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So we got the nicest Post Comment EVER this morning from Mr. Lee McCourry. It’s so touching that we had to republish it as it’s own post. Lee writes:

I was searching for a job in the San Francisco area in the 1960’s…..After being turned down at various Landscape Architect’s offices, I returned to one of them operated by John Sue, Landscape Architect. (of S.F. and Honolulu) He said to me ‘I’m sorry, but we don’t have any openings at this time. My spirits dropped. As I walked out of his office, he asked me why I was limping.? I thought if i told him the truth, he would never see me again. I took a breath, and told him the truth, ‘that I had an artificial leg’. He looked at me, did a double take, and without batting an eye said to me ‘can you start Monday morning at 8 a.m.? My spirits went through the roof. To give you an idea how I felt, you can watch this dog running around to the music of Hawaii Five O.

Hope you enjoy the video. [Book’em Doggo]

~ Lee McCourry

A bit of online stalking reveals that Lee went on to found an Oregon-based company called Muralvision Studios, a film production and in-room hospital channel that features natural beauty scenes to heal by. I scraped this off the muralvision.com website:

…Lee has over 30 years experience as a professional nature photographer. His exceptional camera work has been seen all over the world.

Lee has traveled extensively as a cinematographer in North America, and to Europe, Asia, China, the South Pacific, Indonesia, Bali, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Java, Borneo, and dozens of other countries. Lee is also an artist and musician. He has had his own band of musicians that have performed in many venues. He is accomplished on trumpet, keyboard, and string bass.

Lee studied music, art, and history as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon. His graduate work was in Architecture, and Landscape Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley, California, which led to the publication of his first book: Television, The Invisible Environment. Lee did additional graduate work in Cinema, Life Sciences, and Environmental Design while working for five years in the graduate center of Environmental Design at the University of Wisconsin.

Thanks for the wonderful story Lee. We appreciate your sharing. As you may know, John and two of his kids, Steve and Linda now reside in Honolulu where the warm air is good for all of our aging bones.

If ever in Honolulu, be sure to look us up. Aloha!

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