"Total professional. His retirement is well earned, but every time we lose a Tim Chapman, and we have precious few still remaining, the craft slips another gear and the public's right to know takes another hit." -retired Miami Herald staff writer Marty Merzer
"If Hemingway were alive, he might be pals with [Tim] Chapman, who grew up in a Miami suburb near the Everglades and became an expert hunter and fisher. He smokes big cigars, can hold his whiskey and says 'I like to fight.' " -Tampa Bay Times reporter Jeff Klinkenberg
"Some people think [Tim is] crazy, and there may be some truth to that." -Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen
Miami Herald photographer Tim Chapman shot his last assignment for the paper in the Everglades on Thursday.
Forty years ago, he shot his first Herald assignment...also in the Everglades.
Today, he'll make his last trip to One Herald Plaza where he'll tie up some loose ends and turn in some of his company-issued gear. Chapman is retiring after 40 years at the paper.
At 2pm, he'll attend a little newsroom get-together slash send-off hosted by the Herald's director of photography, Roman Lyskowski.
It's safe to say that some of those who'll be attending Chapman's last hurrah on the fifth floor today weren't even born when he started at the Herald in 1972.
Thursday night, CBS4 aired a nice tribute to Chapman...reported by former Herald colleague, Jim DeFede.
Veteran Miami Herald Photographer Tim Chapman Retiring His Camera
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