April 16, 2012
Lights, Camera, Action !
April 16, 2012: Yesterday afternoon two lovely young women and FOUR wheeled cases of equipment arrived at my door. I was expecting Kristen, the interviewer from th US Park Service, National Historic Sites division. This has been planned for more than a month, but I did not realize how much equipment was needed to record this interview. I knew I was to be photographed and voice taped as I answered questions about the Japanese Internment Center (WW II), Manzanar, about eight miles from my home town of Lone Pine, California. An hour of prep and get-acquainted time was followed by two hours of filming and recording Kristen's questions and answers from me. Kristen had emailed me a long list of questions which I had studied. This also sent me into saved family files and photographs which I copied to give to her. Besides info on Manzanar, she wanted more information about Owens Valley, the cattle ranch where I was born, and both my maternal and paternal family histories.
Quite an exciting afternoon. I met new and interesting people who I can now list as friends and information sources. Kristen and Caitlin have been employed by the National Park Service for most of their careers. They will send me a copy of the day's work and also still pictures of my living room equipped for this interview–cords and cameras and microphones etc.
Until next week, Willma