98 Yr Old Struggles To Tell His Story For Future Generations

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  • Published on Feb 24, 2019
  • I had a business several years ago that trained local videographers around the USA to do my kind of interviewing. We offered the service to family members interested in having one of my videographer interviewers conduct a one hour interview with a family member as a legacy video. This man was one of the videos we made. Unfortunately, the business didn't succeed and there were several reasons why. But I thought that his strong desire to record for his legacy what mattered to him about his dad and about his own life. #100yearold #americanmilitary #worldwar #guam
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Comments • 46

  • boooters
    boooters 2 months ago +1

    A great service it was to make this video.

  • Mara Lorca
    Mara Lorca 2 months ago +2

    What is his name? Is it Frank Cosh/Gosh?

  • RealestRealist
    RealestRealist 2 months ago

    Thank you

  • Mandragara
    Mandragara 2 months ago +3

    1.5x speed helps

  • Cheetoh Puff
    Cheetoh Puff 2 months ago

    This is is a real man

  • Dan Kirchner
    Dan Kirchner 2 months ago

    yep historic facts prove that the "wife's best friend" will hit it

  • RealestRealist
    RealestRealist 2 months ago +4

    My grandfather made it to ninety. He died a couple of weeks ago. He was the best man.

    • boooters
      boooters 2 months ago

      wow, I guess he missed the wedding?

  • RealestRealist
    RealestRealist 2 months ago +1

    People use to be a lot less stupid not that long ago

  • Tim Fronimos
    Tim Fronimos 2 months ago +8

    Best line from this video was when the man said "I'm showing signs of age" He's 98!
    I know 50 year olds who are showing signs of age and have less spunk than he does.

  • jforjf
    jforjf 2 months ago +1

    David, thank you for sharing these videos. They are gold. What were the reasons why the business you started didn't end up working? (As you described in the description.) Before I stumbled on your channel I had a very similar idea, little did I know it's already been done lol.

    • David Hoffman
      David Hoffman  2 months ago +2

      We felt that certain customers would be the children of parents who in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. What we found was that many Americans did not want their older people to tell their stories as they might make younger people feel uncomfortable. I completely agree with that point of view. People become human beings rather than two-dimensional characters when they tell their whole stories to the young people. The good. The bad. The ugly. That's what makes the next-generation tolerant and understanding of themselves and so much more.
      David Hoffman-filmmaker

  • 16 blocks
    16 blocks 2 months ago

    When did he die ?

  • Walk Michigan
    Walk Michigan 2 months ago +6

    It's great to see that whatever your age, you can still point to your father as your greatest influence. I'm only in my early 50's, but I hope I honor my dad's life and live mine much like he did. I wish everyone had a great dad.

  • little Toe
    little Toe 2 months ago +2

    With the ubiquitous nature of videography tools available now, would putting out a guide to holding these types of interviews be something you would think is worthwhile? It that something you would do if you had enough interest from the public? Is that something that could be accomplished by putting out the old materials for the business you had?
    The reason I’m asking is that I personally would greatly appreciate a manual for one hour legacy videos as I’ve not a clue on how to go about this and my future children may not have their grandmother around to tell her story directly.
    A great camera in everyone’s pocket but rare it is that the owner possesses the knowledge you do. Love your content btw, it keeps getting better.

    • little Toe
      little Toe 2 months ago

      David Hoffman wow, thank you. I can’t wait, but I will.

    • David Hoffman
      David Hoffman  2 months ago +4

      Thank you. No question that a book would help. But what I am doing right now with my subscribers is better than a book. I will present videos that make it fairly easy for folks to give it a try. That's all people need to do. And I believe that many people will create great stories about them and people they know. I think that this is critical for people's legacy. Rather than leave money or artwork or photographs, leaving video interviews done right-now that is legacy that means something to the generations that follow. I know that from direct experience now. I'm old enough to watch some of the folks I filmed showing my interviews to their grandchildren.
      David Hoffman-filmmaker

  • Nate Murdoch
    Nate Murdoch 2 months ago +32

    Imagine being old enough to have a father born two years after the Civil War?

    • DJSbros
      DJSbros 2 months ago +3

      Nate Murdoch Well some day people are gonna say to me “wow I can’t believe you’re old enough to have a father born during the Vietnam war”

  • R2 Frank2
    R2 Frank2 2 months ago +3

    Wow David these stories are truly amazing. I don’t watch all of them but have watched a few, and thoroughly enjoy them along with the platform and idea surrounding these types of interviews. I especially connected with this one as I am a young aspiring banjo player myself. That is actually how I discovered your channel, through some of your bluegrass documentaries. I’m currently 23 years old and am very interested in conducting some interviews like these as I have some family members who are in their 80’s with fading health. And from what I currently know about their lives I know they would have some great stories to tell. Any advice and information in regard to conducting interviews like this would be greatly appreciated. Maybe I could email you and you could give me some advice? Anyways thank you for the amazing content you have provided, I have been inspired in many ways through your videos and am grateful to have discovered your channel.

    • R2 Frank2
      R2 Frank2 2 months ago

      David Hoffman I definitely had a hunch you loved the banjo, but did not know you played yourself. Very few of us ever manage to get “that good” but I think any level of playability is better than none at all. I am also not that good but am improving. I will be waiting in anticipation for the videos you will be putting out, and also feel the importance of family and cultural legacy. Thank you for the quick response, I look forward to having some interviews to send your way. And thanks again for what you are doing.
      - Ross

    • David Hoffman
      David Hoffman  2 months ago +1

      Frank. I also love the banjo also as you can probably tell from some of my clips. I played it when I was kid but never got that good. What I would like you to do is watch the next videos that I post for subscribers where I'm going to describe how you can do these videos with the older people in your family. It is important that you do them. For the legacy of your family, and for the legacy of the culture you are a part of. Music and otherwise. I'll be sharing details over the next week or 2 and then hope to receive videos from you that I can work on.
      David Hoffman-filmmaker

  • J. M.
    J. M. 2 months ago

    We are watching your videos and many of us would like to know, and keep asking approx when these were recorded. Just an idea of how old they are would be nice. Thanks

  • AGDinCA
    AGDinCA 2 months ago

    Where is the rest? I would love to hear more.

    • AGDinCA
      AGDinCA 2 months ago +1

      +David Hoffman I look forward to part 2! Thank you for helping him tell his story.

    • David Hoffman
      David Hoffman  2 months ago +4

      I have posted one other clip from him and will post another in the next few days.
      David Hoffman - filmmaker

  • Michael Carolina
    Michael Carolina 2 months ago +3

    So I was trying to find this guy's name... first couple of seconds it says Frank "gosh"?
    www.nypl.org/blog/2011/06/13/great-slocum-disaster-june-15-1904

    • Michael Carolina
      Michael Carolina 2 months ago +1

      List of dead.
      www.ancestry.com/boards/topics.disasters.usa.genlslocum/22/mb.ashx

  • Ksee
    Ksee 2 months ago +1

    This is amazing

    • None Blank
      None Blank 2 months ago

      Seriously Linus!! This is the last thing I could imagine you liking! Also, it’s unusual seeing you in the comments on this channel. But Hey! We like what we like! And I like your channel too. Dumb move taking that 8k camera apart!

  • Victoria Taylor
    Victoria Taylor 2 months ago +17

    I love this , I can see because of his age, that hes struggling to find the words. But one thing that really stands out, is how he respected the ideals that his father taught him , And the great love that he has for his father. Wow & at 98yrs old. How he even remembers this much, is amazing ! Love these videos David, they are wonderful ! These elderly people have so much to say, & share with the younger generation. We all would benefit from listening to their stories ! I always take time to listen to the elderly, what a treasure they are !

  • Chris S.
    Chris S. 2 months ago +1

    When was this recorded?

  • Jalin
    Jalin 2 months ago +2

    How old is he now?

    • Joker
      Joker 2 months ago

      What year did he die?

    • No
      No 2 months ago +4

      his age is buried beneath the soil

    • its peter
      its peter 2 months ago +3

      Jalin he’s dead now.

    • Janet Robinson
      Janet Robinson 2 months ago +7

      RIP 🙏🏾

  • Kyle
    Kyle 2 months ago +20

    Recording date?

    • Pete Russ
      Pete Russ 2 months ago +1

      +David Hoffman thanks David and i m glad youre getting lots of subscribers now and the respect you deserve. You re truly an inspiration!

    • David Hoffman
      David Hoffman  2 months ago +15

      2008 or 2009.
      David Hoffman - filmmaker

  • RebralHunter
    RebralHunter 2 months ago +12

    What year was this made?

    • cjay2
      cjay2 2 months ago

      2008 or 2009. David Hoffman - filmmaker (see other comment below)

    • Gladius
      Gladius 2 months ago

      RebralHunter 2008 or 9

  • Truth Seeker
    Truth Seeker 2 months ago +19

    I love these videos and watch every one you post. Gives much better insight than media or journals a lot of the time