the mid 1970's having finished with my enlistment in the Navy I was reintroduced
to Ice Pigeons by Ellsworth Kistler. Thanks to imports and selective breeding
the quality of the Muffed Ice that I purchased from Ellsworth and a few
other fanciers I once again took up the challenge of breeding quality Ice.
A few years later I added 3 imported Clean Leg Ice, (one barless, two white
barred) to my loft. By using my muffed Ice I was producing Clean Legs that
were equal to or even better than my Muffed birds. At the NPA 1991 Milwaukee
Grand National I was presented with my Master Breeder Award for Ice Pigeons.
This was a great honor because I became the second recipient for this award
in the breed.
I started in
the hobby as a youngster and for reasons not really understood I still
raise pigeons. Among my first "purebred" pigeons was a pair of Ice Pigeons
that I purchased from Norman High in the early 1960's. In 1957 Norman was
the first person in the history of the NPA to be presented our organization's
Master Breeder Award in Ice Pigeons. I learned a lot about our hobby
from Norman and through him I was able to meet other "older and wiser"
fanciers who became my mentors.
few years ago I sold all of my Ice and became a fancier of Swallows and
Saxon Field Pigeons. (Please respect the artist's rights. The drawings
of the Saxon Field Pigeon and the drawing of the Swallow are Copyrighted
by Gary Romig, Jerome AZ. Permission Must be granted before downloading.)
Exhibiting pigeons I do some Judging as well.
Although my main
interest is raising and exhibiting Pigeons, I enjoy researching the history
af Rare Breeds. Over the years I've written articles that have appeared
in the American Pigeon Journal, the Pigeon Fancier, the Pigeon Debut and
NPA Master All Breeds Judge
NPA Master Archangel Judge
Certified American Archangel Association
Certified Rare Breeds Pigeon Club
Although I was a Hospital
Corpsman in the Navy I served in Vietnam as a Combat
Corpsman with Golf Company Second Battalon Twenty Sixth Marines in
Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 . My tour was in the "field" and I lived like
any Marine who was a member
of our rifle company.
Since my return home
I've participated in Fund Raising walks in order to raise money for the
Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.
(the Wall), the Maryland Vietnam Memorial and the Carrol County Vietnam
TO MY FELLOW NAM VETS