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My Austin Sun Photographs
See also The Party at the End of the Universe, 40-years later.
Copyright 1975 and 1976 by J R Compton.
All Rights Reserved.
Enjoy them here, but please do not reproduce these images without written permission from J R Compton.
Special thanks to Martha McKenzie and others for name and other corrections.
Ed Guinn Swing
Lorelei Bela Brown
Alternate Image of Meeting captioned below — Early October 1975
Staff Meeting: Dave Moriaty, Marty, Cyndy Webendorfer, Ed Guinn, Glen Riley, Michael Ventura (in back), Eric "Enrique Pasa" Rosenblum, Carlene Brady, Andy Poyner, Bill Bentley, Nightbyrd and Danny Schweers
Dan Hubig and Jeff Nightbyrd laughing in
Rhett Beard and Carlene Brady are in the chair to the right.
Early November 1975
Pensively Pondering: Cyndy Webendorfer, Ed Guinn, Bill Bentley and Marty McKenzie
Carlene Brady, Marty McKenzie and Michael Ventura
A Meeting: Dan Hubig, Andy Poynor, Michael Ventura and James BigBoy Medlin
Two Guys on a Porch: Andy Poynor and James BigBoy Medlin
See note below about Andy.
Carlene Brady at the Keyboard of the CompuGraphic Jr.
Danny Schweers working on the floor during Production. Marty McKenzie in the background
Dan Hubig and Andy Poynor dancing
Andy Poynor died of a rare form of cancer on September 3, 2009 in Joplin, Missourri. He had recently had the first-ever exhibition of his work. There's a page of work and information about his life and death on his DallasArtsRevue member page.
David Moriaty, Glen Riley and Ed Guinn
Smile 'n Sniff: Glen Riley and Eric "Enrique Pasa" Rosenblum
Typing a Story
Cartoonist Jim Franklin and Ad Sales Person Rhett Beard
Marty McKenzie gets a massage from Andy Poynor during Production.
Jeff Nightbyrd and Marty McKenzie
Up the Front Stairs
Unknown (I have another shot of her typesetting)
Jeff Nightbyrd Thinking
Production Room Floor
Dave Moriaty, Carlene Brady, Rhett Beard and Dan Hubig
Dan Hubig, Dean Rindy and Danny Schweers
The Great 6-Pack Motto Contest
Some of the entries included:
High over Austin
You Are My Sun Shine!
Suntimes a Great Motion
Get your Sun in the morning
And your daughter at night.
The Austin Sun — Roof to the Stars
In Austin the Sun never sets
The Sun never sets in Austin
The Sun Also Sets.
Let it shine on
The Sun goes on within you or without you.
Stacks of Suns
Reading the Paper
These are the best, but I have scads more negatives — around 500 total (although many are near duplicates) and a kludge of a film scanner. All but the top eight of these were scanned from smallish 2 x 3, 5 x 7 and a few 8 x 10-inch prints I made back then. Those eight are from my own film-scanning kludge.
I always thought I might to do a book someday — I still may, which is why I'm not abandoning my copyrights or allowing these photographs to be reproduced elsewhere without permission or payment. However, I did not and do not intend to have to write the thing, only illustrate it, so this not insubstantial effort may be it.
There may be more Sun shots here as I find time. The Ed Guinn and svelte Ken Featherston shots were big surprises. I'll probably also go back and redo some of these as I get the hang of black & white film scanning again and do more scans of the original 35mm film, which was much less grainy than the scans of small prints here.
Dan Hubig, Bill Hood and Danny Schweers helped identify people. Then Marty McKenzie corrected the corrections. I'd appreciate any other help with names or other pertinent information, like what those people did there. I remember briefly photographing Gilbert Shelton in the office sometime, but I didn't/don't know what he looked like, so I cannot I.D those photos yet (although I've gathered images of him from about then and may eventually track down that/those photos).
My latest email address is always on the Contact page. If you were one of the Sunshine Boys or Girls when I was there, I'd love to hear from you.
; J R Compton
Visit my Amateur Birder's Journal or my opus magnus DallasArtsRevue.
My summer Vacation in Glaciar Park, Montana elucidated by my and Anna's photographs, some of which are exquisite,
and my own personal site fulla pix.
And maybe someday I'll find my negatives from my Hooka and Dallas NOTES from the Underground days this would all be a forerunner for. The best the Sun ever let me do was write a story after my dear friend Ken Featherson was murdered. They weren't interested in my photographs and certainly not interested in my stories till then.
I was Editor/Publisher for NOTES/Hooka, and I probably have even more photos, just I didn't print them then or put them in a big yellow box like I did my Sun pix..
The Austin Sun Reunion Site.