Posts Tagged ‘documentary’

Interview with Joseph Gallagher – Vietnam Veteran

October 13, 2014

Had an amazing video biography interview yesterday with Joseph M. Gallagher who served in the First Marine Division, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Kilo Company, First Platoon in the US Marine Corp as a rifleman and “tunnel rat” in the Vietnam War. Joseph told me he enlisted as a Marine in1966 knowing he would probably go to Vietnam. It wasn’t long before he was there and in battle his first day. Mr. Gallagher fought in several battles at places with names like Hill 55. He talked about the day he was shot up several times by the enemy in a rice patty. He told me the heroic story of a fellow Marine who risked his own life in the middle of the battle to pick up Joseph, put him over his shoulder and carry him 100 meters to a medic. The medic worked on Joseph for 45 long minutes until the dual rotor helicopter picked him up in a rain of gunfire shooting everywhere. Joseph talked about some of the difficulties he experienced once he got back home, but he had a great family who supported him. Joseph said he talks to that Marine who saved his life every week on the phone. He says his friend lives in New Jersey. Joseph earned the Purple Heart and eight other medals during his service as a US Marine.

Joseph Gallagher with RJ McHatton

Joseph Gallagher vietnam


Video Biography of Kathleen Pulsipher

October 13, 2014

I am so blessed to have made a video biography of a wonderful artist, mother, grandmother, and woman of faith.  I was totally inspired by this incredible woman, Kathleen Pulsipher.

Here is Kathleen’s testimonial about the experience of getting her video biography made by RJ.

“RJ McHatton is a highly skilled video biographer. His technical expertise is top-notch, yet RJ has the creative ability to know how and where to place the visual and the audio elements. He was able to take my ideas and refine them into a much better plan than the one I had envisioned.
RJ was not just interested in me as a client, but as a person whose story he wanted to present in the absolute most memorable way possible. He helped me see the impact my story will have on my descendants sixty years from now. RJ is personable and willing to make certain I was pleased with every part of the video. I highly recommend him to anyone interested in quality and efficiency.”

Kathleen Pulsipher
Salt Lake City, Utah

Kat Engagement pic for newspaper '68

Great article about RJ in “Ageless Magazine”

October 13, 2014

Great article in the Ageless Section of the Bend Bulletin about RJ McHatton’s video biography experiences: CLICK HERE

Buzz Aldrin – Astronaut

February 3, 2010

Interview with Buzz Aldrin

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin with RJ McHatton

It was fantastic interviewing Buzz Aldrin about his life and times.  He is a man

with determination and focus on the future.  Buzz gave a terrific two hour interview

about his childhood, his school years, his time in the service as a fighter pilot,

his time in the service as a fighter pilot, his shooting down two MIGs in the Korean War,

his time as an astronaut, and a great deal of great stories about his life since Apollo.

Buzz totally focuses on inspiring us to not give up on Space Exploration.

He feels we should skip the moon and head straight to Mars.  He is a great, enthusiastic inspiration.

Here is a link to the video I made about Buzz Aldrin for the Living Legends of Aviation.

Let me know what you think of my video.

Peter Allen talks about Johnny Myers – Part 1

October 23, 2009

Peter Allen talks about Johnny Myers – Part 2

October 23, 2009

Carroll Shelby talks about John Myers (“Flying Man”)

October 7, 2009

I really enjoyed meeting Carroll Shelby. He talked alot about his growing, his father, his heroes, and car racing. Here he talks about his friend John Myers aka “Flying Man.”

To learn more about this documentary go to

Tom Jones remembers his friend John Myers (“Flying Man”)

October 7, 2009

Here is a short video from our interview with Tom Jones for my documentary film “Flying Man: Life and Times of John Myers.”

You can learn more about this film at

John Gavin – Actor (“Psycho”), Ambassador to Mexico, Friend of Johnny Myers

September 3, 2009
Director RJ McHatton with John Gavin

Director RJ McHatton with John Gavin

John Gavin during acting career

John Gavin during acting career

I drove up the windy road up to the top of the hill looking over Beverly Hills and to all of LA, to the home of John Gavin.  I was there to interview John Gavin for my documentary “Flying Man: Life and Times of Johnny Myers.”  John Gavin was a successful actor in Hollywood during the 50s and 60s, in movies like “Psycho” for Alfred Hitchcock.  He also was a successful businessman and then became the Ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan.  John was also a good friend of Johnny Myers for over 25 years.  John likes to be called “Jack” Gavin.  We sat together as I recorded on video his memories of his friendship with Johnny Myers.  I could tell that Jack Gavin stilled misses Johnny Myers.  Jack talked about how he met John Myers at the Sunset Club.  Jack talked about the good times he had with Johnny Myers.  He talked about their times at the Los Angeles Country Club and at the Bohemian Grove outings.  Jack Gavin talked about John Myers the man.  He told me that Johnny Myers was a wise man, a humble man, a man whom he admired very much.  Jack talked about flying with Johnny Myers.  He told a story about how Johnny Myers could do rolls with the aircraft without anyone ever spilling their drinks.  He talked about the character of John Myers.  Jack talked about Lucia Myers and how she was the first woman on the Bank of America Board of Directors.  Jack talked about Johnny Myers’ sense of humor and how he used to call himself “skinhead” because of his balding hairline.  Jack Gavin said it must have been contagious, pointing to his own hairline with a smile.  Jack was very nice in our interview and he did a great job in describing many excellent stories about John Myers.  He talked about the great aviation stories that Johnny Myers would tell, only if asked.  He said that Myers wasn’t the type of person who talked about the past unless you dragged it out of him.  Jack Gavin talked about how kind Johnny Myers was to everyone and how he had great courage.  Not the kind of courage one brags about.  The humble kind of courage. I could tell that Jack Gavin had many fond memories of his experiences with John Myers.   Thanks, Jack Gavin, for taking the time to talk about your friend, Johnny Myers.

H. Russell Smith – Businessman, Philanthropist, Friend to Johnny Myers

September 2, 2009


H. Russell Smith with Director RJ McHatton

H. Russell Smith with Director RJ McHatton

It was a little bit smokey over in Pasadena this afternoon.  There was a 120,000 acre fire up in the foothills.  But it was pretty nice down in Pasadena.  I was there to interview H. Russell Smith, former CEO of Avery Dennison and good friend of Johnny Myers for over 75 years.  Russ had agreed to be interviewed for my new documentary “Flying Man: Life and Times of Johnny Myers.”  Russ was originally from Ohio and his family settled into the Whittier area in the 1920s.  Russ had some great stories about his youth and his family history.  His family were Quaker farmers who raised Russ with tremendous values and integrity.  Russ went to high school with Richard Nixon.  Russ always had interest in economics and political science so he won a scholarship to Pomona College where he was the captain of the track team.  After college Russ went to work for Kidder Peabody investment banking in New York City.  This was in the middle of the Great Depression.  He spent a year working in Switzerland during the late 1930s. Upon returning to the US, he worked for a year with Blue Diamond until the war started.  He served in the US Navy during WWII.  After the war he took a leadership role in Avery Adhesives (later Avery Dennison) where he rose to CEO.  He first met John Myers through John’s lovely wife Lucia.  Over the years John Myers and Russ Smith became close friends.  They were in a lot of clubs together including the California Club and the very exclusive Sunset Club.  Russ told me some great stories about his friendship with John Myers, including some of his fun flying adventures together.  Russ talked about Lucia Myers and her terrific personality and wisdom.  Russ did a fantastic interview and I really appreciate having the opportunity to meet him.  Russ talked about how John Myers was a handshake type of man.  I could see that Russ Smith was that type of man, too.  Russ and I talked about family history and biography.  He showed me two books he had written, one about his life and one about the letters he wrote to his mother throughout his life.  Russ signed his autobiography book and gave it to me.  I am grateful for his generosity.  As I started reading his book I learned how many charities and important causes that Russ has helped over the years and the list is long.  Pomona College.  Childrens Hospital. Philharmonic.  Psoriasis Research. The list goes on.  Russ is an inspiring man in many ways.