If we may, could we introduce you to some people who will be around long after you and we have moved on to another place in the cosmos?
Meet Ian “Scotty” Campbell. If you’re lucky, some of his spunk and love of life will rub off on you. It did on us when we stumbled upon his remarkable world — a world that he spent much of his life building and then painting. He painted everything — including his straw hat and his sneakers. He painted the plants and the window glass. He painted messages on the sidewalk and even on his car.
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Scotty’s passion was building, dancing, painting and laughing. Kermit, on the other hand, learned from his Native American grandfather how to learn from horses. They would later call what he learned “horse whispering.” But what would happen when someone rescues a beautiful, white mare that was on her way to be turned into gourmet food for people in other countries? After all, what else can you do with a blind horse? Ask Kermit.
You’re too young to remember what made your grandparents or great-grandparents laugh each morning in the ’40s, ’50s or ’60s. They called them newspapers. The funny papers. No, it wasn’t MTV or anything high tech. One very popular cartoon was “The Strange World of Mr. Mum.” You can search the libraries or used bookstores and maybe find some of these clever “pantomime” cartoons (no printed words). But could you sit down and listen to the artist tell you how Mr. Mum came into the mind of his creator? Irv Phillips lived a long life, but he’s no longer around to tell his story. Well, he’s still around in the world of media because someone took the time to film him telling his story. And someone made it a point to keep the original video story and digitize it before it also vanishes. Please meet Irv Phillips and Mr. Mum — as he speaks to you from the year 1981.
It doesn’t matter who your are or how grumpy you can be, this beautiful woman will warm your heart and put a smile on your face that will last for hours. Catalina first told her story on camera more than 20 years ago. Heck, she was 71 at the time. Who would have dreamed that she could give us a reprise in her 90s? See how much you can learn about life in the late 1930s in Los Angeles. This video will enable her to tell her story forever.
Imagine the stories your family members or friends could tell to future generations. This is the place to learn how. Please stay tuned.
Oh, and let us know who you think would be a great candidate for a story or a video oral history. Leave comments, please. Tell us your favorite video here. There will be more — that is, if people let us know.