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Google and Grandparents

I first learned of StoryCorps in 2011, and I was floored by the similarity of the name to StoryKeeping. I was also curious to learn of their mission. For those unfamiliar, StoryCorps sets up booths in public places and sends Airstream trailers around the United States so every-day people can sit down for thirty minutes to record their stories. After their session they receive a CD of their interview and their stories are sent to the Library of Congress to become part of public record.

Sixteen Years Ago Tonight

I was a sophomore at Texas A&M University and a member of Company C-1 in the Corps of Cadets. Our outfit’s identity was defined by how hard we worked on the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Bonfire. My freshman year I went out to the cut site with a machete to help clear the tractor paths before the masses showed up for First Cut. The ’02 class of C-1 was awarded Centerpole our freshman year – the highest honor a fish class could receive – as we were named the hardest-working outfit on Bonfire.

Great Depression Cooking

Cooking and the foods we grew up with are recurring themes that crop up in StoryKeeping sessions, and I’ve gotten some great footage of some storytellers cooking before, but the meal prep has never been the main focus of a project.

Veterans Day

At the end of interviewing “Grandpa Charlie”, I asked him if there was anything he’d like to add, and when he responded I knew I had something special on my camera.