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Nov 2018 Presenter: John Temple Ligon

Photo: John Temple Ligon

Our Vice President, Alison Klein, has scheduled an interesting speaker for our November Meeting. John Temple Ligon is an art historian, urban planner and self-described “delightful dilettante.” He will be discussing the life and work of Jasper Johns as well as “The Bridge” - a concept for Columbia that he promoted several decades ago that has recently received renewed interest.




-M.Arch. (urban design), Rice University B.A. (art history), USC


-Artillery forward observer, 1969-1971, two tours, South Vietnam

-Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, Cambodia

-Five American Bronze Stars, Cambodia and South Vietnam

-Combat Infantryman's Badge (highly unusual for an artillery officer)

-Officer's Candidate School, Airborne and Ranger Schools


-President, Museum Area Municipal Association, Houston

-Candidate for Mayor, Columbia, 1990 and 1994

-Chairman, John de la Howe School Foundation

-Board member, 2010-2016, Palmetto Opera


-Project director for real estate development: Texas Development Group

-Architectural design and business development: James M. Sink Associates (Houston); Ligon & Co. (Houston); Stevens & Wilkinson (Columbia); Gervais Studio (Charleston and Columbia)

-Bus system specialist: Chernoff/Silver, Orlando; won competition for Chatham Area Transit bus system PR and advertising contract, Savannah

-One of three founding principals of Affinity Technology Group while enrolled in business school, Duke University; business plan editor; market capitalization value of $600,000,000; filed suit to collect contracted 1%, $6,000,000; federal grand jury convened on jury tampering in first trial; still collecting $2 million from second trial

-Business editor, Columbia Star newspaper, 2003-2012; named best business writer in state's weeklies by S. C. Press Association

-Award for best feature story (Jasper Johns) among nation's electric coops

-Business and culture columnist:, Columbia Business Monthly


-Ran with the bulls at Pamplona, Spain, July 2005; tennis; golf

-First Governor's Cup footrace, Columbia, 1973, finished 7th (15 miles, 1:36)

-Marathons (11 total; fastest, Charlotte, 1989, 3:31; slowest, London, 1997, 4:30)

-Followed Phileas Fogg around the world in 80 days, March 14 - June 2, 2012


A reminder to our members:

Please be sure to bring your artwork to participate in the TAP gallery display.

The theme this time around is "Christmas Card/Holiday or Winter Scenes". The theme was chosen by Tommy Thompson. Bring your artwork and hang it the night of the meeting to be eligible to be our next Monthly Best In Show winner!

Since we won't have a meeting at the park in December, artwork will remain on display until our January meeting.

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