Outdoor technology evolution

Circa 1940s, game protector Dick Emperor, Saranac Lake, field-tests the latest technology — a “portable radio.”

(Editor’s note: Columnist Howard Riley received this letter in response to a recent column. Today’s column by Riley appears on page A5.)

Howard, I read your column last week with interest about Game Protectors Dick Emperor and Paul Benoit. You mentioned that you could not find a photograph of either of these legends. I am happy to provide you with a picture that was identified as Dick Emperor on the job, field-testing a radio.

I believe this photograph came from the Albany State Museum, and I located it in some promotional material DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement uses in public outreaches. I recalled the picture was part of the presentation and dug it up for you. I wrote the caption under the picture for clarification.

Thank God I don’t have to carry a radio like that! I’ll take my handheld radio.

Environmental Conservation Officer Jim Cranker

Saranac Lake