August 30, 2016

If You Knew My Dad – William Gale Yates

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m answering this questionnaire about my dad William Gale Yates 1920-1996
1. He is sitting in front of the tv, what is he watching? Either golf, or The History Channel. He thought All in the Family was hilarious too.
2. You are out to eat, what kind of dressing does he get? Probably French dressing
3. Name a food he hates:  My dad loved almost all foods, yes, including liver.
4. You go out to eat and have a drink, what would he order? Steak and a beer.
5. Favorite kind of music? Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra. Perry Como, anything from the 40’s.
6. What is his nickname for you? He would call me “honey” occasionally.
7. If he could collect one thing, what would it be? Now, he would tell you something like $100 bills, but I think he would have collected good friends too.
8. What would he eat every day if he could? Pork steak, gravy and potatoes
9. What is his favorite cereal? He didn’t like cereal all that much. I don’t remember seeing him eat it. He did eat oatmeal sometimes, and loved Wheat Hearts (as did I).
10. What would he never wear? Flip flops, shorts, a tank top.
11. What is his favorite sports team? He liked to watch the Mariners, Seahawks, and the Sonics.
12. What is something he did he wishes he wouldn’t have done? Dad smoked and drank from an early age.
13. You bake him a cake for his birthday, what kind is it? He loved chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.
14. Favorite sport? Bowling (doing) and golf (watching).
15. What could he spend all day doing?  Snoozing in his recliner and, when he was awake, watching TV.
16. What is something he did consistently? Weather permitting, he would golf at least once a week.
Mom watched TV in her room (because Dad had the living room one so loud) but each night he would open her door and tell her goodnight. Whenever he was going somewhere, he would always kiss Mom three times. It was their thing.
More stories that include my dad:
William, Joan and Carol Yates

Lorine McGinnis Schulze’s Book Has Prompted Me To Write My Own Memoirs

When you start accumulating a substantial sum of information for your family tree, it eventually follows that you’re going to want to share that information with your family. For the most part, I can be organized and inspired, but I think my problem was that I had no good ideas on where to start and what to talk, or write, about. I knew I needed some sort of formula to keep me on track. A few days ago I found just the book I was looking for to help guide me through my memories of the past.

One thing I will say is that I intend on making a dedicated folder for these memories so that I can keep them in some sort of order. I’m not sure if I will need to make sub-folders or not. It might be a good idea, but I need some input.

I’d like to thank Lorine McGinnis Schulze for creating her book Writing Your Memoirs for Descendants and making it available in Kindle format as well as book form. I do believe this will be a timeless book that can be used generation after generation.

Memorial Day: Honoring America’s fallen

SAN DIEGO, May 24, 2016 – Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday commemorating fallen veterans, observed annually on the last Monday in May. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was first celebrated in 1868 following the end of the Civil War, as an attempt to heal a divided nation while also honoring the soldiers… [Read more…]

Sampson Go Mic and FlipPal™ Story Scans Are A Family Match Made In Heaven

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What’s the use of recording your family photo’s history if your recording isn’t top notch? In my book, I want the best, and I’ve found that the good people at FlipPal ™ now have a premier portable USB device that clips right on your MAC or PC.

Samson Go Mic portable USB microphone Here’s what it says on the FlipPal site about this recording device.

Samson Go Mic

$44.99

The Samson Go Mic is perfect for recording voice for StoryScans talking images, retaining the full fidelity of the speaker and reducing background noise. It records impeccable CD quality audio. Superior to the microphone that is built into laptop, phone, or tablet that is prone to hum, hiss, and tinny sound. Connect to your PC or Mac using USB – no drivers required.

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