If you live around here, you may be familiar with a guy named Howard Kirkpatrick. But wherever you live, you probably know someone like him.
At age 86, "Grandpa K" is the patriarch of a family I'm good friends with, and he's lived a very long, full life. He spent most of it around here, so lots of people know him. (you should see him walk through the grocery store, he knows everyone!) Just a really neat, good man.
So when he decided to record some of the stories that make up his life to give to his family, I was happy to provide the time and equipment. We used a wireless microphone and recorded the interview while sitting at the dining room table with a cup of coffee.
I burned his stories, along with a few songs he's famous for singing, onto two CDs... and he gave copies to his kids and grandkids for Christmas this year. Apparently, there wasn't a dry eye in the place when he handed them out.
I think it's a great idea! The stories that make up the patchwork of our lives might otherwise die with us. To keep them alive for your family is a loving gesture, and a great way to pass along your legacy.
These photos were taken during our "conversation"... it's amazing how much you can tell about a person just from a photo.
Thanks Grandpa K. I think you're "the cat's pajamas." I will always remember our chat.