Dr. John McCarter is a geologist and professor with a ribald wit that is as sharp as it is bawdy. I met him and his poodle Sassy at a lecture and knew immediately that I had to photograph this distinguished gentleman. Indiana Jones doesn't have anything on Dr. John McCarter. He continues to travel the world as a scholar and teacher.
While he has been on Earth eighty-eight years, Dr. McCarter relates that he is only sixty-five years old. "I was given a new life over the North Pole in 1944. I should have died there." Dr. McCarter flew B-25C Mitchells with the 38th Bombardment Group in World War II. He is decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart among others.
I met Dr. McCarter at a Scottish Heritage Society meeting. He informed me the McCarter clan claims General Douglas MacArthur as their own. "Scots have won the lion's share of America's wars," he says. "It's in Scot blood. we will live free."
Dr. McCarter is my thirty-seventh stranger in the 100 Strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the flickr group page.
Awful overhead flourescent lighting. Nikon D200, 50mm.
The 100 Strangers website can be found at 100strangers.com/