Tampa News And Talk .com presents The Ella Coffee's Corner. Her guest is Steve Adler, creator of My Memory Lane.
"I created My Memory Lane so that everyone can tell their life's story to present and future generations. The video is a comprehensive telling of one's journey through life and personal messages to be shared is a precious gift to family and friends. My Memory Lane will assist you in telling your story decade by decade. You will be interviewed in the comfort of your home or a place of your choice. You will get helpful suggestions regarding topics, but it is your decision as to how to tell your story. The video can include music of your choosing, pictures of memorabilia and photographs. You will then review the video and recommend editing or reworking any part of the story. After editing, you give final approval of the video that will be presented in a personalized DVD case.
Sample of some of the subjects our interviewer will suggest.
Decade 1 Present the facts of where you were born and details about the early years of your life. Give information about parents, friends, relatives, schooling and the community where you were raised. Talk about your interests when you were young and any events that stand out.
Decade 2 More information about family, friends, where you lived, schooling, highly influential people. Discuss activities, sports, music and social experiences. Travel through the high school years and any additional dreams, accomplishments.
Decade 3 What took place during your twenties recognizing all aspects of your life
Decades 4 and forward. Describe the important decisions that were made, health matters, family, both personal and relatives. Speak about friends and associates that had an impact on your life.
During the interview be expansive and include all the factors that shapes your life. If you are retired explain fully how that happened and what's happening.
Have any photographs or memorabilia that tell important parts of your life's story. This is a time to share your wisdom accumulated over the years to be helpful to current and future generations.
Some possible subjects.
You will be ask to recollect memories of each decade in life starting from where you were born and what was your life like as a child. You can include information about your parents and ancestors and as much genealogy as you wish.
How did you meet and propose to Grandma? What were you doing before you met her?
What inspires you now and how did you get that inspiration?
How did your family survive the Depression?
Were you in the War? Tell me about that experience. Were you injured? How was life when you returned from the service?
Can you tell me a little about each of your children?
Do you like to travel? Where have you been and what place did you like the best?
How is your health? Who takes care of you when you are ill? Do you exercise? Do you belong to any clubs?
Have you told someone in your family where to locate your medical records and other important documents?
Now that you have some free time, how do you use it? Are you a volunteer or a contributor to a cause that you care about? Are you interested in participating in any sports? Do you have some hobbies or pastimes that you would like the rest of your family to know about?
You can tell what has been the most important event in your life?
As you lived on, what made you the very happy or if you like you can tell about something that made you very sad. You will have all the time you need to tell the story.
We all say, If only I could have done one thing differently....what would your change be? Sometimes, we make one wrong judgment and it changes many phases of our life. You can tell what you would have done differently.
Do you feel especially grateful for something or someone extra special in your life?
We all have had our share of disappointments. If you like, tell about people or events that caused you great disappointment.
Are all your relatives still alive? Tell me more about your brothers or sisters and what they are doing or what they did if they have passed on.
In summary, you will present information about your childhood, parents and grandparents; schooling and career; interests and experiences; what was learned and your values. Information about your ancestors will be very helpful to future generations. "