The Born to Spy Series
These videos show how stories can come to life with simple techniques and technology, patience, research and a realization that sometimes it’s more important to get a job done than to do it perfectly.
I interviewed my father, Austin Goodrich, after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, to capture his “Great Generation” stories before they vanished. I was already a little behind the curve, so extensive editing was needed and material had to be found that would help tell the story. The research sent me down a number of historical rabbit holes that will pursue some day, but also slowed the process a lot.
Dad’s full story could have been a movie. It was certainly a book. Plus, I had conflicting demands (i.e. while he talks about his career, the need to showcase his family life was also important to us, his family). The compromise is not perfect. But it exists. It is there when anyone wants to dip in to visit with him. And it is part of the archive of our Cold War experience.
These two videos reflect the beginning of what can be achieved. I hope you enjoy them. Above all, I hope they motivate you to harness this under-utilized medium to communicate your vision, essence, priorities, experience, knowledge, humor…story! Just be careful if you have to transfer files from MS to OS X. (That’s why the one is fuzzier than the other. I think.) Brought to you here and from my YouTube channel:
Covert ops officer Austin Goodrich:
- shares coming of age stories that shaped his life’s mission in Born to Spy (part one): the formative years; and
- describes life under deep cover in Born to Spy (part two): signal insights of a Cold War soldier.