Your turn (Open thread): Did you interview anyone over the holidays?

Vintage microphone on a well-worn surface Did you interview anyone over the holidays? Who did you interview? What happened? How’d it go? What did you use to capture what the person said? (paper and pen? an audio recorder? a video recorder?)

Here’s an open thread for you: Tell your story about getting someone else to tell a story over the holidays.

I’ll start with an oh-so-brief recap:

There were three interview events between Thanksgiving and New Year’s:

Charlie McCarthy Doll

  1. Thanksgiving: I put one of the suggestions from this roundup to use: Helped my nieces think up questions to ask everyone. She wrote them on 3x5 cards, shuffled them, and then began asking questions. I had the recorder on and recording, and we all learned new things about each other. (more on that experience to come.)
  2. Last week: I attended a memorial service for a man who was a mentor to my mother, and a teacher to my brother and me. I recorded the audio of the service. At the reception, I set up a dual mic at a table where people could sit down and offer their recollections.
  3. Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time: Interview a friend about a couple of very significant family photos. This is where family history meets History History. Plus, we’ll get to compare different recorders using this interview, and this interview will be the basis of instruction for how to use Audacity to edit and process audio.


What about you? Did you interview anyone over the holidays? What did you do? What did you learn?

Vintage Jack in the Box. 'Pop goes the weasel!'

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on January 05, 2011 in • Interviewing
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Great suggestions.  I did ask some questions and filled in some family history over Thanksgiving.

Marian Pierre-Louis  on 01/05  at  03:46 PM

Good day! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing it on familyoralhistory.us ! Great!

Bettyann.C  on 11/07  at  10:15 AM

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