Quentin’s Elephant

By Marc Pâquette
Audience Development/Webmaster

I have received lots of wonderful feedback on my design for the 2013-2014 season brochure and the coordinated items that go with it, and I thank everyone who has commented about it. A few of you have discovered a somewhat surprising name hidden in the fine print of the brochure — the background photo is credited to our late co-founder and executive director, Quentin Easter.

Circus Photos by Quentin Easter

Until their deaths in 2010, Stanley Williams (our late co-founder and artistic director) and Quentin would always celebrate my birthday quite lavishly. Falling in the middle of the summer, my birthday provided an excuse for a big mid-summer excursion or event. Over the years, we celebrated at amusement parks, Broadway shows, and, in August 2009, the final year I spent my birthday with Stanley and Quentin, they took me to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. We had a fabulous time, and Quentin took many photos with his iPhone.

Nine months later, after Quentin passed away, Stanley gave me Quentin’s iPhone. Soon after, I realized I had all the photos from that magical night at the circus.


Now, Quentin was a wonderful man and the gentlest soul I’ve ever had the pleasure to spend time with. Everybody loved Quentin, and I do mean everybody. I must state, however, that photography was never his forte. Many of the images are blurred, and some so much so that they are utterly unrecognizable. One of those blurry photos resonated with me, and I kept coming back to it, thinking I could use it some day. Judging by the photos before and after it on the iPhone, it had to have been a photo of the elephants. I jokingly refer to the photo as “Quentin’s Elephant,” and have used it for the backgrounds of our season brochure, subscriber ID cards, and the parts of our Web site dealing with the 2013-2014 season.

Now that you know the story, I hope you all appreciate my design just a little bit more!

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2 Responses to Quentin’s Elephant

  1. Richard Ryan says:

    thanks for that wonderful story of quentin. sure brings back wonderful memories. and how nice that you were able to find something to use in his honor. even if he was a bad photographer.

  2. Nafeesa Ahmad-Bey says:

    Thank you Marc for sharing Quentin’s “gift” of I-phone photography and the history of your birthday celebrations with Stanley and Quentin. The one you chose to use is quite beautiful, colorful and, I think, can be interpreted to represent all hues of the LHT population of supporters. Stanley and Quentin have never left my heart or conscience. I remain grateful for the 25 years of working with them and of their friendship.
    Always, Nafeesa

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