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Ohio Film Music Video Challenge

The Ohio Film Office launched the Ohio Film Music Video Challenge on February 18th at http://Contest.DiscoverOhioFilm.com.

The contest is designed to support filmmakers throughout the state while partnering with Ohio educational institutions and musical acts. The production team has a 3 week period to
partner with a musical act, create a concept, shoot the video, edit the video, and post it to be judged (rated) on the official YouTube contest page at http://www.youtube.com/group/DiscoverOhioFilm.

Criteria:
● The criteria for the Ohio Film Music Video Challenge will be announced on Wednesday, February 18,
2009.
● The participating group/team must complete their music video and have it posted to the designated
YouTube site no later than March 11, 2009.
● Only works that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition.
● Judging of the posted video will be open to the public from March 12 – 18, 2009. The public will select
the 10 top videos by voting on (rating) them at http://www.youtube.com/group/DiscoverOhioFilm.
● Professionals in both music & film/video industries will judge the top 10 video from Marc 19 –25, 2009.
● The Winner will be announced in Cleveland at the House of Blues on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. The
team leader from the top 10 selected videos must be present to be eligible to win the challenge.


Updayton Summit

On April 18th young creatives will have a louder voice in our region. The Young Creatives Summit will offer young creative people like you a chance to make a difference in the future of our city – and the power to help transform Dayton into a better place to live, work and play.

The summit will feature a town hall type forum for you and your peers to air both your needs and concerns for the region. Dayton’s many stakeholders will be there – businesses, non-profits, universities and elected officials – so they can hear what you have to say. The summit will culminate in an action plan for the future of Dayton.

Click here for the tentative agenda

This is a crucial time in our region’s history and we have a unique opportunity to shape the future of the Miami Valley. For our action plan to get the attention it deserves, we need to show up in huge numbers on April 18th. Help us build a crowd – take the updayton Summit Challenge

  • Mark your calendar now – 4.18.09 – Summit registration will begin soon. Stay tuned.
  • Sign up to receive updates, and we’ll let you know when registration begins
  • Get involved with updayton: Email getinvolved@updayton.com


    Updayton’s Perspective & Pints

    Perspectives & Pints will meet Wed, March 11th from 6-8pm at the RTA Cultural Center, located at 40 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.  This third event in our P&P series (leading up to the Young Creatives Summit on 4/18) will focus on diversity issues in our city and what we want from our city leaders to help address those issues.

    Come share in the discussion and let your voice be heard, then join us for a pint (or 2!) of your favorite beverage and camaraderie of your fellow young creatives.


    Kids Film Series at Little Art Theatre

    The Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs is introducing a new free film series for the kids.

    “Saturday’s Picture Show” is aimed at children ages 3-12, and will be held twice a month at the Yellow Springs movie theater.

    Admission is free, though a $4 donation is suggested.

    The new series premieres on Saturday, Feb. 28, with a Red Carpet opening at 1 p.m. The kids are encouraged to put on their movie star finery and walk down a real Red Carpet, complete with paparazzi.

    The initial offering opens with a short film titled, “March On!” which honors the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The feature film is an animated movie from the Jim Henson Company, “Unstable Fables: Goldilocks & the 3 Bears Show.”

    Younger children, ages 3-7, should be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. “All of the films we will show have been endorsed by the Coalition for Quality Media for Children as part of their KIDS FIRST! Film Festival,” says Laura Carlson, Little Art Theatre Association programming committee chair.

    She says the organization states that all of its films must meet baseline acceptance criteria of “no gratuitous violence, no racial or cultural bias, no inappropriate sexual content, no replicable unsafe behavior, and no condescension towards children.”

    Most importantly, she adds, the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival selects films that are “new, innovative, and inspiring.”

    On March 14, the double-bill features a short animated music video, “Billy the Squid,” and a live-action feature film, “Beethoven’s Big Break.”

    Future dates are March 28 and April 11, show time is 1:30 p.m.

    The Little Art is located at 247 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs. Directions and more information are available at www.littleart.com


    Barack Obama, 1988; On Community Organizing and Inner City Outreach

    By Barack Obama
    (c) 1990 Illinois Issues, Springfield, Illinois

    Over the past five years, I’ve often had a difficult time explaining my profession to folks. Typical is a remark a public school administrative aide made to me one bleak January morning, while I waited to deliver some flyers to a group of confused and angry parents who had discovered the presence of asbestos in their school.

    “Listen, Obama,” she began. “You’re a bright young man, Obama. You went to college, didn’t you?”

    I nodded.

    “I just cannot understand why a bright young man like you would go to college, get that degree and become a community organizer.”

    “Why’s that?”

    ” ‘Cause the pay is low, the hours is long, and don’t nobody appreciate you.” She shook her head in puzzlement as she wandered back to attend to her duties.

    I’ve thought back on that conversation more than once during the time I’ve organized with the Developing Communities Project, based in Chicago’s far south side. Unfortunately, the answers that come to mind haven’t been as simple as her question. Probably the shortest one is this: It needs to be done, and not enough folks are doing it.

    The debate as to how black and other dispossessed people can forward their lot in America is not new. From W.E.B. DuBois to Booker T. Washington to Marcus Garvey to Malcolm X to Martin Luther King, this internal debate has raged between integration and nationalism, between accommodation and militancy, between sit-down strikes and boardroom negotiations. The lines between these strategies have never been simply drawn, and the most successful black leadership has recognized the need to bridge these seemingly divergent approaches. During the early years of the Civil Rights movement, many of these issues became submerged in the face of the clear oppression of segregation. The debate was no longer whether to protest, but how militant must that protest be to win full citizenship for blacks.

    Twenty years later, the tensions between strategies have reemerged, in part due to the recognition that for all the accomplishments of the 1960s, the majority of blacks continue to suffer from second-class citizenship. Related to this are the failures — real, perceived and fabricated — of the Great Society programs initiated by Lyndon Johnson. Facing these realities, at least three major strands of earlier movements are apparent.

    First, and most publicized, has been the surge of political empowerment around the country. Harold Washington and Jesse Jackson are but two striking examples of how the energy and passion of the Civil Rights movement have been channeled into bids for more traditional political power. Second, there has been a resurgence in attempts to foster economic development in the black community, whether through local entrepre­neurial efforts, increased hiring of black contractors and corporate managers, or Buy Black campaigns. Third, and perhaps least publicized, has been grass-roots community organizing, which builds on indigenous leadership and direct action.

    Proponents of electoral politics and economic development strategies can point to substantial accomplishments in the past 10 years. An increase in the number of black public officials offers at least the hope that government will be more responsive to inner-city constituents. Economic development programs can provide structural improvements and jobs to blighted communities.

    In my view, however, neither approach offers lasting hope of real change for the inner city unless undergirded by a systematic approach to community organization. This is because the issues of the inner city are more complex and deeply rooted than ever before. Blatant discrimination has been replaced by institutional racism; problems like teen pregnancy, gang involvement and drug abuse cannot be solved by money alone. At the same time, as Professor William Julius Wilson of the University of Chicago has pointed out, the inner city’s economy and its government support have declined, and middle-class blacks are leaving the neighbor­hoods they once helped to sustain.

    Neither electoral politics nor a strategy of economic self-help and internal development can by themselves respond to these new challenges. The election of Harold Washington in Chicago or of Richard Hatcher in Gary were not enough to bring jobs to inner-city neighborhoods or cut a 50 percent drop-out rate in the schools, although they did achieve an important symbolic effect. In fact, much-needed black achievement in prominent city positions has put us in the awkward position of administer­ing underfunded systems neither equipped nor eager to address the needs of the urban poor and being forced to compromise their interests to more powerful demands from other sectors.

    Self-help strategies show similar limitations. Although both laudable and necessary, they too often ignore the fact that without a stable community, a well-educated population, an adequate infrastructure and an informed and employed market, neither new nor well-established compa­nies will be willing to base themselves in the inner city and still compete in the international marketplace. Moreover, such approaches can and have become thinly veiled excuses for cutting back on social programs, which are anathema to a conservative agenda.

    In theory, community organizing provides a way to merge various strategies for neighborhood empowerment. Organizing begins with the premise that (1) the problems facing inner-city communities do not result from a lack of effective solutions, but from a lack of power to implement these solutions; (2) that the only way for communities to build long-term power is by organizing people and money around a common vision; and (3) that a viable organization can only be achieved if a broadly based indigenous leadership — and not one or two charismatic leaders — can knit together the diverse interests of their local institutions.

    This means bringing together churches, block clubs, parent groups and any other institutions in a given community to pay dues, hire organizers, conduct research, develop leadership, hold rallies and education cam­paigns, and begin drawing up plans on a whole range of issues — jobs, education, crime, etc. Once such a vehicle is formed, it holds the power to make politicians, agencies and corporations more responsive to commu­nity needs. Equally important, it enables people to break their crippling isolation from each other, to reshape their mutual values and expectations and rediscover the possibilities of acting collaboratively — the prerequi­sites of any successful self-help initiative.

    By using this approach, the Developing Communities Project and other organizations in Chicago’s inner city have achieved some impressive results. Schools have been made more accountable-Job training programs have been established; housing has been renovated and built; city services have been provided; parks have been refurbished; and crime and drug problems have been curtailed. Additionally, plain folk have been able to access the levers of power, and a sophisticated pool of local civic leadership has been developed.

    But organizing the black community faces enormous problems as well. One problem is the not entirely undeserved skepticism organizers face in many communities. To a large degree, Chicago was the birthplace of community organizing, and the urban landscape is littered with the skeletons of previous efforts. Many of the best-intentioned members of the community have bitter memories of such failures and are reluctant to muster up renewed faith in the process.

    A related problem involves the aforementioned exodus from the inner city of financial resources, institutions, role models and jobs. Even in areas that have not been completely devastated, most households now stay afloat with two incomes. Traditionally, community organizing has drawn support from women, who due to tradition and social discrimination had the time and the inclination to participate in what remains an essentially voluntary activity. Today the majority of women in the black community work full time, many are the sole parent, and all have to split themselves between work, raising children, running a household and maintaining some semblance of a personal life — all of which makes voluntary activities lower on the priority list. Additionally, the slow exodus of the black middle class into the suburbs means that people shop in one neighborhood, work in another, send their child to a school across town and go to church someplace other than the place where they live. Such geographical dispersion creates real problems in building a sense of investment and common purpose in any particular neighborhood.

    Finally community organizations and organizers are hampered by their own dogmas about the style and substance of organizing. Most still practice what Professor John McKnight of Northwestern University calls a “consumer advocacy” approach, with a focus on wrestling services and resources from the outside powers that be. Few are thinking of harnessing the internal productive capacities, both in terms of money and people, that already exist in communities.

    Our thinking about media and public relations is equally stunted when compared to the high-powered direct mail and video approaches success­fully used by conservative organizations like the Moral Majority. Most importantly, low salaries, the lack of quality training and ill-defined possibilities for advancement discourage the most talented young blacks from viewing organizing as a legitimate career option. As long as our best and brightest youth see more opportunity in climbing the corporate ladder-than in building the communities from which they came, organizing will remain decidedly handicapped.

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    Dayton Daily News says DaytonCREATE has traction

    If you looked behind the scenes last week, you could see that the DaytonCREATE initiative is getting traction.

    The initiative was launched last year with the help of economist and best-selling author Richard Florida. He urges communities that want to thrive economically to recruit and cultivate a “creative class” — artists, musicians, engineers and high-tech workers, all people who think and create for a living.

    A number of projects have grown out of the work of Dayton’s creative “catalysts.”

    For example:

    —Film Dayton, created to support and grow a regional film industry, will partner with HBO Films to premiere an award-winning documentary here about Dayton native Sister Dorothy Stang. “They Killed Sister Dorothy” examines the murder of the 73-year-old Catholic nun, who advocated for the poor of Brazil and was trying to preserve the rain forest there.

    —One of the public meetings on the Greater Dayton Downtown Plan took place at c{space, a 5,000-square-foot gathering spot at 20 N. Jefferson St. C{space grew out of the catalysts’ effort to promote street-level art, music and independent business downtown. A similar project in Providence, Rhode Island, is about 20 years old, and the fallout is credited with adding to that city’s vitality.

    Watch a 4-minute video of graffiti artists painting the interior of c{space, 20 N. Jefferson St.

    —Updayton, another of the DaytonCREATE groups, hosted a session at an Oregon District bar that drew about 50 young professionals. The group talked about the importance of entertainment and nightlife to attracting the “creative class.” This session was one of several “Pints and Perspective” gatherings the group is conducting in advance of its Young Creatives Summit on April 18.

    We have something important going on here.

    At the Oregon District session, the participants’ passion and interest were impressive. The meeting was informal and just barely moderated. But people grabbed the microphone and spoke candidly. And they weren’t intimidated by Dayton’s current economic problems or how hard it might be to make new things happen or to change things.

    Updayton’s survey of about 500 young professionals shows that most of them are satisfied living in Dayton, although only 30 percent say it is a “better than average” place for young people. Seventy percent say they are satisfied with their job, but they are worried about new job opportunities (something they also consider very important). And one worrisome trend, according to the research: many expect to move away from Dayton.

    It’s telling that the creative catalysts have gotten the attention of Gov. Ted Strickland; the state, not just Dayton, is trying to court young talent. The catalysts have invited him and other community leaders to their summit.

    And it’s also telling that leaders of the new downtown initiative have come to this group for input.

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    A review of Downtown Plan Public Forum @ c{space

    From the Feb 14th blog of  It’s Great ‘n Dayton:

    Last night 80-100 (I lost count) people gathered at c{space to provide their input into the Downtown Dayton Plan.  This post is a follow up to the one I posted on Tuesday February 10th. Here’s a snapshot of what the folks at c{space had to say (I wasn’t going to list ideas that are duplicates of the prior post but I think it’s important to see when something is mentioned more than once):

    • There needs to be more support for individual artists, especially young emerging ones. This includes space to do their work and show their work.
    • More public art (which could take a variety of forms)
    • A grocery store
    • Connectable spaces that make walking feel safe while at the same time creating a sense that lots of things are happening
    • Reuse of the Arcade
    • Reuse of empty office space – perhaps creating suites that visitors/travelers could use when in town for business
    • More amenities, people, business
    • Change of PERCEPTION that downtown is unsafe – challenge to the media to be partners in this because media is part of the problem
    • As downtown boundaries expand to encompass a wider ring around the city, make sure to consider that many surrounding neighborhoods have their own visions and plans
    • A dog park (which could lead to cafes, pet food store, pet grooming, etc.)
    • More color (mentioned several times) – including flags on building, more aesthetic street lighting, more neon highlights, more green space, more plants, more things that can be painted (highway underpasses, etc.), tree-lined streets with lights strung in the trees
    • Opportunities for legitimate graffiti (and quick cleanup of illegitimate)
    • Boards and locations for wheatpasting posters and promotional materials
    • Cheap space for young entrepreneurs to do their work, share ideas/resources, this includes artists
    • A sports-plex at the old site of the Parkside Homes
    • Cultural Change Campaign
    • Connecting beyond the boundaries (75, 35, rivers, etc) – so that those boundaries “go through” but don’t “divide”
    • Opportunities for families with children (housing and activities) – some people believe this won’t happen until the public schools change/improve but the point was made that with or without a change to the Dayton public schools parents need to be involved in their kids lives and living downtown is an option
    • Various housing interests  – affordability options (perhaps consider what someone in their 20s could pay and have various options even within the same building so that a person could move from unit to unit as their income changes), needs to include parking, some open space (perhaps patios or small gardens), under 200k, something that competes with a house in Belmont or Kettering (for example), programs to help homeowners, downpayment assistance
    • Downtown daycare facility or “family center”
    • Reach out to all demographics and remember that as excited as we all are for a successful downtown there are other residents who struggle in their own neighborhoods. Thus city leaders need have a vision for the entire city.
    • For people without garages – have a place – even a shared/common one that people can use to work on their own cars
    • Whatever initiatives move forward make sure to consider “green” alternatives
    • A plug was made for the Merc. They’re ready to move forward but still need a commercial tenant as the anchor.
    • Capitalize on views of the city (getting back to color and lighting that can be viewed from high points around the city.
    • Have more family-oriented restaurants downtown.
    • Could the Habitat for Humanity model of sweat equity be a way for people get affordable housing?
    • Hockey arena
    • Monument to women pioneers
    • Competition to create fountains that could be placed around the city, capitilizing on the fact that we sit on an aquifer.
    • New ways to get from East to West because there really is no direct way (particularly getting from Salem or Main street over to the east side)
    • Encouragement for not losing momentum
    • Investment – in business, amenities, infrastructure, retail, entertainment
    • Being cognizant and inclusive of diversity
    • Housing options that keep in mind the lifestyle of baby-boomers, how they’re down-sizing and what aspects of their lives they’re likely to stay involved in (socializing, gardening, etc.) and make sure multi-floor units have elevators
    • Carriage rides
    • Murals
    • Bike lockers
    • Better care of public art and amenities that already exist so we don’t look sloppy and careless. The example that was used was the poor condition of the “Flyover” on Main Street which has tiles falling off of it, dead plants, and chunks torn from the curb from being hit by cars/plows, etc.

    Just like the previous meeting the crowd was positive and full of energy. A final thought to leave you with is what one person said in the course of the meeting: We all need to personally invite people downtown. Whether it’s friends or family or people from church, if they’ve never been downtown we should bring them to a show, take them to a festival, ride with them on the bike trails, etc. Another point that was made was that many of the things being discussed are already happening other cities. People we’re trying attract to Dayton will not think these things are foreign. It’s actually local people we need to convert to think outside the box and to think BIG.

    A lot of good things can come from these ideas and this plan. I wish the committee well as it prioritizes, determines what’s realistic, and figures out how to pay for it all.

    There’s one more input session on Tuesday February 17th at Sinclair. For more info about it or to complete a survey online visit Downtown Dayton. You can also participate in discussions at Dayton Most Metro.


    Film Connections set for 7pm @ Think TV

    Host Steve Bognar will moderate an evening of show & tell, featuring BarbaraO-Independent filmmaker, actress and wholistic health expert.

    O’s acting career includes her portrayal of Yellow Mary in the independent film, Daughters of the Dust. She acted in Back Inside Herself, A Powerful Thing and Diary of an African Nun. She has had television roles in LaVerne and Shirley and Wonder Woman, and she co-starred with Muhammed Ali in the NBC mini-series, Freedom Road.

    The other Film Connections presenters for February will be a the trio of Aileen LeBlanc (filmmaker) and Michael & Sandy Bashaw (musicians), who will talk about and dissect their repeated collaborations.

    As always this is very informal, all are welcome and there is plenty of time for networking!  FIm Connections meets the last Tuesday of each month.


    updayton hosts ‘Perspectives and Pints’ in preparation for Young Creatives Summit

    Andy Williamson expressed Dayton’s potential, saying “we’re the hub” for attracting visitors from other cities; he hopes larger venues choose to book popular music performers to cash in on our central location.  Amy Forsthoefel wants to find a single source online for all events happening across the region.  Damion Smith believes he would spend more time downtown if options other than bars were open later than 6 PM.  Although they have different ideas, they all agree that the entertainment opportunities are a major factor in where they plan to settle down and become part of the community.

    On Tuesday, February 10, updayton gathered over 40 young professionals in the Oregon District to discuss concerns and to determine what they want for entertainment and nightlife options in the region.  Lead by Scott Murphy and Tokz Awoshakin, the focus group provided updayton further direction in planning the April 18th Young Creatives Summit.

    Tuesday’s ‘Perspectives and Pints’ was the second in a series of focus groups to determine what young creative professionals want from the Dayton region.  Participants shared many positive aspects of the Dayton area such as world-class arts and cultural opportunities, friendly and creative people, and the feeling of being part of an exciting and diverse city during Urban Nights.  Some challenges to the area include a lack of walk-ability, transportation concerns, and a need for more affordable arts experiences.  In addition to this focus on entertainment issues, other P&P topics for discussion include communities and neighborhoods (December) and diversity (scheduled for March 11).

    ‘Perspectives and Pints’ is a series building up to updayton’s Young Creatives Summit on April 18.  This summit will focus specifically on the needs of young creatives.  In the current climate of economic development and change for the region, the needs of this younger creative demographic are especially important.  The decisions confronting these professionals are some of the most difficult and important they will make in life – choosing a job, selecting a city, and continuing education among others.  Understanding what influences these choices is critical to plugging the brain drain that plagues our region.

    What is a “young creative”?  Young creatives are the next generation of the creative class.  They are engineers, poets, lawyers, computer programmers, scientists, artists and architects – anyone between 18-40 who creates for a living. Young creatives are vital to the economic success of a region and must have influence in regional plans for development.  Updayton invites all young creatives to join together and speak to business and civic leaders about directions for the region at the Young Creatives Summit on April 18, 2009.


    FilmDayton to work with HBO on “They Killed Sister Dorothy” screening

    HBO is working with several local organizations to put on a Dayton premiere of its new documentary about the slaying of Sister Dorothy Stang in the Brazilian rain forests — a politically charged, emotional case that has captivated people in the Miami Valley who know the Dayton native and followed her work in South America.

    Director Daniel Junge wanted his film, “They Killed Sister Dorothy,” to play in Dayton before it broadcasts on HBO in late March. It’s narrated by Martin Sheen.

    HBO is working with FilmDayton, a new organization promoting film culture and economic development, to present a premiere screening of the film at the Dayton Art Institute on March 19. HBO sent a three-person scouting team to Dayton Friday to take an advance look at venues and meet with FilmDayton representatives to work out plans.

    The screening will be free, but you’ll have to RSVP in advance by calling a special number at HBO in New York. Stay tuned on details about where to call to do that.

    The DAI auditorium holds 500, and expect a sellout crowd. A private VIP reception will be held before the evening screening, and a Q&A with director Junge and other members of the filmmaking team will occur right after.

    It should be a special night for the many people in Dayton who admired Sister Dorothy, and who have followed the harrowing twists and turns of her case as it’s gone through the Brazilian courts. Junge’s film has won a basketful of awards already, and is all by accounts a remarkable picture.

    We can’t wait to see it here.

    From Brain Droppings Blog on the DDN
    By Ron Rollins | Saturday, February 7, 2009, 08:15 AM


    c{space First Friday Potluck Dinner

    Step in from the cold during the First Friday art hop and enjoy some warm food and warm company at c{space. While you’re at it, see our extensive new ‘exhibit’ of graffiti art covering just about every wall in our 5000 square foot community creativity space. Bring something to share and $1. Refrigerator and microwaves available. Free parking behind the building.
    Friday, February 6th —space open from 5-10pm, dinner from 6:30-8pm.

    20 N Jefferson St in Downtown Dayton, 45402

    Questions? Contact Kate


    Entrepreneur’s firm creates facial recognition program for consumers

    It didn’t take David Gasper long to recognize the potential in facial recognition software.

    Spotting — and seizing — opportunity is part of being an entrepreneur on the ever-shifting information technology landscape, after all.  “I refer to myself as a serial software entrepreneur,” a smiling Gasper said.

    As Gasper explains it, his wife, Theresa, found herself collecting photos for a family collage. She had to search among 7,000 digital photos — not counting film-based shots.

    The task was enormous. That’s when inspiration struck for Gasper, president and owner of InitialPoint.

    An early step was finding facial recognition tools used by government for security and military applications. Gasper looked at licensing and acquiring the technology and building his own, consumer-based application that runs on PC desktops.

    PicsMatch finds faces through sample photos, Gasper said. Once the Windows-based tool has a sample face, it finds “matching” faces in other shots.

    “Education” is the key to helping people understand what PicsMatch does, said Tony Blankemeyer, InitialPoint’s vice president of sales.

    “Once you see it, you really catch on to it,” said Blankemeyer, 23, a recent marketing graduate of the University of Dayton.

    Already, several scrapbooking magazines have given PicsMatch favorable reviews, Blankemeyer said. And the Facebook potential is enormous, he believes. Accordingly, InitialPoint is crafting a labeling tool for Facebook users.

    “Facebook now is 150 million users,” Blankemeyer said. “People are uploading billions of photos online of their friends and family.”

    “A picture is worth a thousand words,” Gasper said as he launches a demonstration.

    He quickly finds shots of his daughter among 5,000 photos kept on his laptop computer. Then, he directs the tool to find photos of his daughter taken during the Christmas season. And he points the tool to find shots of himself with his daughter.

    Along with scrapbookers, other possible users of the software include photographers, archivists and historians.

    Gasper is not intimidated by the fact that Apple has recently unveiled a similar product.

    “We are looking forward to taking on the big boys of Apple,” he said.

    PicsMatch makes sense given Gasper’s background. Working on applications for consumers may be new for him, but not software creation.

    A Dayton native, Gasper graduated from Wright State University in 1978 with a business degree, landing his first job for NCR writing software for automatic teller machines. He stepped away from NCR to work for a couple of other companies, including Mead, before starting Gasper Corp., in 1983 at age 27. He sold Gasper Corp. to NCR in 1999. Gasper continues to be an NCR brand, directing service for NCR ATMs.

    “I do believe PicsMatch and similar ventures will be more of the future of Dayton,” Gasper said

    Featured in Sun, Feb 1, 2009’s Dayton Daily News by Thomas Gnau