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"What are professionals, after all, save only paid amateurs?"

Thus ran the saying that one dedicated shutter-bug consistently adhered to. The fellow not only shared the fruit of his labor with anyone willing to stand still, but did so in grand style and maximum attention paid to theatrical presentation. Not infrequently he was forced to defend his status against those who equate "professional" with "superior."

At dinner one evening the photographer naturally brought a few pictures to show the hostess. Looking at the photos, the woman commented,

"These are very good! You must have a very good camera."

Making no immediate comment, the fellow held his tongue until he was leaving.

"That was a really delicious meal," said he, "You must have some very good pots ..."

----------------A Final Thought ...

"America has always been a country of amateurs where the professional, that is to say, the man who claims authority as a member of an elite which knows the law in some field or other, is an object of distrust and resentment."

- W. H. Auden (190773), Anglo-American poet