My father, Michael Charney, who served in WWII, was 60 when I was born. One of my great disappointments is that I didn't become a photographer until after he had passed on. I met Hardy while working on a newspaper article and quickly asked if I could visit him and take a portrait for a series on veterans of foreign wars. Hardy was gracious enough to let me do that. He is 96 and lives independently where he and his late wife raised their five sons.