After a 5-year stint, Thursday was Phil Brigandi's last day as Archivist at the Orange County Archives. He'll still work with us as a consultant, and you can schedule appointments with him if you'd like his help. But Phil will mainly return to being a full-time local historian: researching, writing books, lecturing, etc.
Phil is understandably enthusiastic about what lies ahead. I, however (for selfish reasons) am very sorry to see him go. These past four and a half years of working side-by-side with him have been an invaluable education, an honor, and a great deal of fun. More than just the best boss I ever had, Phil has been a great mentor and friend. We'll still see each other around, but I'll miss our day-to-day interaction.
So good luck, Phil. I can't thank you enough. And we'll all be looking for your new books on Orange, Scouting, and who-knows-what-else in the coming months and years.
Today's photos show Phil and County Historical Commissioner Don Dobmeier, looking over some old postcards (top); and Phil with "Connie the Courthouse Cow" (inset) at the Old Orange County Courthouse.