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The Journey of Radioman 

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Photo by León Villagómez
The family of machines at Blue Ox dates from 1866 to 1948. Hollenbeck pulled most of the antique machinery out of blackberry bushes and from abandoned sawmills.
Photo by León Villagómez
In it for the long haul, Eric and Viviana celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in August with a party at Blue Ox. Friend and Radioman co-producer Lester Grant says it was an honor to officiate the renewal of their vows.
Photo by León Villagómez
The grounds of Eureka's Blue Ox Millworks encompass a full production Victorian millworks shop, smithy, foundry, apothecary, print shop, ceramics, stained glass and fabrics studio, working history museum, high school for at-risk teens, radio station, nonprofit organization and a veteran's program.
Photo by León Villagómez
The grounds of Eureka's Blue Ox Millworks encompass a full production Victorian millworks shop, smithy, foundry, apothecary, print shop, ceramics, stained glass and fabrics studio, working history museum, high school for at-risk teens, radio station, nonprofit organization and a veteran's program.
Photo by León Villagómez
The family of machines at Blue Ox dates from 1866 to 1948. Hollenbeck pulled most of the antique machinery out of blackberry bushes and from abandoned sawmills.
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Eric inspects the fine detailing of the Lincoln hearse replica he and a group of local veterans built in 2015. In the future, the Hollenbecks will continue working to provide a transitional space at Blue Ox for newly returned veterans. Viviana is searching for funding for three new, culturally significant building projects for the vets to take on — a 1947 Woody Wagon, a 1912 San Francisco Trolley Car and railroad stops for the Sacramento Railway museum.
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Expert craftspeople and combat veterans joined together to reverse-engineer and recreate the hearse. Eric says the project was hard and complicated, the perfect job for veterans.
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Taken in 1865, this is the only known photograph of Abraham Lincoln's hearse, and the only image Eric and his team had to work from to design and create the historic replica.
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In May of 2015, the Blue Ox veteran's build team traveled to Springfield, Illinois, for five days of speeches, festivities and a parade commemorating the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's funeral. The hearse was decked out with eight dramatic black plumes made of ostrich feathers and pulled by a team of six horses. In the future, the Hollenbecks will continue working to provide a transitional space at Blue Ox for newly returned veterans. Viviana is writing proposals and searching for funding for three new, culturally significant building projects for the vets to take on — a 1947 Woody Wagon, a 1912 San Francisco Trolley Car and railroad stops for the Sacramento Railway museum.
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Eric says his mom took this photograph of him back in 1968, "five minutes after he got home" from his tour in Vietnam.
Photo by Art Greenspon.
Eric Hollenbeck is just out of frame in this iconic photograph from the Vietnam War. His long-held belief that the man lifting his arms in the air is the sergeant he shadowed throughout the war was finally confirmed in 2014.
Photo by Amy Barnes
The Hollenbecks explore Los Angeles' Arts District during a recent trip south to hear the second reading of Radioman. They listened to the first draft of the play over Skype from their office at Blue Ox.
Photo by Amy Barnes
Playwright James McManus (center) and Radioman's Assistant Director Daniel Penilla (left), listen intently during the play's second reading.
Photo by Amy Barnes
The second reading of Radioman was held at Art Share, a multifunctional artist's space around the corner from Little Tokyo in downtown L.A.
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Playwright James McManus recently moved from New York to Los Angeles. He says if he could have created a project for himself, it would have been this one.
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Actor and Vietnam Veteran Tom Sandoval joins the conversation at the Radioman reading at Art Share.
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Eic and Viviana with the producer, director, playwright and actors that make up the Radioman team.
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Photo by León Villagómez
The family of machines at Blue Ox dates from 1866 to 1948. Hollenbeck pulled most of the antique machinery out of blackberry bushes and from abandoned sawmills.

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