|I'm Lester Latkowski
I'm a Writer
Writers write. Painters paint. Sculptors sculpt.
I am a writer because I enjoy crafting words into the most
effective message possible. It’s the selective taking from all 1
words and stringing them together in a way that is as
convincing as possible
that I enjoy.
I was an unaware writer most of my life. I was constantly
writing, whether in
my journal or as part of my jobs writing technical papers, or simply in always
having a new
around in my brain.
Yet, I never thought of myself as a writer.
I have bragging rights and I'm posting all my feedbacks in the
Although, I do have one negative feedback in the
that's OK, patriotism I'm not going to argue with. Besides, I look
as a learning tool.
Although this is not a complete list, below are some articles in
published in The Bugler but there are links to other articles
03/17/14 - I am waiting for the latest issue of The Bugler to
articles in PDF in this section so please come back in a few days.
Fall of 2013 featured an
article, a football
player who in
the late 1960's helped propelled the Morganton, NC Deaf school
football team to
the Skyline Championship. He was also recognized for his role in
setting up a
40th Anniversary Reunion with the same football team. A picture and
a brief about
the newly elected NCSD Museum Board members was also published.
Spring of 2013 included a poem
"House by the Side of the Road" recited by a
reverend at a memorial service for a dedicated friend of the North
for the Deaf. The Bugler's editor lost the copy of the poem given to
him at the
service and he asked me to search for it, to check on the copyright
issues and to
obtain permission, if needed.
Winter of 2012 - Conversations With series continues with
Donna McCord Smolik.
This interview had more of an 'impact' to the Deaf community. Her
McCord, the first "Conversation With" interview I published in both
web and print,
also a prominent deaf school historian who had just passed away. His
front page feature for this issue. Mrs. Smolik is very active in in
in bringing deaf people together by creating social circles, silent
dinners and is
currently in the process of reviving and reassembling a decades old
but a famous
deaf club in the area. Because of this, another article is in the
the history of this well known deaf association.
The second article is self explanatory, "Are
You Ready For An Emergency". This
details the use of current technologies to preserve important
printed photographs into digital formats and to have them ready in
case disaster strikes.
article in this issue was created to answer inquires
about the replacement of the large "monument" sign at Hoffmeyer Hall
that was replaced in
in 1975. History was researched, pictures retrieved and published on
a page layout.
And yes, there's more! A two page layout of pictures taken at the
Halloween event near Greensboro.
Fall of 2012 - In addition to the 2 page picture spread of the
annual summer picnic
at Lake Wheeler, in Raleigh, a "Factoid Chart" was published of the Deaf
population totals of
each state and Puerto Rico. The chart also included the
of the deaf
Winter of 2011 -
Article on Deaf Awareness Month and Week
which occurs annually
in September. This was a compilation to explain the reasoning of of
Fall of 2011 featured a two page spread of pictures taken
at a 4 Classes Reunion near Greensboro and a separate page of
pictures taken at a annual summer picnic
at Lake Wheeler, south of Raleigh.
- My best "Interview With:" series article
yet, I've had several comments and a standing ovation at
a meeting I attended and I've seen the magazine passed
around yet at another meeting.
I was in tears after reading her problems because it brought back
memories of our struggles regarding you, David, and Kim.....
Lester, thanks for asking Beth Fitts to join us .. I was in tears
read your article. I'm so happy that she's going to join us.. thanks
again, Lester.... have a great day! Louise
Click on the picture to download the article in pdf.
Spring 2011 -
Thank You Don Crump and Marilyn Williams (Part 2 of the Class
of '70 40th Reunion p6 - p8 below and p19 student
moon rock article. This issue
also featured my write up about the
NC Council for the Deaf and
Winter 2010 - Cover page featured photographs taken at the Central
NC School for
the Deaf Reunion event in Greensboro. Three articles; Class of
CNCSD Reunion article and more pictures, and Capital Deaf Social 2nd
Dingo event held near Greensboro. This issue officially recognized
me as a staff
Fall 2010 - First in a series about the history of the school
"In The Beginning: How
the Deaf School Got Started" was a compilation of of several
articles starting with the Governor Morehead School, North
Carolina's school for the blind, opened in 1845 as the North
Carolina Institution of the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind. This
same issue featured another first in a series of buildings built at
the deaf school in
Morganton, "Buildings Then and Now", showcasing pictures taken in
the late 1960s
and early 1970 and newer pictures of the buildings taken at the same
spot as the originals.
Spring 2010 - 3 page spread celebrating the 100th anniversary
of the Boy Scouts
"Reflections of Old Scouts". The article featured
conversations about our
scouting adventures during our school years with four other Scouts
as if we were
talking together on a coffee table.
The first of the series, "Interview
With:" was published on the
website as a sidebar to an article in the student magazine "The
about a building dedicated to Sam McCord's father. A few years later,
With:" article as well as the contents of the
webpage was published
in The Bugler's summer 2010 issue.
Many Thanks......You do a great service for the Bugler and
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 11:50 PM after
sending the first group of
C70 Reunion pictures...C70 Group Picture taking event
Lester, I have and still am impressed with your ability to gather
various pictures with identification. You also are very neat and
place things in
order not to mention a great knowledge and love for NCSD, ENCSD and
CNCSD. Your work is excellent. I want to add you to The Bugler staff
are interested. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
for your support. I believe you would be an excellent addition to
staff. Garrett Walker, Editor
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:26 AM after
sending the first of 3 groups of
pictures of the CNCSD Reunion.
This was received after inquiring what the
requirements, policy of The Bugler, etc.
Basically, what I would want you to do for The Bugler is
basically what you have
been doing. Like I mentioned it doesn't have to be for each issue.
have things of interest in regard to the three deaf schools in NC,
just run it by
me, pretty much like we have been doing, fact finding, articles of
the three schools, reunions, gathering information, new
What ever strikes your fancy and the readership interest would be a
to sum it up .........Garrett
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 12:53 PM