Tributes & Video Biographies
Sharing Life Stories, Connecting Generations, Preserving Legacies

Archive for 2008



  • A Triple Header Video Interview

    Over the holiday week between Christmas and New Year, my family spent a week skiing in Utah. We stayed at the home of some good friends who live outside of Salt Lake City and another family from California was there as well. We have known the parents of these families ...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

  • Archival Photo and Slide Scanning Services

    Flickr photo: catcetera In January of 2008, Money Magazine wrote an article comparing 6 of the most popular scanning services. They sent 40 prints to the six different companies and rated them on cost, turnaround time and scan quality. The top rated company was ScanCaf...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

  • California Dreaming on a Summer’s Day

    Flickr photo: wrysloan I just spent the last week on vacation in Northern California, visiting with my family and attending the wedding of the daughter of friends I have known for over 30 years. My entire nuclear family gathered over the weekend at my brother’s h...

    Read more  ●  Monday, July 7th, 2008

  • Childhood Holiday Memories

    Flickr photo:SkillsUSA Massachusetts When I worked on my own autobiography several years ago, I used this technique which I sort of invented ( I say that because I’ve never heard of anyone else using it either in my background as a social worker or speaking with ...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

  • Creating a Storyboard for Multimedia Projects

    Flickr photo: Sthomas01 A storyboard is an essential tool for laying out a video or film project to communicate the look of a piece, to show how a story or plot unfolds and to organize the sequence of scenes before any time or money has been spent on studio sets, locat...

    Read more  ●  Friday, September 5th, 2008

  • Effective Interviewing Techniques for Video Histories

    Flickr Photo: Walter Grubmuller While every interviewee is unique in his or her own way, there are several things you can do in advance to help make the process go more smoothly to yield better results. There are also some proven techniques that can be applied during i...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, January 10th, 2008

  • Every Memory of Your Life Stored Forever – MyLifeBits Project

    Gordon Bell What would it look like if you had a computer with every single memory stored on it forever? You would be able to access every webpage you’ve ever looked at, every email you’ve read, every photo you’ve taken or been in, videos of your publ...

    Read more  ●  Friday, April 4th, 2008

  • Family Business

    The idea of creating a family history or genealogical tree, while a formidable task, sometimes occurs to us as quite simple. We enroll all our family members into this meaningful project. They all go through their media, (photos, old reels of film, mementos) and come u...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, January 26th, 2008

  • Family History at Family Dinner Table

    I was reading a blog posting at the Science of Raising Happy Kids where the author, Christine Carter, Ph.D. suggested wrote, “Research shows that telling stories about your shared past creates strong and secure emotional bonds, which directly impacts how well fam...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

  • Family Photo Album

    I met this guy at a party the other night and when I told him that I was a personal historian and biographer, he became really, really excited. He said to me, “I have to show you this album I did with my son for his 5th grade class project. ” He was sort o...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

  • Hope Chest

    A Hope Chest was originally used as a dowry. It was property that a woman owned and brought into her marriage. Some women could not find a suitable husband, for various factors; therefore, the dowry was used as a way of enticing a man into marriage. The idea of a Hope ...

    Read more  ●  Monday, November 24th, 2008

  • Kronomy, Another New Social Media Tool

    I have been playing around with a new online application called Kronomy (this site is no longer available). I’m not really ready to show the world my creation on there but let me tell you a bit about it. There is a concept called collective consciousness which ca...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, August 16th, 2008

  • Legacy Lists – Organizing The Family Information

    Flickr photo:neloqua I recently realized that while my two sons are grown, 25 and 22, my will lists my brother as the executor of my estate. My oldest son lives here in Houston and it has occurred to me that I need to start grooming him to be my executor, showing him w...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, October 19th, 2008

  • Legacy Multimedia in the Houston Chronicle!

    Today is a pretty exciting day around here. My company, Legacy Multimedia, received a feature profile in the Houston Chronicle business section. I was on my vacation two weeks ago (which is why I’ve posted so infrequently over the past couple of weeks), when I go...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, July 20th, 2008

  • Legacy Multimedia Wins Crystal ICON Award

    Last week Isabelle and I won our very first award. It is the Crystal ICON award and it was awarded to us by the Houston Chapter of the International Society of Event Planners. We won the award for a video piece we did for the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft on th...

    Read more  ●  Monday, August 11th, 2008

  • Looking Yourself Up On Google – the New Acknowledgment

    Flickr photo:bryanbope I was waiting in the dentist’s office yesterday and picked up a copy of July’s Redbook and began reading an article on “Men’s Secret Fears – the Good, the Bad and the Funny, Real Guys Fess Up.” Among such fears...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, June 19th, 2008

  • Lost But Not Forgotten

    Christopher Cannon I’ve talked a lot about the necessity of converting your old 8mm and 16mm film before it degrades or the people in your life who can identify the footage are gone. But what about that film once it’s out of the possession of your family? W...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

  • Magnetic Photo Album Deterioration

    Flickr photo: mimi.bowling We often hear clients complain they can’t remove their photos from those old inexpensive magnetic photo albums. Those are the ones with the pre-glued pages that you just stick the photos in and slide the plastic sleeve over the outside....

    Read more  ●  Thursday, April 17th, 2008

  • Matt Langdon – Founder, The Hero Workshop

    he•ro |’hi(ə)rõ| noun ( pl. -roes) A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. What is a hero? Most of us recognize the superheroes that we’ve grow up celebrating. Characters such as Superman and Spide...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, November 30th, 2008

  • More News on Geni.com

    Photo courtesy: geni.com I’ve mentioned Geni.com a few times in this blog. It’s one of my favorite social networking tools that enable its users to find and stay in touch with their relatives as they capture and share their family’s history. This pas...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, July 27th, 2008