Melvin with Professor Hal Gebhardt, U.S.C., 1959
Melvin with Professor Hal Gebhardt, U.S.C., 1959

1955
Graduates from high school
Moves to Los Angeles and lives with aunt and uncle, Clive and Modie Huddleston
Joins United States Navy Reserve
Meets painter Marvin Harden, a fellow art student and member of football team

1957
Attends University of Southern California (U.S.C.) (fall semester) and studies under Francis de Erdeley

1958
Receives scholarship to Los Angeles County Art Institute (currently Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design) (attends six months)

1959
Receives football scholarship to U.S.C. (1959-60)
First exhibition of paintings at Bamsdall Park, Los Angeles (All City Exhibition)
Exhibits with "The Seekers" in community-sponsored exhibitions

1960
Participates in exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California
Marries painter Karen Hamre
A daughter. Ana. is born
Exhibits first sculpture. Metal Sound, at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California