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August 23, 2013

The many faces of Fast Eddie

Chickasha's police chief has captured the interest of the people, and they want to know about the man and his fast crime-stopping car

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"I got hit a lot" he says with a laugh. 

Adamson has been a shutterbug from an early age, even garnering international attention. 

While Adamson attended high school in Arkansas, he was a photographer for his high school yearbook. The photos from that night appeared in the Washington Post and around the world via the Associated Press. 

"I was just in the right place at the right time," Adamson said. 

The subject of these widely published photos was the first integrated prom in 1988 in Forrest City, Arkansas. News media were not permitted inside the prom, but satellite trucks were camped outside while Adamson snapped away pictures inside while enjoying his prom night. That night, he was also interviewed by BBC. 

"We were just having prom," Adamson said. For Adamson's class the real excitement was having a prom at all. 

In addition to having his photos in publications in households across the globe, Adamson has rubbed elbows with some big household names. 

Adamson has worked directly with former President Bill Clinton and former First Lady Hillary Clinton and been to a New Year's Eve party with Cybil Shepard and Justin Timberlake in attendance.

But to Adamson, "Everybody is just somebody." He said he said he passes this message on to his daughter, who has recognized people in the media her father has met when she was younger with a passive, "Hey isn't that that guy we met?" 

They once stopped at a roadside carnival where they met Shaquille O'Neal and his children. But to the Adamsons, Shaq was just a guy with his kids. 

Adamson said he is appreciative of his life experiences and credits his parents for building his confidence. 

"I was just a kid that grew up in Arkansas," Adamson said. "but I had parents that never told me 'you can't.'"

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