Gary Ricketts enjoyed a life-long career in television production and management. While at the ABC Television Network, one of the highlights of his career was covering the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, for which Gary received one of his three Emmys—for Outstanding Individual Achievement.
He received a second Emmy in 1989 for coverage of the Baseball Major League World Series in San Francisco, California. During the telecast of this World Series, a devastating 6.9 earthquake struck.
The third Emmy was awarded in 1990 for his participation in ABC Wide World of Sports—Kentucky Derby. A long shot, Unbridled, paid $23.60 on a $2.00 bet, among the highest in Kentucky Derby history.
In addition to thousands of ABC Sports telecasts during his career, Gary participated in covering the Presidential Inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush. Another high point in his career was covering the Philippine Revolution for ABC News in 1986.
Many of Gary’s photographs were taken during several trips to Europe—including England, Spain, Czech Republic, and Hungary.
While living in New York City, he took a variety of photographs around New York City—among them Central Park (including shots of Christo’s The Gates), Times Square and other spectacular shots from many different parts of the city. In his catalog is a collection of New York City pre-war buildings, showcasing the varied and rapidly disappearing fire escapes. New York City with its modern glass wall skyscrapers is a city of mirrors. Gary’s photographs of the city’s many reflections capture a view of the city rarely noticed by New Yorkers.
When Gary retired from the ABC Television Network, he and his wife Sally, relocated to Hoover, Alabama where he began to market his photography. In addition to individual sales, his photographs have been licensed for use in greeting cards and a museum exhibit. His book, A Photographic Exploration-Volume One, is currently included in the catalog of the Hoover Public Library.
Gary has been invited to several venues to give a presentation about his work—Capturing History through Photography.