Kevin Christofora began his career into the professional world with a position at Calvin Klein Cosmetics in 1992; he worked as a package engineer, working in new product development and maintaining all responsibilities for production of existing components of the Obsession Fragrance brand. From there, he moved to Revlon, managing the prestigious Alexandra DeMarkoff division of makeup and fragrances. His last job was collaborating with product design and marketing on new product launches for Prescriptives at the parent company of Estée Lauder.
Christofora found his calling when he began to coach little league. He has coached the Mountain Valley Little League (formerly the Woodstock Little League) since 2008. More than a pastime, Kevin loves working with the children. He prides himself on teaching them that it’s about more than a game: it’s about honor, respect, and community. As president of the league, he enjoys working with the parents and community members that all have one main interest: the kids. As he puts it, “Mountain Valley Little League is real fun, real life, and real baseball, with no substitutions.”
Written for children ages three to five, Kevin wrote The Hometown All Stars as a bedtime story to get kids interested in the national pastime again. His goal in writing these books was to get kids out of the house and onto the field – “ less screen more green.” He believes in the valuable lessons that children learn from playing the game: teamwork, discipline, strategy, and thinking before they act. In addition, he wants to bring back the joy of being outdoors and playing, that kids in recent years have lost.
An engineer by education, Kevin gave up the corporate life to move back to his hometown to carry on the family business and become the local butcher and a dad. He has found more happiness becoming a baseball coach than he ever had before. He hopes to pass the excitement of the game to other children with The Hometown All-Stars. Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball was his first book of the series, followed by Magic Bat Day, Thank Goodness It’s T-Ball Day, and his latest, Amira Can Catch!
Then in 1981, his only son Josh, was accepted at the School Of American Ballet at Julliard New York City. Tangeman and his family moved to New York City and, within 2 months, landed a position as an art director at one of the largest Madison Avenue ad agencies where he worked on many national and international brands producing print advertisements and television commercials. Within two years, Tangeman was promoted to vice president and senior art director.
In the latter half 1980’s, when the glory days of advertising were waning, Dale went out on his own and started a graphic art and design studio, spending the next seven years building a very successful business.
In 1994, Dale was asked to join a 15-million-dollar ad agency in Ohio as creative director/partner. With some trepidation, about returning to Ohio, he accepted the offer and left New York.
After putting in 7 seven years, Tangeman and his family longed to return to New York. More specifically, Woodstock, where they had owned a home since 1990. Dale retired from advertising, got on his Harley and left Ohio for the last time. The date was one that he will never forget 9/11/2001.
Since his retirement, Dale has been active in the Woodstock art community, donating graphic art services to the little league, buying and selling vintage movie posters, playing his guitar in a local group, and, last but not least, working with Kevin Christofora as illustrator and partner on his series of baseball books for children, The Hometown All Stars.
Art and baseball have been Dale’s two loves. One of his fondest memories of baseball was being selected to play in his little league all-star game as the short stop. A very large kid came up to bat and hit a rocket right at his head. The crowd gasped, but he managed to catch the ball squarely in his glove to save the game. It was a very proud moment that he will never forget.
In helping to create these books Dale hopes his grandchildren will take an interest in baseball and create memories as lasting as his.