My cousin Roger McLeod, who happens to share my father’s birthday, June 26, suffered a heart attack last week – apparently, by a different order of coincidence, around the time that I was snapping the photos above, during a M(a)cLeod cousins get-together, the second since my father’s passing.
Roger is a unique and uniquely talented individual. As his brother Martin put it recently, Roger doesn’t just sometimes follow a “different drummer”: He is a different drummer. He is also the eldest of the children of the five M(a)cLeod brothers (I’ll explain that spelling question some other day). The photos are of toys that he created from scrap for Martin 50-some years ago, when they were boys, and the toys represent, as you might expect, just a small fraction of Roger’s creative output. Martin reports that the bulldozer was his favorite… I’ve also included what I’ll call an “industrial Christmas tree ornament” that Roger made on a much later day.
As skilled and imaginative as Roger is, however, he has never quite been seized by the possibilities of digital technology. The purpose of this post is really just to show him, if he’s willing to look, when I visit him in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the hospital, the beginning of possibilities for promoting, exhibiting, explaining, and, when appropriate, selling his work – not that work like his can ever be fully appreciated without seeing it and getting your hands on it – preferably with his guidance and explanation, which we all hope will be facilitated not just by creating one or more web-sites for him, but by live exhibitions featuring the live Roger, after, we pray, successful heart surgery sometime very soon – or as soon as he gets tired of lying in the CICU and eager to start a new chapter in his and all of our lives.