Stephen A. Van Hecke
Stephen A. Van Hecke is the Author of HomeTownMemories.ORG. It is a unique, One-of-a-Kind, national, interactive Web-Site that pays tribute to and the History and the Photographic Heritage of America's HomeTowns, and of the People in our HomeTowns . . . of Today, from throughout the Decades, and for Tomorrow. By creating individual "HomeTown Tributes" for each Town, it is a Web-Site that permanently preserves the Photographic Heritage of our American HomeTown Life. It is web-site that is ABOUT America's HomeTowns, as well as, FOR America's HomeTowns where each Town's current and former Mayors, their current and former Residents, and even the local Chamber of Commerce and Business Owners can participate in the creation of a "HomeTown Tribute" on the web-site for their Town, and for Towns throughout America.
In September, 2010 while living in Cranford, New Jersey, he returned to Dayton for his Chaminade High School 50th Graduation Reunion weekend. After being away since 1990, he happily rediscovered his own Home Town and 3 months later he moved back to Dayton. While preparing his Web-Site - HomeTownMemories.ORG for a September, 2014 launch with Dayton as America's First "HomeTown Tribute" , he, also, works part-time at his Alma Meter - The University of Dayton.
In February, 2008, he moved from Cranford, New Jersey to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi to use his Web-Site and a unique Project that he called– “Saving their Gulf Coast HomeTown Memories” . He used his web-site to create "HomeTown Tributes" that helped save the Photographic Heritage of the many Gulf Coast HomeTowns that lost so many of their 'hardcopy' photographs from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
In 1990, he moved to Cranford, New Jersey from Dayton, Ohio. While in New Jersey, Stephen was the Director of Research for five years until 1999 with the Union County Economic Development Corp., a New Jersey based, non-profit corporation dedicated to regional economic development. During the late 1990's, he began designing what would become, today, the Web-Site, HomeTownMemories.ORG.
While living in Dayton, Ohio during the mid-1970's and '80's, he was with the Montgomery County Children Services Board – a non-profit, child protective services agency becoming the Director of Administrative Services.
Marrying in 1968, he and his wife, Charlene, lived in the San Francisco Bay area in the early 1970’s. He worked as a Longshoreman on the Oakland docks for the ILWU, and then created Pygmalion Enterprises, a marketing / promotion firm that provided cost-effective advertising for the area’s local small businesses. In 1972, and before moving back to Dayton, Ohio, he served as the Travel Manager for Fortney H. ‘Pete’ Stark, a Bay Area Bank President, and Democratic Congressional Candidate, after the successful election of Mr. Stark to the House of Representatives in the United States Congress, he returned to Dayton with his wife and 5 month old son, Lauring.
After receiving a BS Degree in Business Administration in 1966 at the University of Dayton, he became a VISTA Volunteer during the early days of the national Volunteers In Service To America Program serving for 1 + years as a Community Action Organizer at the Adams-Morgan Community Council in Washington, DC.
During the early and mid 1960’s, while at the University of Dayton, he was both a full and part-time Research Assistant for the University's Research Institute at nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base conducting Aerospace Medical Human Factors experiments for the then up-coming Apollo Space Program, receiving a “Secret” Level Security Clearance.
He is the father of a 42 year old son, Lauring, whom he describes as a 'smarter than me', really fun-to-be-with, wonderful young man.
Stephen Van Hecke was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1942.