Join Harry Marks for an in-depth discussion in this video Pebble Beach, part of Creative Inspirations: Harry Marks, Broadcast Designer.
Harry Marks: Well, this is Pine Meadows in Pebble Beach. It's a place that many people find unnerving because its so quiet, but it is paradise for me. I bought this house about 35 years ago, because I had a lunatic dream of early retirement, which never came to pass, but I held on to the house, never rented it. It was always here as an incredible detox place from the madness of broadcast, which is very stressful. It's a seven day, 24X7 thing and you can't have a black hole on the air, so you fill it.
To be able to come here and just chill out, seriously chill out, probably was a lifesaver. I mean it's just wonderful. I can't say enough about how it's reduced my stress level, how happy I am to be here, and I feel blessed, to be honest, that's how I feel. What I really would like to do and I've looked into it is I would love to teach.
I would like to teach older people and I would like to teach kids. I'm trying to get myself associated with the Boys & Girls Club of America. There are two big facilities here, and I would love to teach movie making. This is a pretty closed and quiet community. I have some very good friends and neighbors, kind of divided into two sections. One section is very civic minded and the other is totally photographically minded. I mean, this is a real haven for photographers, and I'm a bit of a photography groupie so I know quite a few photographers.
On the other side, I get to participate in the community a bit. I get to give back for all this pleasure. We have rotating art shows at the airport and I design stuff for them. I just do a lot of pro bono work. It keeps my Photoshop chops up, they're pleased, and it gives me something to do. It's great. Otherwise I don't know what I would be doing, knocking on doors saying, would you like a letterhead?, like I used to 50 years ago.