James Arthur Ridlon. Born July 11, 1934, Nyack, New York.
Artist and former defensive back, he had an auspicious beginning in Nyack, New York. The son of a lobster fisherman, Ridlon struggled with dyslexia from an early age all the way through elementary school. Stuttering resulted in isolation, giving him the time to focus inward. It was during these trying times that he turned to art and athletics as a release from the other handicaps. By high school, he had learned to deal with his dyslexia and stuttering and began developing his artistic skill under an excellent art teacher. Upon graduation, he earned a football scholarship to Syracuse, allowing him the opportunity to play in the same backf
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