Me at the Cafe Paradiso in Haight-Ashbury, 1994
Photo by Evelyn Miller.
Mike Strong, ePortfolioPhotographer - Dancer - Journalist - Lecturer
Web Monkey - Technical Writer - Photo-Lab Technician
Teacher - Multi-Media guy - Proud ex-waiter and ex-bartender
Geodetic / Astronomic surveyor
5921 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64110
firstname.lastname@example.org (goes through SpamArrest - expect a click-to-authorize return email the first time)
Primary Web Sites
Resumes, examples of work, photos and videos: http://www.MikeStrongPhoto.com
Calendars and photos of dance in and around KC: http://www.kcdance.com
Experience links to PDFs
- Summary PDF about work experience - Four Interwoven Threads
- Imaging and Journalism Threads
- Computer Experience
- Condensed Hash List of CV items, Jobs, Shooting jobs, Tasks
To start with, I taught online courses, as an adjunct, at UMKC (PACE) from 2003 through summer 2017 when the PACE program was eliminated. The first time I worked for UMKC (1999-2000) it was a grant program in which I was a "web monkey" putting together online teaching software and courses for a then new BIT (Bachelor of Information Technology) program at what was then the CSTP (Computer Science and Telecommunications Program). The program ended at the close of 2000.
That led me to web-database work for a firm selling third-party Caterpillar parts for a couple of years to wholesalers across the globe.
I freelanced for many years as a photographer and videographer, usually for dance, events, recitals, concerts, dance companies and social dance - and a few other subjects such as a documentary, "Shaw 2004," looking at the Shaw district of Washington, D.C. 13 years after being labeled crime ridden in "Throw Away People" from PBS.
I have a website with calendars and pictures for dance in and around the general Kansas City area. I programmed the calendar so anyone with an event or regular classes can add their informatin. I also setup, shoot and edit a local dance interview television program ("Dance On", TWC cable 98-17) for my former tap teacher, Billie Mahoney.
These are the major occupiers of my life other than my partner, Nicole English, with whom I shared web monkey duties at CSTP, who I met at the KC Swing Dance Club and who recently earned her sociology PhD. Her dissertation was about communities of practice, focusing on dance communities. As web monkeys we wrote online teaching software for a bachelor of information program.
Short bullet list of CV items
- Programmer - starting in 1966
- Photographer - starting in 1967
- Reporter/writer - starting in 1967
- Air Force from November 1968 to 1972 - Staff Sergeant.
- Geodetic/Astronomic computer and surveyor - 1969-1972 (Air Force)
- Videographer - starting in the mid 1990's - film from 1968)
- Technical writer - starting in the mid 1980's
- AutoScript - 1989-1998
- Software manual for AutoScript - AutoCAD to PostScript program
- Beta-tester downloader web site for AutoScript
- Programmer for Windows version of AutoScript
- And a few others along the way: bartender, waiter, massage therapist, bartending school director
- Computer teacher starting in 1985 with AT&T classes in desktop publishing and database
- Taught dance automation from choreography at the conservatory (5 years, based on dance notation)
- Online course development
- Created online courseware for BIT (Bachelor of Informatin Technology) program (two year grant)
- Created online courses and taught them from 1999 (fifteen years)
- AA degree from Auburn CC in Auburn, NY in 1993
- BS in journalism 1991 at University of Kansas, Lawrence.
- Website journalist and open calendar for dance in the Kansas City area since 1996
Current projects and work:
- Documentary: Ballets of Antony Tudor (for the Tudor Foundation) as part of a Tudor curriculum for university dance depts.
- Documentary: Labanotation for the work of jazz dance pioneer Luigi in the 50's and 60's with the notator, Billie Mahoney, utilizing the notation system of Rudolf Laban
- Weekly 1/2-hour Interview program from the Kansas City Ballet's Bolender Center with Billie Mahoney on TV interviewing dancers, choreographers and others in the field of dance. I do the cameras and editing and followup and set the studio. This is Billie's program. She started it in 1981 in New York City and we re-started it in April 2011 at KCB location. The work is also then archived at the New York Library of the Arts in NYC's Lincoln Center.
- Teach online at PACE, UMKC's Program for Adult Continuing Education
- Photographer and videographer for various dance companies (freelance)
(Kansas City Ballet, American Youth Ballet, City in Motion, KC Friends of Alvin Ailey and the Ailey visiting companies, Traditional Music Society, ...)
- Online website for dance in the Kansas City area started in February 1997: http://www.kcdance.com
- Site with online lesson material at: http://www.mikestrongphoto.com/lessons/
- Also view a sample course, an introduction to computers and MS Office in particular here, at the navigational menu for the classes.
A Summary Statement from Mike Strong
I work in a variety of areas on the web and in person, as teacher, photographer, videographer, editor, and more. I don't fit easily into the online forms but I am wide open and have a number of very public web locations. I also do a good deal of work on my own and have for decades.
I began programming in the fall of 1966 on an IBM Systems 360 (mainframe). I was a bit clueless but a couple of years later I was setting up computer data for a Burroughs mainframe in the Air Force as a geodetic computer (one who computes) and a geodetic surveyor. The Burroughs fully occupied a room and had as much memory as my Commodore 64 about 15 years later. In the Air Force I also used a portable computer (Olivetti Programma 101) and programmed it in the field for geodetic computations (triangulations, levels, gravity measurements and more). This was top of the line surveying for mapping and earth measurement and navigation.
I was constantly on the move, stationed out of Cheyenne, Wyoming (F.E. Warren AFB) on TDY (temporary duty). We would head out as small teams anywhere in the world, for several weeks to months, then back to Cheyenne, a little down time and back out again. I loved it and always went for the courier job of being the person on the cargo planes who escorted our equipment on palettes. I went all over most of the US and Great Britain. Others were in SE Asia, Brasil, Seychelles, even Pitcairn Island. Some of our satellite work found its way into what are now GPS systems.
At the end of the 1970's I bought my first couple of computers, a Sinclair and a Radio Shack handheld. They were tiny but led to a Commodore 64 and the Commodore users group. That connection got me started with a horse racing program for the owner of a company in North KC and into a database program to setup catalogs export data into Xerox Ventura Publisher, for his restaurant products. That led to database usage in the early 1980's first as a meeting coordinator (for Mind Dynamics and Clinic Masters) starting with a 20-year anniversary convention.
The Mind Dynamics / Clinic Masters work combined desktop publishing with publicity, mailing lists and floor managing for convention meetings at hotels around the country. I even wrote a manual for a phone-calling machine we sold to doctors to troll for patients (you know, the kind of phone calling messages you hate). The database programming from there took me into inventory programming and into technical writing. This included using dBMan (a dBase-like program) and manuals for the company which made furniture for the restaurant industry. At the time I was also doing freelance photos and working (mid 1980's) for a company in Independece teaching AT&T classes in dBase and in Xerox Ventura Publisher.
The technical writing led in 1989 to writing a manual for the second edition of a program (AutoScript) which converted AutoCAD files into the PostScript graphics language for rending shaded drawings. This in turn led to my own installation as the programmer for the third re-write of AutoScript, this time for the Windows interface. Eventually, the efficiency of our program was eclipsed (in 1998) by larger machine memory and larger hard drives which powered around the need for a compact program. AutoScript was killed in September 1998, after an eleven year run (respectable for software lifetimes).
The web programming led to my job in the grant program starting up the BIT program at UMKC. I was one of the original "web monekys" on the program. While there I developed, with Nicole English, the IT-222 class as a live class but with an eye to online lessons, which the class became. It is still taught in the department, though not by me. When the grant finished at the end of 2000 my next berth was with American Crane in the Kansas City west bottoms (across the road and west of Kemper).
Database work at American Crane, in turn brought me back to UMKC a couple of years later (March 1, 2003) when PACE needed someone to setup a database training program using Microsoft Access (because it is so universal). I could bring the knowledge and experience of practical usage to the course.
I should also mention that my extensive work in publishing photos of the dance department and videography for the department as well as for Wylliams-Henry led to five years teaching Danceforms choreography software to the dance students. (It is no longer part of their technical requirement and was dropped along with the dance notation course which will see its last term in Fall 2014) The dance students, regardless of computer skills learned this program (a 3D animation program) because of two factors 1) they are extremely good at focus, a result of their dance discipline and 2) they know dance and can work out the animation frames using their own bodies. Still this was a "blended" class because the student's schedules are filled with rehearsals and shows where they could not attend all the (Friday afternoon) classes. So The class was structured essentially as an online class with intense in-person sessions to fill in knowledge needs.
I started in journalism with broadcast and with photography in the summer of 1967, learning on 4x5 Speed Graphics and moving to medium and miniature (as 35mm was considered then) cameras. This led to a reporting job with KTTT in Columbus, Nebraska before heading off to the Air Force in November of 1968.
In the Air Force I was handed a job (geodetic surveyor) requiring math and computers. Because we traveled my cameras went everywhere with me and when I got out I found a journalism job at WMBO/WRLX in Auburn, NY (upstate, the Fingerlakes). From there I moved over to nearby Genevea, NY and WGVA in a news job. That led to an area reporter job with the Geneva Times (a daily, now the Fingerlakes Times) covering mostly the south half of Seneca county. This was still the manual typewriter era with big shears and rubber cement (cut and paste). Here I really developed a written news style (different from a broadcast style) and utilized my cameras daily.
From there in 1976 I headed to Lawrence Kansas and the University of Kansas intending to finish out my degree in journalism. I got sidetracked, first into a bartending job, then into a job as head of the bartendering school I had trained in (1977). This lasted until I realized that they kept losing people across the country because they kept sending me to cover those losses. Finally, in Detroit, I quit and returned to Kansas City, where I had an apartment. Then I found jobs as bartenders and as waiters until I managed to find a photolab (Winkler) looking for a B&W department. The own had just died in a plane crash and Ray Cockrell, the lab tech, was re-starting it as Cockrell Photo Lab. I signed on as the B&W department bringing my equipment into the lab.
We survived on work from commercial photographers and for me, in particular, from Macy's catalogs, doing conversions from the color work to B&W for newspapers. This also allowed me to shoot on occasion. I moved to the meeting coordinator position just before Macy's sold off their KC ad agency and moved it to Atlanta at the end of 1983. Then I trained in massage, working for 2.5 years at the Kansas City Club. When I decided it was in a dead end I headed back to KU to finish my four-year degree (Jan 1991) deciding I needed to complete that rating.
It was a long time between starting and completing but it is also what gives me a good deal of tolerance when dealing with adults (or anyone) who've had a lot of life intervene for them. Had I this to do over again, I would have finished my degree in the 1970's, in one stretch. I recommend that if you can do it. Still, I remain willing to work with students who are taking longer than ivory-tower expectations because my own experiences are never far from my mind.
Photo CV pages with text stories (on this site)
- Starting out - in the summer of 1967
- In the Air Force 1968-72
- After the Air Force
- Newsroom - radio and newspaper
- The 1980's and Kansas City
- Experiential Perspectives
- Commercial Code
- AutoScript - See a 1990's product page for the software. It shows the program I was writing at that time.
- Batch Plotter for AutoCad. Written in Visual Basic, this program used AutoCad R-14 (or later) as an unseen object to plot drawing files
- Lust Buster - helping you avoid lust
- Tilly - 90 years committed but sane
- How the Big Boys Do It - Robert Kennedy 1968 campaign visit
- Lesson Page Examples
- Production class - Shooting Dance (or anything) is about "Subject Knowledge"
- Video class - Motion Perception and the persistence of error
- Dance Tech - Choreography animation assignment pages:
- Database Class (in Microsoft Access) - Creating Tables
- Sample online Class (full class) in Computer Basics
Below this point are links which are now
on the front page of MikeStrongPhoto.com
plus a few more links
Video Links on YouTube and Vimeo
Page of links to individual embedded-video pages. Each embedded video is on the internet so you need to be online to use this reference
Video Example Set
Just-Photos Gallery Pages (on this site) from the display list
- Early Photos - starting out from 1967 - I did these a few years ago and realized that I had a good eye from the start
- Portraits - from incidental to unusual to planned portraits
- Dance - large set of various dance photos distributed across several pages. A small fraction of the whole.
- Opera - I shoot the opera stories like a news story
- Dance On - photos from the TV show with Billie Mahoney
- City Life and Buildings - varied photos mostly in and around KC and NYC
- Tableaus - one of my favorite methods is to picture sets of people in an environment
- Weddings - just a handful, some of my friends
- Lessons - Illustrations of and for my online and blended classes at the UMKC and UMKC Conservatory (Dance Division)
- Others - photos which may not fit any of the categories just listed
A handful of books on the self-publishing site Blurb.com where a book format gives a nice format for portfolios or albums. You can order or look through each entire book using these links. Each is set to allow you to preview the full book online. There are a few more links at the bottom of the page.
- "Moving Songs" project by Stephanie Meyer, 56 pages: http://www.blurb.com/b/7131801-moving-songs
- "UMKC Dance Division Spring 2016 Dance Concert at The Folly" 90 pages: http://www.blurb.com/b/7084736-umkc-conservatory-dance-division-spring-2016-dance
- "Modern Night at the Folly" 238 pages, 10+2 years of dance: http://www.blurb.com/b/4076762-a-modern-night-at-the-folly
- "Is You Is?" 82 pages, Dave Stephens band: http://www.blurb.com/b/1557218-is-you-is-dave-stephens
- "From KC Dance" 148-pages of dance photos in KC http://www.blurb.com/b/1474021-from-kc-dance-com
For those of you looking at this page on a physical disk, the following PDF versions are provided for examination (on this disk only).
If you are on the web looking at this page the next set of links will just give you an error. Otherwise they will open in a new window or tab.
- Moving Songs: MovingSongs.pdf
- UMKC Dance Division Spring 2016 Concert: UMKCConservatoryDanceDivisionSpring2016DanceConcert.pdf
- A Modern Night at The Folly: AModernNightattheFolly.pdf
My Guide to Kansas City Social Dancing and some Performance dance.
Daily Dance Calendar (database generated), Photos and Venue information
- Where to learn: Good lessons at bargain rates. Private lessons (studios and individuals).
- Where to dance. Locations with descriptions of features dancers look for such as the floor, the crowd, music and more.
- Calender of current social-dance events.
- Free access to anyone to list their dance calender events just by registering
- Pictures of places of dancers and events.
Lessons in multi-media, streaming, video and database conducted online. You can enroll via PACE at UMKC.
A long list of jobs all the way back to my youth arranged from most recent to earliest, as best as I can manage that because some of these overlap and others come and go..