Category Archives: Family

Memorial Meeting for R. Russell Gordon Gastil [1928 – 2012]

Gordon prepares to make THE catch

These photos are from the Memorial Meeting for Worship held at the San Diego Friends Center, San Diego, October 27, 2012. 
A legacy web site containing more photographs, memories from friends and colleagues and biography may be found at: That site will be active until Oct. 11, 2013 (longer it seems).

House Industries at The Henry Ford Museum

Entry to the House Industries exhibit

While in Michigan this summer I visited the House Industries exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum. Marvelous presentation of stunning visuals, a trip down a typographer’s memory lane and exploration of the creative process.

“Out-of-the-Box” is a phrase commonly used. But how do we incorporate that in our problem solving, designs and critical thinking? Is it just being weird? The House exhibit offers insights into their journey and perhaps nudge you along a richer path in your own.

I never created an alphabet nor did I do much hand lettering, but I sure love insights into those processes. Seeing a collection of fun or wild fonts often feels like shopping in a large store. Too many choices and not enough context. This exhibit give context to the process and the results. Excellent.

Traverse City & Long Lake 2017

Don & Kathy’s home on Long Lake

Skid, Kathy and I took a quick trip “up north” to visit cousin Don and Kathy this July. Their home is on Long Lake in Traverse City area.

Gallery is mostly from our boat ride around Long Lake and connected, Mickey Lake. Also some images of the home.

Don’s sister, Shelly and her grandson joined us for the afternoon. Good times with good people.

I Madonnari 2017

The 2017 featured artist at the base of the mission steps.

The 2017 I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival was held this past weekend. I was a participating artist in twenty-five of these events, but between knee and shoulder replacements I have retired…or transitioned to being part of the all-important audience. Camera in hand, I joined hundreds of others at the Santa Barbara Mission mid-day Saturday to catch the early stages of this marvelous event.

The Mission Santa Barbara, home of the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival.

My Aunt Sandi was in town for the first two days. Fun to share this tradition with her. The images below were taken Saturday and Sunday of this three-day festival. There will be another post of images taken early Monday evening when the artists had completed their magic. This festival has been held for thirty-one years. Make your plans to join us next year over the Memorial Day weekend


April 29, 2017 Ballroom Dance

Gastil and Tom ready for a slow waltz

On the first anniversary of the Gastil-Buhl 70th Birthday Dance Party, we attended the recently revived, monthly City Parks & Recreation 4th (or 5th) Saturday Ballroom Dance.

These Carrillo Ballroom dances are hosted by a rotation of popular dance instructors. April’s dance was hosted by the fabulous Kookie. She lead an hour-long Samba lesson followed by two hours of social dancing.  Kookie put together a play list of recorded music for waltz, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, quickstep, rumba, cha cha, swing (Lindy and West Coast), salsa and hustle.

Tom, Crosby and Lila. Honored to be with two special youngsters.

Besides dancers, a number of Tom’s  friends came by to share birthday wishes. We enjoyed a surprise visitor from Colorado, Lila Ferguson, Crosby’s dear friend since Montessori days.

I danced a bit (waltz and foxtrot), took lots of photos and smiled often. It was a great evening. Gastil’s teacher, Vasilly Golovin (Dance Fever Studios), attended as well as a number of other instructors and high-level dancers. The floor handled all of us, from beginners (me and my kind), through intermediate level and the brilliant, experienced dancers. 

Tom and Crosby doing a slow waltz at the legendary Carrillo Ballroom.

After the dance I went to La Arcada Bistro for a pint of Guinness and a sip (or two) of Willie Quinn’s favorite (value) Irish whiskey with long-time friends Larry and Betty.

A grand evening, appropriate to celebrate the first anniversary of my 70th birthday. A gallery of images is below.

Janet’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Gastil Family December 22, 2016
Gastil Family December 22, 2016

Friends and family gathered to celebrate Janet Gastil’s 80th birthday on the rainy evening of December 22, 2016.

Stories, music, food and friendships were shared. Many hands made the setup a party in itself.

Nan Couts Cottage, part of the La Mesa Community Recreation Center, was a perfect setting for the special occasion.

The smiling birthday girl.
The smiling birthday girl.

Over the years, Janet has performed and taught music, been active in politics, real estate and with Friends (Quakers) – all while raising a family. Children Garth, Gastil, George and John were with her on this evening.




Tom’s 70th Birthday Dance Party & Multi-Reunion – 1 of 2

Tom & Gastil celebrated the birthday and dear friends at Santa Barbara’s historic Carrillo Ballroom. We danced to the sounds of the Ventura Jazz Sextet plus vocalist, Donna Green. Stories from long ago and recent were shared, visited with friends that we do not see often enough and shared a bounty of pot luck delights.

Carrillo Recreation Center & Ballroom
Carrillo Recreation Center & Ballroom

We brought samples of Tom’s woodworking and mementos from the Graphic Arts Center days, when Tom Buhl Typographers served a wide range of clients and personalities.

A number of Range Animal (softball) players and supporters helped make the night special. It was a fabulous, whirlwind evening. Thanks to all who were there and those who checked in during that week. A special surprise was my brother, Skid, visiting from Michigan. Lucky birthday boy I was. Big smile all night long.

I owe a big shout of gratitude to Karen Derfer, Thomas Rollerson and Rod Lathim who took many of these photos to share. This is the first page of two.  Link to page two.