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Dan Heller's Retrspective on his Dad

"The Things I've Seen"

Bill Heller's Photography from 1950-1980.

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Bill Heller and His Son (me)
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My dad, Bill Heller, was born in 1927, just two years before the great stock market crash. "I had nothing to do with that!", he's fond of saying, sometimes to no one in particular. His creative mind and perspective on life manifested themselves in everything he did, even where creativity was not called for. When in the army, for example, his most noteworthy responsibility (when not on Kitchen Patrol), was writing citations for soldiers who got wounded or performed valiantly in the war (the Big One, dub-ya dub-ya two). Yet, because the acts these soldiers performed were mundane if not outright boring, he would "embellish" stories (often making up new ones), turning each soldier's performance into a courageous act of honor and valor. This made him extremely popular among the troops, who were then anxious to get into dangerous situations, such as digging latrines. A slip of a shovel, might, for some lucky soldier, earn him a Purple Heart and citation from Bill Heller, depicting daring attempts of disarming landmines deep behind enemy lines.

dad, personal, father, personal, photograph After serving his duty to our country, he decided to use his great creative gift of fiction to pursue a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. But, like most who graduate from the arts, he left college unemployed and confused, a state he's come to appreciate and even enjoy. However, his father wouldn't have it, so he put Bill to work in the family business, Canton Barrel and Bag, collecting debts owed by foriegn customers who couldn't speak English. His first assignment was Mexico, where he not only collected the debts, but also befriended the people, sometimes giving them citations for valiant acts. This led to his illustrious career selling barrels to wine companies around the world. He eventually ran the company without parental supervision, and for the next 35 years, he grew the business with vigor and enthusiasm (when he wasn't sleeping on the couch in his office).

Scenic Canton, Ohio
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In his personal life, he dutifully created a family and housed them at 4814 Gardendale in scenic Canton, Ohio. But this didn't stop his creative juices from flowing. For over 35 years, he traveled around the world, peddling his wooden wares and schlepping his trusty Pentax 1000 camera. From countries like Colombia, Haiti and Ecuador to France, Belgium, Austria and Australia, Bill Heller's face remained glued squarely in the eyepiece of his camera, focused on the people, culture and landscapes of the world... until they made him go home. Join me now, as I present the photos of Bill Heller, my dad.

Harbor at Castries, St. Lucia
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Danny (me), 1966(?)
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Two girls going to festival (France)
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Taxi Stand (Sevilla, Spain)
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Danny w/Guinea Pig (1970)
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French Horn Players (France)
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Man and Burro (Italy)
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Town Square (India)
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Old Cart (Spain)
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Loading Milk (Mexico)
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Kids on Beach (Santa Marta, Colombia)
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Communion (Spain)
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S. Fruttuoso, Italy
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Market Day (Latagunga, Ecuador)
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Indian Woman (Bolivia)
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City Water Center
Quezaltenango, Guatemala
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Watermelon Vendor
Istanbul, Turkey
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Ship Captain
Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
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Street Scene
Santiago de Campostella,Spain (1981)
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Boy Fishing (France)
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Citizens of Volendam (Holland)
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Town Center (Belgium)
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Dressed for Festival (France)
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Chaffing Wheat (Spain)
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Mother and Child
Highlands of Ecuador
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Selling Candied Apples
Mexico
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Boy with Cat
Colombia
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Kids on Beach (Santa Marta, Colombia)
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Canal Finish (Belgium)
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Streetsweeper (Spain, 1974)
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Preparing Food for Sale (Mexico)
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Kids at Home (Japan, 1959)
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Going to a Party (Trinidad)
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Going to Kindergarten (Southern France)
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Israeli Army (Israel, 1959)
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Girl Carrying Water (Mexico)
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Flamenco (Spain)
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Bondi Beach, Sydney (1981)
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Just Kids (Mississippi)
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Split Harbor (Yugoslavia)
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Haiti
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