I was never one of the lucky ones, who's paycheck over the years was written with generous numbers. I had guys working with me in radio who had to clean buildings, after their on air work just to feed their families. In those days, broadcasting didn't pay all that much. The funny thing was, that our listening public and for that matter people in our personal circle of friends and relatives thought that because we were considered celebrities, that we made big bucks. It was just not so. Anyway, I created that special image to support my personal business and promotional efforts and it did work very well for me. I was luckier than many because even though I was not one of the highly paid. I had a very marketable series of talents that I used very much to my advantage.
I was a writer, a photographer and a producer but most important I was an idea person. I don't think a person would be able to pull it off now but in those fun filled days for me I was able to trade ability for product. I had gotten to know a lot of people, relatively high up on the corporate promotional ladder of airlines, shipping companies, various travel industry big wigs and so on. It's a long story but suffice to say that "Big Jim's World" happened because of a very convenient and workable set of circumstances. All that was a lot of years ago before the entire foundation of my life became based on pain but it sure made for a great bank of treasured memories.
On this particular trip, I had been asked to do some photography in San Francisco and neighboring San Mateo. One of my places to shoot in San Mateo was a delightful combination zoo and fun fair. I asked if it would be possible to get any good animal shots nice and close up. They asked me what I thought of getting into a cage with five tiger cubs. To me the name cub means small and cute so I said why not. In one of the shots shown here you will see that there is one of these darling little guys taking a rather generous bite out of my behind. It is amazing how powerful these not so little guys really are. Ever since this photo shoot I have always wanted my own little tiger. Can you imagine when once it was full grown and unwanted company dropped in. All you would have to do is say "Simba Eat".
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