Natl Book Festival 2004 -- Kevin O’Connor and Tom Silva:
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Description of Pictures: Kevin O’Connor enters his second season this year as host of "This Old House," "Ask This Old House" and "Inside This Old House." As a youngster, he and his brothers and sisters had various chores on job sites where his father was a civil engineer. Later, as an avid home enthusiast and lifelong "This Old House" fan, he and his wife sent an e-mail to "Ask this Old House" for help in renovating their Victorian fixer-upper. The segment resulted in his first screen test, and the rest is history. For his debut season on "This Old House", Mr. O'Connor was nominated for an "Outstanding Service Show Host" Emmy Award, and in addition to hosting all three shows, he serves on the editorial board of This Old House magazine. He lives with his wife, north of Boston, in the home they are in the midst of renovating.
Renovating houses since he was a child working alongside his dad and brother, Tom Silva today appears on "This Old House," "Ask This Old House," and "Inside This Old House." His family’s construction company, Silva Brothers Construction, made up of Tom, his brother, and nephew, built the original set for the WGBH-TV Boston production of "The Victory Garden" when they were then selected to be the general contractors for "This Old House." Now celebrating his 18th year during the 2004-05 season as a member of the "This Old House" home improvement team, Mr. Silva has provided years of expert advice as a general contractor to home enthusiasts across the country. He has contributed to several books, including Complete Remodeling (This Old House Books in conjunction with Sunset Books, 2004), and is on the editorial board of This Old House magazine. He lives with his family in a 19th century house he continues to renovate in a Boston suburb.
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2004 photos: Equipment this year: I bought two Fujifilm S7000 digital cameras. While they produced excellent images, I found all of the retractable-lens Fuji models had a disturbing tendency to get dust inside the lens. Dark blurs would show up on the images and the camera had to be sent back to the shop in order to get it fixed. I returned one of the cameras when the blurs showed up in the first month. I found myself buying extended warranties on cameras.
Trips this year: (1) Margot and I went off to Scotland for a few days, my first time overseas. (2) I went to Hawaii on business (such a deal!) and extended it, spending a week in Hawaii and another in California. (3) I went to Tennessee to man a booth and extended it to go to my third Fan Fair country music festival.
Number of photos taken this year: 110,000.
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