Come to Beautiful Ruston: A Wonderful Place to Live

Come to Beautiful Ruston: A Wonderful Place to Live

by John Wood


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Come to Beautiful Ruston: A Wonderful Place to Live by John Wood

Come to Beautiful Ruston is a photographic essay about a college town in north central Louisiana. As a Louisiana Tech student from 1961 to 1965, the author worked as a photographer in the journalism department, and contributed photos to the Lagniappe yearbook, Tech Talk newspaper, Ruston Daily Leader newspaper and other publications.

This booklet was a one-off, a creative whim, filmed on a weekend after enlisting friends as models. After graduation the thin volume followed the author in moves from Louisiana to Texas, Massachusetts, California, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Massachusetts. The cover gained a scar from a hot coffee cup, and the pages were wrinkled, having survived a flooded basement. Most of the time the booklet stayed on a shelf, and was occasionally taken down and examined.

As the author got older, the photograph's captions seemed increasingly sophomoric, and downright cynical - the product of a bored student poking fun at a quite-nice college town. Then one day he realized the booklet was a half-century old, and that the photographs might be of interest. Surely Ruston had changed in fifty years. A few modern notes complement the photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692351598
Publisher: Come to Beautiful Ruston
Publication date: 12/19/2014
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

John Wood, seen in the opening and closing images, grew up in Southwestern Louisiana. His family moved to an oil refinery town after World War Two and he graduated from Sulphur High School in 1961. John attended Louisiana Tech from 1961 to 1965, graduating with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He worked summers at Texas Instruments in Dallas. John moved to Boston and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with a master's degree in electrical engineering in 1967. He spent much of his career in the management and leadership of high technology businesses, including roles as public company CEO. John now serves on corporate boards and lives with his wife in Concord, Massachusetts. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science in 1996.

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