Former county resident publishes book of photos

Neighbors

December 29, 1997|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FORMER ANNE Arundel resident Michael Impellizzeri has moved from amateur shutterbug to professional photographer with the self-publication of his book, "Impressions of the Natural World: An Inspirational Journey."

The book contains 64 outdoor photos taken from Maryland to Yellowstone National Park.

Each is accompanied by a quotation.

"There's no political message except that we have a beautiful country out there," said Impellizzeri.

He lived in Anne Arundel for 25 years before he moved to Florida last year after retiring from the federal Department of Transportation.

Impellizzeri, 55, began snapping pictures as a hobby about 15 years ago, but got serious about it as his retirement approached.

"I wanted something to keep me busy, and I loved this," he said.

The book is dedicated to his 85-year-old mother, who lives in a nursing home in Fort Wayne, Ind., and feared she would die before the book was published.

"Of course, she's still with us," said Impellizzeri, who sent her the first copy of the book. "She just can't believe I did something like this."

He plans a book tour in the Baltimore area in February or March.

Information or to order an autographed copy: 941-505-1740.

Music conductor is finalist

Mark Allen McCoy, music director and conductor of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra in Annapolis, was the only American among six finalists for the Arturo Toscanini International Competition for Conductors in Parma, Italy.

The competition, convened every other year in conjunction with the Arturo Toscanini Foundation and the Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Emilia Romagna, is by invitation only.

McCoy also directs the Towson University Orchestra.

Senior games winner

Robert W. McNitt, 82, of Annapolis brought home the gold -- make that the golds, plural -- from St. George, Utah, where he competed in the 11th Huntsman World Senior Games in October.

He was one of 3,900 contestants from 28 countries. McNitt won gold medals in the 1500-meter race and the five-kilometer race-walk in the ages 80-to-84 category.

The weather was so bad the day of the 5K race that McNitt's only competition was a tent that was blown from its moorings at a nearby recreation area and tumbled alongside the track, outpacing him.

"That tent flew along the track," said McNitt. "It was kind of a wild day. The weather was very cold and very windy."

This was McNitt's first year competing in the Huntsman games.

He is a frequent participant in the Maryland Senior Olympics.

Pub Date: 12/29/97

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