In the last few days, I did what I wanted to do two years ago– book an appointment on the traveling StoryCorps booth. My brother and I booked two back-to-back appointments for the StoryCorps booth for a Saturday in January at MacArthur Park, Los Angeles. We’ll each interview one of our parents. I am so stoked.
Two years ago, I receive the weekly email updates for StoryCorps. I followed their progress of the West Coast booth… and the year ended in San Francisco. No new place or date was announced. Then it was the holidays, and I turned my mind to other things. After returning from the mental sojourn, I discovered that StoryCorps was in the general LA area, and all times were booked, sorry. This time around, I got in on the appointment-booking day (first attempt was 5am before starting another leg of the families holiday roadtrip adventure). They weren’t taking bookings at 5am, but they were later that day, when I was in the presence of Mom and Dad and Bro4. Bro4 and I each got on the fone and booked two consecutive appointments.
This. is. so. cool. It helps, too that I met David Isay, got a copy of Listening Is an Act of Love (he inscribed a copy for my parents), and that they’ve seen the book and the stories. (um, by the way, I haven’t mentioned it, but I totally recommend the book. great stuff there.)
Something else I got during the holidays—to witness some family oral history using photo albums. I was mostly silent during that, operating the equipment and asking the occasional question to elaborate. Will have more to say on that front soon.
The other thing I got during the holidays? A bad cold. Unwillingly do I cut back on holiday sweets to instead drink soup and tea. And sleep. Here’s to a healthy new year. Thank goodness the recordings will last far longer than this blasted respiratory crud!
YEEHAW! Way to go! And do please keep us posted about your StoryCorps experience.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thanks!!!!! Just returned from delivering brother and fellow interviewer-to-be to the Rose Bowl… a place not far from here, and which I never go to on New Years Day. But he got a ticket through work, so he came here and then got a drop off ride.
Hope you’re feeling better!
I’ll be looking forward to hearing more about the upcoming StoryCorps experience. I think I’ll check out the book too. Sounds like a great experience in and of itself.
I ordered “Listening is an Act of Love” and it arrived before Christmas.
I had a wonderful experience today. As I was listing to the Story Corps podcast on the way to work this morning, I realized the story was from the book. It was the one about the little girl in Appalachia whose mother had constructed a “paper farm” for her to take in to class. It was so weird hearing the story from the “actual person” after I had read it in the book.
I am used to hearing the podcast but reading the stories is good too…
Hope your recording experience was a good one.