Stellar citizen just 'does what he loves'River Falls Chamber of Commerce members chose David Markson as River Falls’ Citizen of the Year, honoring him at its Feb. 7 awards banquet with a standing ovation and long round of applause.
By: Debbie Griffin , Pierce County Herald
River Falls Chamber of Commerce members chose David Markson as River Falls’ Citizen of the Year, honoring him at its Feb. 7 awards banquet with a standing ovation and long round of applause.
Markson said he feels privileged to make a living doing things he loves, admitting he just enjoys life and does what he does so others can enjoy it, too.
So how did he get to be the RF Sign Guy and such an avid supporter of community and the arts?
Aptitude, not ambition
Markson said he grew up in the Twin Cities and never had any formal art training or lessons. The last art class he had was in the eighth grade, then he focused on math and science.
Those skills have served him well in business and as the RF Sign Guy who creates big wooden pieces of different dimensions that must hang safely overhead on an oval and chain.
Markson concedes feeling a creative knack, but not applying it much.
“I did always have artistic talent,” he said. “It was pretty intimidating to try and be an artist in a city the size of Minneapolis.”
Markson practiced parts of his arts, dabbled in painting and read manuals or other materials, but didn’t seriously pursue a career.
He recalls a turning point at age 19 when he found in his boyhood home under old carpeting a piece of paper on which he and his brother had written as kids “what they wanted to be when they grew up.”
Markson’s said: “I want to be an artist.”
For more please read the Feb. 27 print version of the Herald.