What do you do when you are given boxes of photographs about the place you've been employed for many years? Write a book, of course! Retired now from a long career in many positions at the Oregon State Penitentiary, John Ritter did just that: Images of America: Oregon State Penitentiary, with co-author Diane Goeres-Gardner, by Arcadia Publishing. Professor Ritter--as he is known to his students at Corban University, Western Oregon University, and Linfield College--is quite the renaissance man, with multiple degrees from several institutions of higher education a personal history of varied exploits, and an interest in all things historic. He shared with us that he presents demonstrations on various aspects of fur-trapping and other "early settler" skills, leads "underground" tours of Salem, and has always enjoyed learning about the "active" (read seamy) side of life in the Willamette Valley area. This lifelong Salemite from an equally long-rooted Oregon family has access to research information from many sources and enjoys sharing his discoveries with others, both to inform and to stir the imagination.
John generously shares his knowledge in various venues. You can contact him about his book by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The book can be purchased at the Book Bin stores locally or online at Arcadia Publishing. For more information on his Salem history and underground tours, email him at email@example.com.