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I had been working as a video producer for the past ten years, when my dad passed in 1991, so you would think that it would have been second nature for me to pick up a camera and record his thoughts and memories for posterity. I actually thought about it a few times, but could not get past the notion that he would have seen the action as my acknowledgement that he would not be with us for much longer. This is a case of over-thinking an issue that I regret to this day. I am reminded of this event (or non-event) because of an article I saw in the local paper about the StoryCorps project rolling into town at the end of the month (

This is a project in which a mobile sound studio travels the country seeking interviews with people across the nation for archiving at the Library of Congress. The thing I like the most about this project is that they ask family members to interview one another. In this way, the folklore of a family does not pass with the generations. Even if the studio does not roll into your town, this is an opportunity that I think we all must take to keep our familiesí oral histories alive for future generations. And if your loved one is not able to be interviewed, talk with other family members from their generation. Take it from me, if you do not do this, you may come to regret it for a long time, and besides, your great-great-grandchildren will thank you for your efforts.

Gary Barg

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