70 and Going Strong

Meet my father, Dr. Russell B. Grazier. I met up with him yesterday to make a photo he needed to promote a talk he'll be doing next month on health. He turned 70 this year and is in great - no - amazing shape. He and my mom started their chiropractic practice in 1968 and are still practicing today (in between their winter hikes). He cares more about people's health than anyone I have ever met. He introduced me to photography by making me carry all his gear to my siblings' marching band performances, and I hated every second of it - as any rebellious teenager will. But he always let me borrow his gear and go shoot whatever I wanted on my own. He grew up in the famous Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of the Bronx and is the son of a NYC fireman. To afford college he joined the army and was in the 101st Airborne. Being a chiropractor was always his first choice of profession. His second was to be a fighter pilot and when he went to see Top Gun in the movie theater for the 12th time in a row, the manager of the theater gave him and his guests free admission (Hey Dad, it comes out in imax 3D next month!). He put four kids through college and while he enjoys wearing a bad tie he can rock the boots and hat. He hates it when I call him "pops" saying it makes him feel old. So I try not to, but I will on the occasion. One of the most important quotes he ever said to me was "It should never hurt to ask, and if does the person is a jerk." But only he didn't use the word "jerk" :)  He also told me to always do what I love to do, and success will follow. Cheers dad!