July 23, 1939

July 23, 2011

Seventy-two years ago today, a baby was born in a home in Banner, IL.  The young baby, raised by two remarkable parents and a number of amazing relatives, grew up to become a very talented person with both a broad range of abilities and flaws.

He was a slight boy in frame, but large in passion for the natural world and the creatures that inhabit this world.  After birth, his family moved to Monterey, IL and the grown man would later re-tell the stories of growing up in an idyllic place many today do not know of.

Let there be no doubt, this man was able to live a life quite suited to him because of the support of too many to mention and in a variety of generous ways.  He also benefited from good luck and being in the right places at the right times.  His talents and the promise others saw in his talents most likely also brought this man leeway for behavior others were not so fond of.

There is also no doubt, this man, because of his love and passion of nature, bore scars upon his spirit over Man’s constant destructive assault upon the natural world and the creatures that struggle every day to co-exist with such an uncaring species.

On June 3, 2009, this man, Monte J Ellis, the boy in between the two parents in the above photograph, passed away in the same bed he was brought forth on.  He would have been 72 today.

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