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Catching the Shutter Bug

Fine-art photographer Clyde Bergstresser captures the world on film

For Clyde Bergstresser, photography is about the moment. It is about a click of a shutter capturing the symmetry of a landscape or the beauty of a people. It is about eliminating the distraction of color for the simplicity of a black-and-white image.   Bergstresser, a self-taught photographer, has been a voracious shooter ever since his wife gave him a Nikon camera more than 30 years ago. He set up a darkroom and has been producing top-level images ever since — his photos are regularly …

A Rockin’ Good Cause

Michael Allard-Madaus was stumped. Back in April 2001 the Worcester lawyer went looking for lawyers who played rock music, thinking it would be fun to start a band. But he couldn’t find any. So he took out an ad in the Worcester County Bar Association publication Legal Lines that read, “Be popular! Be cool! Wear Spandex! Earn no appreciable income! Be in a band!” The responses flowed in and The Annulments were born. Allard-Madaus, who practices real estate law and …

The Legend of the Hitler Mercedes

Jeffrey Swedo helps settle a piece of racing history

The story of Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow model W154 reads like fiction. The 1938 model’s immigration from World War IIera Germany to its current home in a Florida museum spans multiple continents and involves a cast of characters including soldiers, Nazis, smugglers, a Romanian weightlifter and Scotland Yard. It’s a fitting story for a vehicle worth an estimated $10 million.   “There are hardly any of them still in existence, and the interesting aspect of it is that most of those in …

A Jury of One’s Peers

Orange County’s Peer Court program gives juveniles a glimpse at justice

Teenagers. Paintball guns. Cars. It’s a recipe for mischief, certainly. Disaster, possibly. Jail time? Maybe. But a stop in Orange County’s Peer Court is sometimes all it takes to get kids in trouble back on the straight and narrow. Being judged by their peers rather than by a “grown-up” court can be a valuable experience for a young person, says Tiffanny Brosnan, an employment litigation attorney with Snell & Wilmer in Irvine and a volunteer and adviser to the program.   “They …

A Toast to Napa Valley

Richard Mendelson represents vineyards and grows them too

In the sunny heart of Napa Valley and the cool Santa Lucia Highlands, Richard Mendelson found his American Dream. Thus far, that dream has been good to him. From the wine country’s fertile soil he has nurtured a home-run vineyard and a thriving law career. As a graduate student in 1975 at Magdalen College, Oxford, Mendelson stepped into the school’s wine cellar, one of the largest in Europe. From that instant, wine became a passion. He has studied wine in London and later …

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