Who is Paul Volkmann?

Paul J. Volkmann, well-known columnist for the Latrobe Bulletin, began his writing career 42 years ago at the Ashland Times Gazette in Ashland Ohio, while attending Ashland College where majored in psychology and sociology.

Following graduation in 1967, the Pittsburgh native was hired by the Galion (OH) Inquirer where he became head photographer. He then worked as an industrial photographer for North Electric Co. During employment at the newspaper, he enrolled in Police Officers Training School and became certified in law enforcement. Throughout his photographic careers at both organizations, Volkmann worked part-time for the Galion Police Department.

Upon moving to Latrobe in the early 70's, he became photographer at Latrobe Area Hospital and opened his own studio, which he called Pee Vee's. Eventually, Volkmann converted his store to a custom framing, passport photo and fishing lure and tackle shop. His business was known as "A dinky little place with a great reputation."

Officially retiring in May 2007, Mr. Pee Vee, also called "Latrobe's Andy Rooney," still enjoys the richness of the great outdoors. "Anything that is not inside is outside, and I enjoy sharing God's creations with others" he often says.

A Roman Catholic by faith, Volkmann is a member of St. James Church in New Alexandria and sings in the choirs at Holy Family Church in Latrobe.

He lives with his wife, Teri, in downtown Latrobe. They have two grown children, Aaron and Kelsey.