Born in Hartford,1948; I remember my first model building
experience at about age 6, an Aurora Skynight Jet aircraft built
with an entire tube of glue. The early influences were books
like "God is My Co-Pilot", "The First and the
Last" and "War of the Worlds"; T.V. shows like
"Victory at Sea" and "Twentieth Century."
I built 1/72 aircraft models throughout grammar and high school
but found the demands of a college education eclipsing my desire
and time to build models. Upon graduation (degree in English
from the University of Hartford), I proceeded to put my education
to work by becoming a parts manager at a Honda motorcycle shop
. Oh yeah, I also raced motorcycles(not too successfully but
it was damn fun to go as fast as you could) and played bass
guitar in a rock group.
successfully convincing my wife Diana to support me, my original
partner Ed Risk and I opened a hobby shop devoted to the art
of plastic modelling. That was in 1973 and since then War
and Pieces has grown with several more partners and tons
more inventory. Of course, myself and War and Pieces were responsible
for converting one avid follower to the dark side (modelling
as opposed to school work; Todd,did you really cut school to
come to the store and play "Risk"?*).
he did! In October of 1974, Todd was 16 years old and a Sophomore
at Manchester High School (CT). On a Friday, he cut out of school
(the only time in his life), for a whole day to play "Risk"
at War & Pieces with Rich and 4 other grown men who took
the day off from work to conquer the world. It was a great time
for all, but Todd got caught on Monday. After all, his brother
was a teacher at the high school and asked their mother where
Todd was that day. Todd received 20 hours of detention, a swift
kick in the pants and a major scolding from his father, but,
according to Todd, it was worth it for just that one day of
conquest. Oh, by the way he won the game!
Illustrious Founder, Todd C. Hewey,
the moment of victory.
Photo © Rich