News Release


More news releases by year:

2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998

Return to: 2007 News Releases

SAVE THEIR STORY(TM) UTILIZING 21st CENTURY TECHNOLOGY TO PRESERVE ORAL HISTORIES

SAN DIEGO, CA -- March 13, 2007 -- Oral history is as old as antiquity. Herodotus, the fifth century B.C. Greek historian, known as the 'Father of History,' set down many of his stories from accounts he heard on his travels.

More than 2,000 years later, Bridget Poizner, a Southern California woman who has been conducting and recording personal history interviews of her family for years, decided to ratchet up a notch the ancient historian's methodology and has launched Save Their Story(TM) (www.savetheirstory.com).

Save Their Story enables family members to preserve life stories and memories via the same oral tradition that Herodotus employed, only utilizing 21st century technology instead.

One sample interview package consists of a 100-minute interview conducted confidentially in the client's home by a trained interviewer using state-of-the-art video or audio equipment. The interview is also copyrighted in the client's name. They receive two DVDs or CDs of the interview and also have the option to store a copy of the interview, as well as a written transcript of it, for 30 days on the company's secure website. The interview can be accessed only by those who are authorized by the client. This provides ample time for friends and relatives worldwide to download the information to their computers.

Tribute interviews for retirees, family reunions, wedding and anniversary celebrations, etc. are also available.

People using the service come from all walks of life.

Some snapshot examples:

  • A former city clerk recorded his life history as a gift for his family. He spoke of how his father traveled alone to the United States from Lebanon at 17. One of his fondest memories was when his son was born - it had been raining hard all evening and right after his son was born, it stopped raining and the moon shone through the clouds.
  • A 96-year-old man recounted how his family traveled in a covered wagon to Oklahoma from Texas when he was a baby. His father died when he was 11 and times got tough. Since he and his brothers couldn't afford guns, they became skilled at rock throwing to kill small animals for their mother to cook for supper. The gentleman eventually wound up in Pomona, CA where he opened a successful ice cream business.
  • A 65-year-old San Diego woman recalled growing up as a child in Montreal with Holocaust survivors who were relocated from Europe and attended her grade school. One vivid childhood memory occurred on Thanksgiving -- her mother tripped while entering the dining room holding the turkey platter. She picked up the pieces, went to the kitchen, came back shortly with the same turkey on a different tray and told her family it was a good thing she had cooked two birds. The interviewee was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1997 and she has faced the debilitating illness head on by volunteering for the Parkinson's Disease Association of San Diego and chairing a support group. At the end of her interview she imparted a message to her future great grandchildren that it was important to live one's life ethically and with tolerance.

Save Their Story is a nationwide company and is also offeringlicensing opportunities. For more information, please call (800)727-1996 or visit www.savetheirstory.com.

Return to: 2007 News Releases