Remembering 60 years of Talon Marks

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The Talon Marks Newspaper celebrated its 60th anniversary on Saturday, April 8.

The newspaper has recorded now over 60 years of Cerritos College history, and has had 60 years of influencing the lives of the students in its staff.

During the event Journalism Advisor Richard Cameron made a speech recalling the progress in technology throughout his 20 years as advisor for the journalism program at Cerritos College. From using paper templates and driving them to the printers at 1 a.m. in the morning to the first time computers were installed in the classroom.

Also in attendance was Cerritos College Sports Information Director John Van Gaston.

Gaston is not only a Cerritos College alumni he was also part of the Talon Marks Newspaper staff in the late 1980’s.

He remembers a time when the campus had a Student Center full of students cheering for the Mr. Cerritos Contest.

“There was more student involvement back then […] students stayed on campus and participated in [events].”

Also in attendance was Alumni Eric Draper, official photographer of former U.S. President George W. Bush who was also part of the Talon Marks staff in the late 1980’s.

Gaston and Draper spent the evening recalling their days as students and catching up on life after graduating.

Draper’s work was on newspapers during his time working for the AP Press and also during his time working with the Bush administration.

His website also features a collection of his work.

In an interview for Petapixel Draper recalled how he became the Bush Administration photographer.

“My road to the White House started without me realizing it. As a staff photographer for the Associated Press, I was assigned full time to cover Texas Governor George W. Bush, who had just announced he was running for President.

Becoming the White House photographer was never a plan or an idea until after the election in November of 2000. The Florida recount gave me the opportunity you to pursue the position. During that time, I learned that no one had been selected and I saw a golden opportunity to step up and ask.

That’s what I did at a Christmas party in Austin, Texas. Governor Bush had just become President-Elect Bush and the timing was perfect. I said to him, “I want to be your personal photographer.”

That was the longest handshake in the world. A week later I was back in Austin for my interview with Chief of Staff Andy Card.”

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