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Nicklaus Signs Licensing Agreement with McQueen
We are pleased to announce that Jack Nicklaus signs licensing agreement with illustrator Jim McQueen.
Jack Nicklaus and Jim McQueen's longtime friendship dates back to 1966, when Nicklaus had his manager, Mark McCormick, contact McQueen about the opportunity to write and illustrate Nicklaus' syndicated newspaper columns. Nicklaus approved the sample columns, launching McQueen's career with the Nicklaus Organization.
While illustrating for Nicklaus, a golf club out of Ocean City, Md., approached McQueen about the possibility of becoming their head professional and drawing schematics for their future golf course developments. Even though he did not have any prior experience as a head professional, McQueen had the illustrating talent they were seeking. A close friend of McQueen's suggested he contact Nicklaus for a recommendation. McQueen was hesitant at first but made the call. Nicklaus told McQueen he would give the recommendation but would prefer if McQueen would consider the head professional position at Mayacoo Lakes, a Nicklaus development in West Palm Beach, Fla., which opened in 1973. Having remembered McQueen's ambitions to one day become a head professional, Nicklaus thought McQueen would be the right person to run Mayacoo Lakes and draw schematics for his future golf course developments. McQueen accepted Nicklaus' offer.
McQueen began illustrating Nicklaus' Lesson Tee series, Playing Lessons and My Most Memorable Shots in the Majors, which were all major features in Golf Digest. These projects kept McQueen so busy, he had no time to run the day-to-day operations of Mayacoo Lakes or draw the schematics for the Nicklaus Organization. McQueen became the senior illustrator for Golf Digest and worked for the magazine for 30 years. McQueen worked alongside Nicklaus throughout his entire career and illustrated 10 of Nicklaus' books.
McQueen has taken his friendship and memories and created a personalized montage of Nicklaus' historic career. McQueen said, "Working with him opened my eyes to another side of his personality. He is the greatest family man I've ever met in my life." And: "Jack made my career, and I can never thank him enough."
Jim McQueen was absolutely thrilled when Golden Bear Golf Inc granted Jim McQueen Art LLC official licensing rights for the Jack Nicklaus print that portrays Nicklaus' historic career. These rights allow Jim McQueen Art LLC to produce, distribute and sell the Nicklaus print at JimMcQueenArt.com, NicklausArt.com and at various wholesale and retail outlets.
Jim McQueen is now 73, and for the first time ever his artwork is for sale to the public through his interactive Web site, www.JimMcQueenArt.com. McQueen also offers event and commissioned pieces that can be customized to fit your specific needs. He is also looking to partner with athlete/team charity foundations to offer a way to raise money for their cause.
Go to the "Gallery" section to view the Nicklaus print as well as other prints within the McQueen collection.