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Richard Haas Murals in Homewood, Illinois

In addition to a unique and quaint downtown area, Homewood now boasts the largest collection of Richard Haas murals anywhere in the world. Haas, a world-renowned painter specializing in large, illusion murals, was first invited to Homewood in the early 1980’s. Since that time, Hass has finished 14 murals and is scheduled to complete his final mural in the fall of 2014.

The time-lapse video above captures the magic of one of his recent murals being created. “Homewood has a special place in my 35 years of doing public work,” said Haas. “This project has allowed me to expand my work in many ways. In Homewood, I was given the freedom to design and execute a new series of works that tells an even larger story, not only about Homewood’s history but about the region in general. Homewood now has the largest concentration of my works in one area and I hope people will discover and enjoy these works for a long time to come.” “Homewood is a great home for the arts,” said Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld. “We sought Richard out specifically for his realistic style as well as his artistic and history vision. Residents have given us very positive feedback about seeing the blank canvas of the side of a building become transformed into a work of art.”

These murals are very interesting.  I have viewed them and they really catch your attention.

"The Martian" Movie Review

I saw the movie "The Martian" last week and thought it was an excellent fictional story about an astronaut who is stranded on Mars after his fellow crew members thought he had been killed in a storm. I almost didn't go because it stars Matt Damon, who is an outspoken twit on various political issues. But in the end, the promise of a good story won out. Plus, I'm a sucker for good space or science fiction storylines.

After the show, I read a small article in the local paper about Andy Weir, who wrote the book on which the film is based. I was surprised to learn he grew up in Davis and is now a computer engineer in the Silicon Valley area. The story about how he came to write his novel was also interesting.

Weir is both a sci-fi fan and a scientific geek who was trying to write a scrupulously researched, technically accurate novel. He started publishing it, chapter by chapter, as web posts. As he progressed, he invited other scientists -- IT engineers, rocket scientists, exo-biologists, astronomers, etc. -- to comment and help him tweak the scientific details. It didn't hurt that NASA's Ames research center is based near Silicon Valley. His online following eventually grew and, as he completed the story, people began asking him to publish the full novel as an Amazon e-book.

Shortly after it was on Amazon, it jumped to near the top in unit sales for self-published e-books. That caught the attention of a literary agent, who within a couple of weeks got him a deal with a major publisher. In the same week he signed with the publisher, a Hollywood producer offered to buy the film rights.

Great personal success story, as well an an interesting space yarn.

My stepson saw the movie two nights ago and rated it as one of the best space movies he's seen -- right up there with the dramatization of the Apollo 13 mission starring Tom Hanks.

-Don Martensen MPHS Jan 66

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Tom and Karen Schildhouse Vacation in Australia

Our Castle

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