morton until seeing his work at a Southern Short Course in News Photography session at Chapel Hill about 1972. I went with a contingent from the public affairs office at Camp Lejeune. It was quickly clear that he was easily the most highly regarded photographer at this meeting that included some guys from National Geographic.
    Fred Alexander
    district manager—Nantahala Area (retired)
    Duke Energy

    1. Strange . . . this comment popped into my “Pending Comments” even though the comment dates from more than two years ago. I did look into my email and found your 2014 email and my reply:

      What a terrific story! Have you seen this post on “A View to Hugh” that I wrote about Morton’s test color slide films?: Please consider adding your story as a comment to that post. I think it’s better than a footnote to a footnote. It’s also humorous that the “old man” lived a couple more decades, and then some.

      Please do say hello if this evening!

  2. I was at Yonanoka from 1969 to 1972 and the Tompkins were still there. However they were quite old. Mr. Sedulie (sp?) and Shepard (sp?) both from EHS ran the camp.

  3. I attended camp at at Yonanoka in the early 70’s. It is only now that I am realizing the the significance of this camp I attended for 2 summers as a boy. I remember that my counselors came to my local church Immanuel in Alexandria after that. Toy Savage and Gordon. Buzz Bryan was there with me. I think the camp closed soon after my last year.

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