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The YACC (Young Adult Conservation Corps) Narration by Don Messick

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Published on May 19, 2011

This is from a converted two projector slide show from 1980, done as a school project while I was attending Brooks Photography Institute for the Los Padres National Forest Park Service. Shot with Kodachrome film with a 35mm camera, I spent about a week with the YACC (Young Adult Youth Corps) on location near Santa Barbara, CA. Although renamed as the Youth Conservation Corps, the program is still in existence today and gives young people a way to work for the National Forest Service doing lots of jobs to maintain our parks.

One of the most interesting trivia aspects of this show is the narrator. On a billboard at school was a torn piece of paper with a phone number of a professional broadcaster who offered students free narration for their projects. No name was on the note, just a number. After calling the number and arranging a time to record the "voice over", I drove over to this person's home, in a very wealthy part of Santa Barbara. During my drive, his voice haunted me...I knew I had heard it somewhere! After pulling up to a well manicured mansion, I was greeted by this broadcaster, who took me into the recording studio inside his home. As he opened up the door, I was quickly reminded of where I had heard his voice...dozens of Hanna-Barbera cartoon sketches adorned the walls of his studio! This person who was about to do the narration for my project was also the voices of such cartoon classics as Dr. Quest, Astro, Boo Boo Bear, The Ranger, Scooby-Doo, Bamm-Bamm and many more characters that I had grown up with. He turned out to be great to work with and even finished my project with a conversation between Boo Boo Bear and Ranger Smith!

Don Messick's voice history: http://voicechasers.com/database/show...

YCC: http://www.nps.gov/gettinginvolved/yo...

Music from Mannheim Steamroller.

Copyright 2011-Mark Langford
www.MarkLangfordPhotography.Com

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