Kathie Gow: interviewer, editor, producer
For more than 20 years, I've been interviewing people about their work, their families and their lives for media ranging from national computer magazines to local newspapers to an English-language Turkish newspaper in Istanbul. Now I'm helping people tell their own stories, and it feels like the place I was meant to be.
I'm also lucky to have a partner (my husband) with all the technical know-how so I can focus on the stories.
I'm the family historian -- the one who takes the pictures, identifies the old photos and rescues all manner of family memorabilia. I've always been interested in stories, the happy and the sad -- how a husband and wife met, what it was like to be a soldier, or how a person coped after losing a child. These are the stories that define our lives. Too often they get lost because no one asked, or because the stories were never recorded.
I was very close to my father's parents growing up because they lived in the same town (Villanova, Penn.), but they died when I was a teenager, just when I started getting interested in family history. My grandfather used to tell us stories of being a soldier in World War I, but now I have only the vaguest memories of them. I know my grandfather met my grandmother, a nurse, during the war, and that supposedly they were married in a small chapel in the basement of Notre Dame Cathedral. But that's about all I know, and my father didn't know any more. I know almost nothing about their childhoods. I have only vague recollections of their voices and laughs. There's so much I would ask them now, but it's too late.
I've talked to many middle-aged or older friends who plan to interview their parents down the road or had planned to do so before their parents got sick or died. I didn't want to make the same mistake with my parents that I did with my grandparents, and lose the opportunity to record their voices and stories, and celebrate their lives.
Hollington Lee: videographer, technical producer, designer
My parents never really talked about their past while we were growing up and I never asked them about it. But after having children, I became more interested in finding out about who they were.
I asked my parents to write their autobiographies and my father finally did. He told a wonderful story, so much that I never knew, and it answered a lot of questions for me. We edited his story and added photos. Now we just need my mother's story...
For our business, I handle the videography, the technical details and the post-production. I also design and produce the cases and discs. I had my own graphic design studio in Brookline, Mass., for eight years, and before that I did computer consulting and training -- all of which have been good preparation for the work I do now.
When I'm not working on projects with Kathie, I'm teaching biology and human anatomy & physiology to high school students. I've been a public high school science teacher for 14 years.