Alan’s Page

On this page I will be placing some of my favorite videos that I have taken over the years, as well as some of my favorite photos. All of the items on this page and connecting pages have been taken by Alan or Ruth Marvel unless otherwise noted.


Young Author’s Competition – 1992 in Lubbock, Texas

Guest Speaker Author Ray Bradbury. He told himself at a young age – “You have got to believe in the future …”

This video and photos from 1992 were taken in Lubbock, Texas. Our daughter, Jenny Marvel, was a sophomore that year and she was entered in the competition. The program was called The Young Author’s Competition. It was open for students of all ages. The host of the program was Patrick Cates and the guest speaker in 1992 was Ray Bradbury. The competition that year was sponsored by the local radio station 98.1 KKCL – Cool FM. The Young Author’s Competition in 2023 celebrated the 45th year of competition. This video is of Ray Bradbury’s personal story that he told everyone that day. (I am sorry for the unprofessional moments of the video.)

Special Videos

The first video is a memorial video of my wife Ruth Anne Steininger Marvel who passed from this life on October 22, 2014. The video was produced by Laurel Land Funeral Home of Fort Worth, Texas. The second video is one that I made of my wife with music from our favorite song – Never My Love by The Association (from the album – Greatest Hits – The Association 1968). Ruth and I married in Grabill, Indiana on June 27th, 1970, and we were married for 44 wonderful years.

What an Evening

On Friday evening, March 10, 2017, I was able to witness a spectacular concert by Gordon Lightfoot at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Texas. I believe that this was the start of his touring that year. The videos and audio below were taken the night of his concert. The photos, except for those of the Majestic Theatre, were found on Google at ‘Gordon Lightfoot Photos’ back in March of 2017.

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Music and video from the Gordon Lightfoot Concert.

Sundown – Audio from the Gordon Lightfoot Concert

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – audio of concert with photos.


Here are some of my favorite photos taken over the years.

(To expand each photo, just click on the image)

Washington D.C.

I have been privileged to visit Washington D.C. on five occasions over the years and these photos were taken at various times.

These Photos were taken September 1981.

Photos of the White House at a time when cars could pass in front.

White House in 1981

Arlington Cemetery JFK Burial Site
Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Statue

The Photos below were taken in 2011.

The White House

These two photos show where the television crews

report the daily news from the White House.

Lincoln Memorial

Statue to Scouting

Grave of the Unknown Servicemen

WWII Memorial

Korean War Memorial

Viet Nam Memorial

Capital Building
Arlington National Cemetery
JFK Gravesite

New York City

View of New York Harbor 1972

Newfound Trip – September 2009

Panorama view of St John’s Bay Newfoundland

Portland, Maine Lighthouse – taken April 2002

London, England – taken December 2019

Abbey Road

Ariel view of London

St. Paul’s Cathedral

London main railway station

Big Ben – being renovated

Globe Theatre

Globe Theatre

Inside the Globe Theatre

Globe Stage area

Victoria Memorial

Buckingham Palace

Changing of the Guard

Constitution Hill Road

All photos are the property of Alan and Ruth Marvel