Thursday, March 30, 2006


If my grandfather hadn't died just over a year ago, you can bet your ass I'd be down at the Storycorps Booth when it comes to Austin next week. I didn't know my grandfather well, but I know he had an incredibly interesting history--from his boyhood in Germany, entering America on Ellis Island after crossing the ocean on a ship in the 1930's (that ship was later used in Hitler's navy).. to surviving at least one small plane crash (he was a crop duster). I know vague outlines of the stories, but not great details. I really wish I had had the opportunity to just...sit down with him and gab.

You can do it before it's too late. It doesn't have to be a grandparent, just anyone whose story you want to preserve. It may not seem urgent or important now, but trust me, you'll mourn the loss of the opportunity when it's gone.

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