SFBAPPA’s oldest Life Member Les Thomsen

One of the last newsreel photographers has died. SFBAPPA's oldest Life Member Les Thomsen passed away on November 8, 2010just two days before his 70th wedding anniversary. He was 97.
One of the last newsreel photographers has died. SFBAPPA’s oldest Life Member Les Thomsen passed away on November 8, 2010 just two days before his 70th wedding anniversary. He was 97.

In the ’50s he became a newsreel cinematographer for Paramount Pictures. Since then he worked for Hearst Metrotone News, Movietone News, USIA, NBC, & CBS. In addition to filming seven U.S. presidents, he also filmed many historic events beginning with the 1939 World’s Fair and including the 1960 Winter Olympics. Sporting events included Rose Bowls, World Series, and world record setting track events. His favorite job was being a cinematographer for Walt Disney, filming the opening ceremonies of Disneyland in 1955 and many Mickey Mouse Club newsreel stories. Les traveled the world, filming in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Continue reading “SFBAPPA’s oldest Life Member Les Thomsen”