Who is Ed Westcott?

A standing-room-only crowd of close to 200 people gathered in the Wildcat Den of the Midtown Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 20, to attend a 75th Anniversary Event to celebrate Ed Westcott’s 96th birthday. If you missed this, you missed a great event!

For photos see: https://ray-smith.smugmug.com/Ed-Westcotts-96th-Birthday/.

Featured was a 15-minute documentary film, “Ed Westcott — Photographer,” (you can view the documentary online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYvzw9f8M8A), as well as proclamations from the Tennessee Legislature presented by state Rep. John Ragan and from the city of Oak Ridge presented by Mayor Warren Gooch. The day was declared Ed Westcott Day in Oak Ridge!

There were 40 of Ed’s most recognized black-and-white photographs framed with classic black mats and black frames by the Appalachian Frameshop on display on tables covering two of the long walls of the Wildcat Den. For the two hours of the event, those photographs were constantly being viewed by people. Only when the documentary film ran did the viewing pause.

While it is apparent that Ed is an Oak Ridge icon and local celebrity who has national recognition, I was amazed at the number of people desiring to be photographed with Ed or just wanting to shake his hand.

Amazing also were the children who sought him out. He loves to be around children. You can see the delight in his expression and the gleam in his eye when kids are about him.

For more: See Oakridger News full article:  http://www.oakridger.com/news/20180201/historically-speaking-local-celebrity-celebrates-96-updates-on-amse-and-more

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