On February 24th, 660 News Calgary’s Kendra Fowler connected with Liam Rathgeber to discuss Capturing Legacies and the Ed Whalen Story project. To view the project in progress, you can create your own FREE account on our custom life story project management software where you may also want to start your own life story, or that of someone you care about.
The story also highlights the Ed Whalen Story project that we are doing for charitable benefit of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. To view the project in progress, you can create your own FREE account on our custom life story project management software where you may also want to start your own life story, or that of someone you care about.
After a year of banging away at our keyboards, we have launched our online life story project management software. Now you can easily create your own life story or capture the legacy of someone you love.
Writers, the system has a professional level subscription to allow you to manage the biography projects for your own clients, including managing the financial aspects of your business. Contact us for more information.
The holidays are upon us. As we visit with our families, eat too much and hope that Santa brings us something wonderful, consider that you are adding to your life story.
If you are lucky enough to have your parents or grandparents with you this year, I hope they tell you more of their stories. Many people don’t have the option to hear those tales, life lessons and adventures, and they would give anything to be able to. You are truly blessed if you have them to listen to.
Even better, consider capturing their legacy so those stories can be told for many years to come. Share them with your children, grandchildren and future generations. We can help you with your life story project. Perhaps you might consider giving a Capturing Legacies life story project to someone you love as a very special gift. It wouldn’t just be for them either, it would be a gift for your family and all those future family members that haven’t even arrived yet.
Regardless of what you do, enjoy this special, and magical time of year. From all of us at Capturing Legacies, Happy Holidays! May you have a wonderful end of the year and a happy and prosperous New Year!
One of the best parts of our job is learning about people and hearing their stories. Although some of our clients allow their life story projects to be available to the public, others are kept private for their own personal reasons. That is why we created our podcast that we call “A Story Not Forgotten“. The podcast gives us the opportunity to interview people and ask them to tell us one story from their life that we can share.
Photo credit: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward
At the time of writing this post, we just released episode three of A Story Not Forgotten and on that episode we interviewed Les Wiseman. Les teaches communications and all forms of writing at Royal Roads University in Victoria. On the show, he tells us a story about how he went from being a construction worker to becoming the associate editor of a prestigious magazine while hanging out with legends like Frank Zappa, Iggy Pop, Tom Jones, Bob Hope, Wes Craven, Joey Ramone and Kurt Vonnegut.
Have a listen to the podcast and be sure to subscribe (iTunes & Android) and also check out the previous episodes. Stay tuned as well for the many new shows we have in the works. If you would like to be a guest on our podcast, please contact us today.
When you look back on a person’s life and consider what they have accomplished, consider what actually matters. Is that life defined by the nice car they drove or the education they received or the job they worked?
What about yourself? When you think about your life, what is the first thing you think of? What defines YOUR life?
You probably think back about where you came from and what you have been through in your life. Some more pondering may bring up various accomplishments that you have achieved or perhaps even some regrets. There are people you once knew and events that may be forever burned into your memory.
Some people believe they are not really that interesting, but actually, if you think about it, you have been alive for 365 days multiplied by your age. So even at 25 years old you lived 9,125 days. It is pretty much impossible to say that nothing interesting happened to you in that period of time. If you are 50, you have been alive for 18,250 days. So what if you are not a rocket scientist working for NASA. You still have accumulated interesting life experiences.
Ultimately, when your journey on this earth is over, all your stuff and everyone you know will be left behind. Your possessions will be distributed in some way that you have no say in. The only thing that remains is your story. It is not too late to record your life experiences for future generations. If you don’t know where to start, we can help.
When a client brings us in to capture their life story, or in the case of the video linked above, to capture the life story of someone who is no longer with us, our first step is the interviews.
As part of our Ed Whalen Life Story project, in the video above we visited Ed Whalen’s son, Tony, to hear stories from when he was a child and what it was like having Ed as a father. Interviews are powerful tools, especially as a way to gather information to write a book.
If you have ever considered writing a book, whether it be your life story, or any other topic that comes from your heart, begin with a recording. The video is optional, but it does have its value. If you are able to record video as well, the video has the added advantage of capturing the essence of the person being recorded and is of great value to loved ones down the road.
Take advantage of the professional interviewers at Capturing Legacies Inc. and have us look after the entire interview process. We know how to ask the right questions and take the pressure off of you.
The interview process can also be used for other opportunities. A good example is preparing a “well wisher” video for an upcoming wedding. We can interview the families of the bride & groom and prepare a video that can be played during the wedding reception.
Interviewing can be used as a powerful tool to deliver a message. Perhaps you have something to say to someone before you leave this earth. We can record your thoughts and deliver them to that person at any time you wish. Maybe you would like to pass along some words of wisdom to your not-yet-born grandchild and you may not be around to say those words in person.
Contact Us today and let us help you record your thoughts, memories, stories and words of wisdom.
For more wonderful recorded stories from Ed Whalen’s family and friends, please visit our YouTube channel.
When someone has dedicated years of their life to an organization, they become much more than an employee number or the balance of their contributions. They are a part of your company’s soul, its history, and its legacy.
At the end of a storied career, the traditional retirement is a small get-together and the gift of a gold watch. After everything they’ve given, don’t they deserve more?
Treasure the person behind the contributions by capturing their legacy. Learn the stories that made them who they are. Show them that the real value is the person behind the position.
The truest stories of a company are the stories of the people who make it great.
Calgary Stampede Parade 2010 (photo by Aduro Photography)
Here in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where Capturing Legacies Inc. is based, we have the Calgary Stampede, an annual event that began in September of 1912.
Running for 10 days each year and starting with a massive parade in the downtown core, it is known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. On the date of this post, we are in the middle of Stampede week and I was thinking about the history of this long standing tradition.
On the Calgary Stampede website they have information and a great video on Building the Stampede Legacy. With an event that is over 100 years old, there is a lot of history there. With a public event of this magnitude, there has been a lot of photos, video and news articles produced over the years and the life story of the Calgary Stampede has been written several times in numerous books .
People often think of a biography or life story being about a specific person. Actually a life story can be written about a place, a building, a long-running event like the Calgary Stampede, or even a specific thing like an ancient artifact that tells a story about human history.
Knowledge of our past is important. The history of mankind including our people, our creations, our events and our stories all need to be recorded for future generations. You can write your story or we can help you do it. The important thing is that it gets done, so now is as good a time as any to capture your legacy.
Capturing Legacies is thrilled to have been selected to chronicle the life of the legendary Ed Whalen. The press release is here.
This Sunday, we made the trip out to Canmore to conduct our first interview with Nomi Whalen, his wife of 34 years. She shared some fantastic stories with us and gave us a rare glimpse of the real man behind the voice.
Nomi is a collector of collections, not the least of which is Ed’s numerous awards and memorabilia. But her prized possession is a ring secretly commissioned for her by Ed in 2001. While he never had the chance to see it finished, the jeweler made sure that Ed’s final gift made it to Nomi’s finger, where it has remained ever since.