About Bob Kinney

email Bob – bob.kinney@gmail.com

Freelance – Writer & Publicist & Proofreader &
Photographer – https://bobkinney.wordpress.com/

About Me

Ever-seeking person … father … journalist … photographer … publicist … graphics person … enjoys a wide range of music and film …

Have photographed music shows from real country and rock to punk and blues since the early 1970s … happy to recall that I flunked my first college photojournalism course because I could not mount a print properly and … since then … folks have paid me to photograph and write.

Musician Photos online

I enjoy shooting a variety of music shows in Austin, a city I moved to in 1978 because I liked the music being played here — see third paragraph down.

Musicians who have posted my photos on their websites & my space sites include Miss Leslie and Her Juke Jointers, David Olney, Black Panda, Amber Digby, the Germs, Brennen Leigh, Krum Bums, the Continental Club, Millipede, Ginny’s Little Longhorn , the Exiles and – most recently – Cindy Cashdollar.

Service to Community of Austin and Beyond

Austin means so much to me. I believe in giving back to where I am.

Moved to Austin for the music scene in 1978 after being communications director at Denison University in central Ohio through most of the 70s. Listened to music from Austin in the early 1970s, watched each new episode of Austin City Limits every Sunday night on pbs television in my house on a farm where pregnant dairy cows lived, came to Austin in mid-summer 70s to visit Ruthie during summer school, went to my first Willie Picnic in Liberty Hill and moved here in fall 1978.  Worked at G&S, a type house before desktop publishing, for eight years and then did a range of communications work at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest from February 1986 to November 2009 when my job and eleven others were cut to help bolster the seminary’s economic health … as they said at the sad time.

Past president and 15-year member of the board of directors of Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin. Stepped down from board service in January 2010 due to term limits in co-op bylaws. Wheatsville surprised and honored me greatly when our store renovation was finished by naming one of the four new trees in the parking lot Bob’s Tree (it’s the tree closest to the store on the parking lot’s east side tree island). The citation read “Bob’s Tree.” Named on October 10th 2009 in honor of Bob Kinney’s Longtime Dedication to Wheatsville Food Co-op. May its branches shade the WV parking lot for generations to come.” You’re welcome to hug Bob’s Tree anytime you shop at Wheatsville!

Joined board of directors of Mary House Catholic Worker in Austin in December 2009. Dorothy Day, co-founder of the international Catholic Worker in the 1930s, has always been a hero of mine. Nice to be part of her official family now. Find out more about Mary House by going to the wordpress blog I created – link in the column at right of this page. I sadly resigned from the board of Mary House in November 2012 for ethical reasons.

Meals on Wheels driver for 20-plus years on same route. Miss Hale continues to live in her house on our delivery route since I first started driving.

Joined the national executive council of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship at the beginning of 2012. Have been working to increase awareness of this community of peace and writing press releases about what folks are doing on a local level – for example, Seminarians launch interfaith chaplaincy ministry to Occupy  Austin – and, Boycott Starbucks for allowing guns in their coffee shops. Alcohol and Guns don’t mix – Same true for Caffeine and Guns.

Listen to Bob

My journalism buddy Eileen Flynn (who used to write about religion for the Austin American-Statesman and now blogs at eileenflynn.wordpress.com) and I have known each other for about ten years. We both appeared on the Writing on the Air Program on KOOP fm radio August 4. We talked about writing and blogging with program host Francois Pointeau. Listen to the one-hour podcast at http://writingontheair.com/genres/non-fiction/bob-kinney-eileen-flynn/

Favorite Quotations:

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience but rather spiritual beings having a human experience. (a bumpersticker)

Every Chippewa is taught from birth that these seven basic qualities must guide us as individuals and tribal members: honesty, respect, generosity, kindness, fairness, sharing and spirituality. Only by keeping to this path can we meet our responsibilities to ourselves and to one another. (Twila Martin-Kekahbah, former chairperson, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)

I may keep this boy heart of mine … I am an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way. (Carl Sandburg)

More Wags … Less Barks (a bumpersticker)

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. (Oscar Wilde)

These are my principles; if you don’t like them, I have others. (Groucho Marx)

So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was. (Molly Ivins)

What is essential is invisible to the eye (Pierre de Chardin)

Alan Pogue describes the moment of great photography

I have known Alan Pogue, Austin’s top documentary photographer, since I came to town in 1978. Alan was recently inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame and deservedly so. In an article promoting the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, a Austin American-Statesman journalist wrote the following about Alan — “Austinites think of Alan Pogue as someone who records reality. Yet he also transforms that visual record into art. And, in an unfaltering way, into social justice. Working in black and white, Pogue is best known for covering social and political movements, culture and conflict, around the world: migrant workers, prison conditions and victims of violence in Texas, Cuba, Pakistan, Haiti and Iraq, among other places. ‘The art of photography is part intellectual and part instinctual,’ Pogue says. ‘I select what I choose to photograph for its social significance, but in the act of photographing, intellectual considerations subside, my sense of hearing is muted and I move in an emotional/visual environment, not thinking in words.'” As a writer and a photographer, these words mean much to me.
Read more about Alan and see his wonderful photos at documentaryphotographs.com

  1. Cynthia Coffey
    January 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Bob! I love your site… I feel inspired reading and looking at your work. Bravo!

  2. Leslie Gregory
    February 26, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Nice pictures, Bob. Whodda thunk it? In the Great State of Texas…but I forget, Austin doesn’t count!

    Our baby Alex graduated last May from the University of Kansas, in Music Education, receiving honors from her professional sorority (Only 3 honors in class of 100, other two academic….hers might have been, too, but don’t know for sure). She got a sweet job, teaching in Muleshoe, with two successful seasoned veterans. They got a 1 at Marching Contest, and she is taking an ensemble to State Competition, in May.

    I have ‘supplied’ in Dumas for last 3.5 years. Alan retired and is arranging music for bands…sold two pieces already.

    Keep up the good work. Blessings.

    Leslie Gregory

  3. Vicki Massy Palmer
    June 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Bob Kinney — My old boss at Denison, where we were both overqualified. After reading your post here, I now realize I knew nothing about you other than you possibly were as miserable at Denison as I was at the time. I spent my years at The Dispatch, married Bob Palmer, had three sons and left The Dispatch copy desk in ’85 after burning out. Bob’s company moved us to Florida in 1990. I worked for a community newspaper down here and ended up retiring from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, where I helped grateful deputies write their reports. Letha moved to Bradenton, Fla., in the mid-90s and I helped her search for a place. I tried to get her to move near me in Seminole, but she opted for a double-wide and lived among people who couldn’t hold a candle to her wit.

    I’m blessed with three granddaughters from my middle son and love my dog, Wilson, an English Mastiff. My cat Zoe, who looks like Sebastian the Cat (my best friend while I was in Granville), puts up with all of us from a distance.

    I’m happy to see you escaped from Denison and forged a pretty good life for yourself. I always wondered what you really wanted to be doing in the long run. Me….I’m still searching for a retirement hobby.

    Be in touch. Maybe now we can have a decent conversation since I’m not completely paralyzed with homesickness and boredom. I get home to Indiana as often as I can and always stop in to see my old friends — from high school AND college. I’d go back if I could but the husband won’t move, not even after I offered to move back to Ohio (that was big of me, I thought).

    Here’s my e-mail: Bloomvamp@hotmail.com

    Talk to you later……..Vicki Massy Palmer

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