Hank's Dashing Bondhu was born on December 10th, 2001. Coincidentally, that's the same day as my birthday...only I'm just a little bit older than Dash! He is, of course, the son of my famous Llewellin Setter, Henry Prince of Pause...known to his fans as Hank.
Both Hank and Dash are from the King Llewellin Kennels in Enola, Arkansas. Alfred and Drenda King are the owners and breeders. Dash arrived at our home when he was just seven weeks old, and I began his training the next day. My friend and director Bob Corley and I documented much of Dash's training throughout the late winter, spring, and summer so that you would be able to see at least some of the steps in Dash's development as a bird dog.
In this first season of Upland Days with Dash and Dez, you will see Dash begin his career at only nine months old...and end the first hunting season at eleven months old. Bob and I hope you will enjoy watching Dash as he learns his trade, and carries on his dad's legacy!
I'm not sure how much you want to know, but I'll fill you in on my professional background as well as some personal history. In high school I was a professional baseball prospect as a left-handed pitcher. I made all-state (in Oregon) my senior year and was all set to go to college and then to the pros. But, a funny thing happened on the way to professional baseball...I became a professional singer instead! That career move directed me toward television.
My first TV show was co-hosting a children's program with Ronald McDonald in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1966. I did that show for two years, then returned to Oregon to finish my college degree in Speech Communications. While in college at Portland State University, I began my second TV show in Portland, Oregon. I produced and hosted a 5 day a week, talk and variety show and sang with a 5 piece band. I did that show until after I got my degree, then left TV to go into business.
I co-founded and was the President of a marketing agency from the mid-1970's until 1982. During that time I developed and began teaching a business presentation skills program to corporate clients of the agency. I was having so much fun teaching that course, and was getting so busy with it, I sold my interest in the agency and began Young Communications in 1982. I have been providing business presentation skills training on a full time basis around the United States and overseas ever since.
When I developed the idea for Hunting With Hank in 1995, I produced a pilot episode, composed and recorded the music theme and lyrics, negotiated the first agreement with the Outdoor Life Network and began taping shows in 1996. Volume I (the first season) began airing in January of 1997.
I have been very fortunate in my life to have accomplished every professional goal or dream I have ever had. But none of those goals would mean a thing without someone to share them with. You've probably seen my wife Karenanne Swift on several editions of Hunting With Hank. She is truly my "life partner". She's beautiful, intelligent and a terrific step-mom to my two grown children, Glenn and Stacy. Without Karenanne's support and love I wouldn't have started Young Communications, and Hunting With Hank would never have been born.
Over the last few years Hank and I have accepted a number of invitations to make personal appearances at sporting events. Now Dash will be able to join us! Appearance fees are negotiable, but travel and lodging expenses must be paid by your organization.
If your organization is interested, please email me.
I seem to have somehow successfully managed my career in a way which has kept me out of an office environment. I moved to Oregon in 1975 out of college to begin a career as a forester for a major timber company. I had also always been interested in photography. So when a new communications tool, video, came out, I convinced the corporation to send me back to school in order to learn how to use it effectively, and in 1982, began producing logging and safety training videos for them. In 1986 I switched careers, going into video production work full time as a producer, director, cameraman, and editor for a large production house here in Portland. As clients came into the studio, they were assigned a producer to handle their project.
One day in 1988 I was introduced to a Mr. Dez Young, who was interested in creating a video for his corporate communications company. Little did we know what a profound impact that was to have on our lives! During the course of our working together on that project, the subject of hunting and fishing came up. I am an avid (well, ok, addicted) fly fisherman and had done a little bird hunting. Dez was kind enough to invite me out on a Pheasant hunt with his dog, Luke. We had a great time, and over the next few years there were many more bird hunting and fishing trips.
In 1990, I left the studio and formed Mirage Productions. I also became the chief cameraman for a nationally broadcast big game hunting show. This work took me to many remote locations in all kinds of conditions, and I learned a tremendous amount about producing hunting programs. In 1995 Dez approached me with an idea he had been playing with. He was interested in creating a bird hunting show centered around his new dog, Hank. Dez felt that with his creative writing and on-camera skills coupled with my production skills, the show would be a success.............I guess he was right!
I began my career as a videographer in 1986 after graduating from Jefferson Performing Arts High School in Portland, Oregon, as a television production major. For the first several years, I shot professional boxing, football, pro-wrestling, and basketball, as well as corporate and educational videos. My next move was to an internationally syndicated television fishing show as a production assistant. I spent the first year and a half shooting commercial and product shots in a dark studio for our sponsors. The long dark hours paid off, with the commercial production crew winning several national awards for our work. I was then assigned to the field crew where my additional duties included recording audio, taking notes for the director, and moving hundreds of pounds of equipment through the wilderness. After the director of the show saw that I was worth my salt I became the "B" field cameraman for the last two years with the show. Scenic and "fish-on" moments that I had been watching and learning about, were now in glorious black and white in my viewfinder.
In 1998 I was approached by Hunting With Hank's director, Bob Corley, and asked if I was interested in becoming the reserve "B" cameraman for the program. I jumped at the chance. The fishing show had ceased production several years before and I was back to doing corporate and some motion picture work. I shot several shows in Hank's third season, and with the retirement of David Bogan, I was assigned to the crew full time as the "B" cameraman. Branded affectionately by Dez Young as "The Kid", my youthfulness and ability to follow Dash through the open fields and woods of North America brings a balance to the three-man, one dog crew. Believe me when I say, a shot of Dash getting "birdie" and "going on point", is even better than a "fish-on".
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