The third class to be added to the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame in Washington, Mo., included four photojournalists with deep roots in Missouri. They were inducted on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007. A reception for the inductees and their families and friends will follow the ceremony.
This year's inductees are:
W. E. "Bill" GARRETT (1930 -)
During 10 years as editor of National Geographic Magazine, Bill Garrett led it to the highest circulation in its 102 years. He left the magazine in 1990 after writing and/or photographing 32 major articles from every continent except Antarctica and co-producing the television special "Alaska!," based on his adventures.
Born in Kansas City, Garrett earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. Working part-time for Hallmark Cards in the late 1940s, his photograph of a candle was the first photo ever to appear on a Hallmark Christmas Card.
He served two years as a Navy photographer during the Korean conflict, and he often taught at the annual Missouri Photojournalism Workshop.
Under his leadership, National Geographic and its staff won hundreds of awards, including the 1984 National Magazine Award for Excellence, considered magazines' Pulitzer Prize.
Garrett received distinguished service awards from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Syracuse University and the National Press Photographers Association. He was named Magazine Photographer of the Year in 1968 for his Vietnam War coverage. He served as president of La Ruta Maya Conservation Foundation, a project in the ancient Maya homelands of Central and South America. He received the Chevron Environmental Award in 1990.
Jack HACKETHORN (1911 - 2006)
Jack Hackethorn loved talking politics with family and friends and photographing just about anything. As a teen, he worked in the Columbia Daily Tribune's mailroom. With encouragement from an Associated Press reporter, he learned to use a camera.
A 1936 University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate, he was hired by Acme News Pictures in Washington, D.C. One of his first assignments was photographing President Franklin Roosevelt.
Hackethorn later worked for the Detroit Free Press and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His pictures appeared in thousands of publications around the world. One of his better-known photos was of President Harry Truman and Susie, the 1955 Missouri State Fair champion mule.
Mules were a theme in Hackethorn's life. In 1949, he bought Frances, the talking mule, for 0 from Frazier Farms in Drexel. Universal Studios flew Frances, at a cost of 0, to Hollywood for a screen test. Competing against eight mules from across the United States for the role, the Missouri mule was chosen for her appeal, great personality, long eyelashes and photogenic face, resulting in six "Francis, the Talking Mule" movies.
Donald O'Connor said he stopped making the movies when Frances began receiving more fan mail than he did. In the 1970s, Hackethorn served as superintendent of mules, draft horses and miniature mules at the Missouri State Fair.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II. During the Truman administration, he worked as executive secretary of the Missouri Democratic Party. Hackethorn was the Missouri Farmers Association director of public affairs for 30 years. In 1996, he received the University of Missouri Distinguished Alumni Award.
Wes LYLE (1934 -)
For more than 45 years, Wes Lyle has squinted into a little box, pushing the button at just the right moment. In darkrooms he developed his images by hand, coaxing out just the right amount of light and dark on paper.
As a photographer for The Kansas City Star and The Kansas City Times, Lyle bore witness to the dramas of the day, photographing the horrific and the mundane, the contrived and the unexpected. His work for the newspapers stands as some of the best, say his peers. Subjects of his photographs include Presidents Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy, Jack Benny, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Thomas Hart Benton and The Beatles.
A native of Topeka, Lyle and his family moved to Pensacola, Fla., where his father was stationed as a Navy photographer during World War II. Lyle's father later was a photojournalist for the Topeka Daily Capital, and Wes learned from him on assignment. Wes joined the Navy, then was hired as a United Press wire service photographer in Texas in 1956. After a few years he transferred to the Kansas City UP office. He left UP in 1963 for the Leavenworth Times, and finally joined the Kansas City dailies in 1965.
His photos began landing on the front page almost daily. He left The Star and The Times in 1977, and later worked for American City Business Journals.
Lyle's photos were published in two books. Today, he shoots the Kansas City skyline from his 11th floor apartment.
"Most days, I have to close the curtains to force myself to stop," he said.
Joe WOOD (1914 - 1996)
Joe Wood was an accomplished photographer for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and an accomplished violinist with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a championship boxer, too.
Born in Elvins, Mo., he worked at the Globe-Democrat during the era when newspapers were the major link between the public and the events occurring locally and around the world.
Wood photographed politics ‹ from local elections to presidential campaigns ‹ general news and major sporting events. He photographed such celebrities as Judy Garland, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and Dizzy Dean. He once played poker with President Harry Truman at the Jefferson Hotel in St. Louis.
In 1936, as a young Globe-Democrat photojournalist, Wood spent 10 hours with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was visiting St. Louis while on the campaign trail. Wood was among the press members with the President when he toured the Jefferson Riverfront Memorial, the site where three decades later the Arch was built.
Wood recalled the President walking with the aid of leg braces and arm crutches. In respect for the office, it was an unwritten rule among news photographers at the time to photograph the President only from the waist up, Wood said.
Wood served in the Marine Corps in World War II, and he was a boxing champion in the Marines.
In the 1940s, he became involved in a story that disputed Jesse James' killing in 1882. Wood researched and wrote a book about J. Frank Dalton, who died in 1951 just three weeks short of his 104th birthday. Dalton claimed to be the notorious Missouri outlaw.