Another line of work
David Sanders, the former Stephens Media columnist and AETN public affairs program host, found himself abruptly out of work recently when Stanley Reed of Marianna dropped a week-old campaign for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on account of health concerns. Sanders had been hired as Reed's campaign manager.
Sanders' political work may take a new direction. He says he's “getting a lot of encouragement” to run for the state House of Representatives and is “leaning” toward making the race. This is the seat covering parts of western Little Rock and Saline County now held by Rep. Dan Greenberg, who's running for state Senate.
John Parke has already announced as a Republican candidate for the seat. That's the nomination Sanders would seek. Three Democrats have said they'll make the race — Dusty Maxwell, Debbie Murphy and Scott Pace.
No dates have been announced but a recent article in Vanity Fair mentions that the Clinton Library will be on a three-year, nine-city national tour of an acclaimed show of photographs taken of a young Elvis Presley by photographer Al Wertheimer. A skinny Elvis is the star, of course, but so are the clothing, furnishings and other trappings of photos taken more than a half-century ago, when Elvis was 21.
The exhibit opens Jan. 8, Presley's birthday, in Los Angeles.
Elvis is still king. Graceland, his home in Memphis, still attracts more than 600,000 visitors annually and his estate earned $52 million in 2008, Vanity Fair noted.
Another big buy
John Rogers, the North Little Rock memorabilia dealer who won headlines for, among others, acquisition of a $1.6 million Honus Wagner baseball card, was in the news in Chicago shortly before Christmas for another big purchase. He bought the Sun-Times Media photo archives, with vintage photos from the Chicago Sun-Times and Daily News. He'll convert it all to digital images, which will remain the right of the Sun-Times to copy and sell. Rogers will be able to sell the photos and negatives themselves. It's a deal described as being worth millions in cash and services. He's already selling some of the photos — duplicate shots of Michael Jordan, for example — on eBay.
The deal is attended by some controversy. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, some would prefer that such archives (Rogers has also bought some significant archives from private photographers) be in control of public institutions that would treat them as historical resources. The fear is that shots of local significance might be lost in the effort to capitalize on celebrity shots.
“That's the biggest misconception,” Rogers told the Tribune. “Local interest does well for us. Let's say it's a [picture of a] downtown building in Chicago. Well, there are thousands of people whose parents and grandparents worked in that building. They have memories of being there as a child and they want that photo. Everybody assumes that Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle and John Kennedy are what sell. We do just as well with mundane images.
“What we've found out over the last 15 years is that … you can find Babe Ruth always. What you can't find are the mundane images. I scoured the Internet for images of North Little Rock, where I live, and if it's an original photo from the '40s and I want it for my archive, the truth is that rarely will you find it.”