Posts Tagged ‘McHatton’

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

Peter Allen talks about Johnny Myers – Part 1

October 23, 2009

John Hempelmann – CEO of Cairncross & Hempelmann

August 16, 2009
Director RJ McHatton with John Hempelmann

Director RJ McHatton with John Hempelmann

I really enjoyed my interview with John Hempelmann, CEO of Cairncross & Hempelmann, one of the largest and most successful law firms in the Northwest.  John told me some great stories about how he was mentored by the late great Senator Skoop Jackson and Congressman Tom Foley to go into law instead of teaching.  John talked with pride about how his team has created such a wonderful, effective, and positive work culture.  John gave me a terrific tour of the great artwork of Northwest masters thtoughout his entire office.  John was so enthusiastic and passionate about his team and his artwork, that I became an instant fan.

Bob Frause interview

August 16, 2009
Director RJ McHatton with Bob Frause

Director RJ McHatton with Bob Frause

We were asked to go interview Bob Frause at Frause in Seattle for the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Best Workplaces” video project.  Bob is the CEO of a PR company named after himself in Seattle.  I was very impressed with Bob’s philosophy about the importance of ethics and treating people right.  Bob is a great guy who really believes the secret to success is to have a great attitude and to always serve others.  You can learn more about Bob and his team at www.frause.com

Gordy Graham on Transitions

August 16, 2009
Gordy Graham with Joe Cargill

Gordy Graham with Joe Cargill

Gordy Graham stopped by to brainstorm about a new series of Videos he wants to make about the topic of Transitions.  I have known Gordy Graham for over 20 years now and he always makes me think about life and change.  I took Gordy into our green screen studio and started recording some of his thoughts about transitions.  Gordy feels that so many Americans are going through transitions, whether it be transitions from the loss of a job or transitions from divorce or the transition from changing of a career path or the loss of a 401k.  We agreed that Gordy was right on about the need for such a video DVD.  So we set up a time for Gordy to come into our studio to record his new DVD on Transitions (COMING SOON).

Joe Cargile — Spanish Voice Over Recording

August 16, 2009
Joe Cargill records Spanish Voice Over for Director RJ McHatton

Joe Cargile records Spanish Voice Over for Director RJ McHatton

Joe Cargile is an intern visiting from Auburn, Alabama, helping Cathy Crosslin with her new company InStar Performance.   Once we heard that Joe had spent a year in Spain, we recruited him to record a Spanish-language Voice Over for a series of videos from a seminar by nationally known motivational speaker, Gordon Graham.  I first met Joe’s father when I went back to Saginaw, Michigan to interview several employees and managers at Plant 6 of Delphi Steering.  Joe’s father Curt was one of those I interviewed there in Saginaw.  Joe turned out to be an awesome speaker in the Spanish-language, so the recording sessions went well.  We shot four hours worth of Spanish language with Joe.  Next stop is the actual editing of the language tracks into the video footage.

Scott O’Brien – interview for his father’s Video Biography

August 16, 2009
Director RJ McHatton with Scott O'Brien

Director RJ McHatton with Scott O'Brien

It was a gorgeous day as we drove up to Cashmere, WA .  We decided to go interview Scott O’Brien for his dad’s video biography on our way to a family funeral down in Oregon.  My Suburban was occupied by my son Jason and my great-granddaughter Virdenna.  It was one of the hottest days of the year in the Seattle area, so it was fun to go up in the higher elevations towards Cashmere.  Cashmere is located north of Cle Elum in Central Washington.  Scott had hired us to make a professional Video Biography on the Life and Times of his father Michael O’Brien.  Over the past few months I had interviewed Mike several times up in Edmonds and several of his kids.  Scott was to be our final interview for this project.  As we arrived at Scott’s business, Jim’s Auto Sales, we were very impressed with the cool selection of cars on his lot.  Scott did a super interview.  We went ahead and shot lots of footage of the cars and trucks and did another interview of Scott for a possible TV commercial we want to do for him.  You can see a short clip from our Video biography of Michael O’Brien by clicking here:  VIDEO CLIP

Lissa Myers Wolfe – Daughter to Johnny Myers

July 20, 2009
Lissa Myers Wolfe with Director RJ McHatton

Lissa Myers Wolfe with Director RJ McHatton

We drove to Pismo Beach to meet with Johnny Myers only daughter, Lissa and her son William.  Lissa was very nice to us.  She led us to her garage where there were tons of boxes full of photos, newspaper clippings, and memories of John and Lucia Myers.  We spent the afternoon shooting and capturing digital versions of all the incredible memorabilia.  Looking through the boxes brought back a lot of memories for Lissa.  As we went photo by photo, Lissa was kind enough to tell us incredible stories behind each moment that the photograghs had captured with Johnny Myers.  Lissa told us stories about Johnny’s father,  her grandfather, who was a Justice on the California Supreme Court.  She talked about her parents and her older brother Lou, who had passed away many years ago.  She showed us some great photos from Johnny Myers career as a test pilot, and a terrific shot of Johnny as a kid on a horse when he was going to the prep school Thacher.  She talked about Johnny’s love for polo and for flying.  Lissa told us about how she learned to fly when she was only 15.   Her eyes lit up and then filled with tears as we started looking through a massive collection of beautiful photos of her mother Lucia.  Lucia was a stunning, strong woman who was on the board of several large organizations including Bank of America, at a time when there weren’t many women on Boards.  Lissa showed us a large book from Northrop with lots of great stories about the test pilot days of Johnny Myers when he was testing the P-61 Night Fighter and the experimental Flying Wing.  There were some incredible pictures of when Johnny Myers saved the life of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.  We are very thankful to Lissa for allowing us to come into her home and to go through all her boxes.  Our next return trip here will be to interview Lissa for our documentary “The Flying Man:  Life and Times of Johnny Myers.”  To learn more about this project, go to www.flyingmandocumentary.com

Tom Jones – former CEO of Northrop, Friend to Johnny Myers

July 14, 2009
Director RJ McHatton with Tom Jones

Director RJ McHatton with Tom Jones

Tom Jones was very clear.  He did not want to talk about anything where he wasn’t actually there.  Tom said that he would be happy to talk about John Myers because he was a “Friend for Life.”  Tom Jones has led a very interesting life, including many years as CEO of Northrop Grumman.  But today we were there to interview Tom about his good friend Johnny Myers for our new documentary “The Flying Man–The Life and Times of Johnny Myers.”  I was hoping that Tom would be able to give us some insight into Johnny Myers’ years working for Northrop.  But it is easy to forget that Johnny Myers lived to be way over 90 years old.  Tom really didn’t want to talk about those days.  He wanted to talk about John Myers, the man.  Tom said that he couldn’t pinpoint the first time he met John Myers because he seemed that they had lived their whole life as friends.  John and Tom were in many clubs and organizations together.  We talked about how John used to go to the Country Club a lot but that he did not play golf.  John wanted to see his friends.  Tom talked about how much John loved his wife Lucia.  He said that Lucia was a beautiful and wonderful wife to John Myers.  Tom told me some great stories about John Myers and how he was truly a remarkable human being.  Tom said that John Myers was a gentleman, a person with impecable integrity and strong will.  Tom said that John Myers was the kind of man you looked up to, someone who always had a great attitude about life and was always looking for ways to help others.  I could tell that Tom Jone was a life-long friend of John Myers and that they both had some common traits – including kindness and respect for others.  I really enjoyed my interview with Tom Jones.  He is a real nice man.

Eric Rhoads – Personal Jet & Helicopter Pilot for Johnny Myers

July 14, 2009
Eric Rhoads w RJ

Director RJ McHatton with pilot Eric Rhoads

Eric Rhoads is a lucky guy.  He was hired to be the personal jet and helicopter pilot for the legendary aviator and businessman Johnny Myers.  We drove down to Redondo Beach to meet with Eric for our new documentary “The Flying Man” about the Life and Times of Johnny Myers.  Eric sat down and started grinning as he remembered “Myers” as he called him.  Eric first met John Myers about three years before he died, when Eric was hired to be his pilot.  Over the years they became good friends.  Eric said that his life was changed for the better because of the wisdom and character and integrity he learned from John Myers.  Eric said that “Myers” was a “hand-shake” type of a guy.  Someone who was bigger than life, someone who once he became your friend, you could count on being a friend for life.  Eric talked about John’s love for the outdoors and for his dog Gus.  He told great stories about flying with John Myers and Gus.   He said that John Myers might not be well known in the general population community, but that among the pilot friends he knew, John Myers was a true to life hero.  Eric said that everywhere he went, he saw how people lit up with enthusiasm when they met John Myers.  Eric said that John was well respected among people all around the world.  Eric talked about when he flew with John to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.  when they introduced the P-61 Black Widow Night Fighter that John Myers was the original test pilot.  He talked about the man he was fortunate to call friend.  Eric talked about his many tripw with John Myers up to the Flying M Ranch in Merced, where John ran a real cattle ranch.  He said that John Myers loved cattle and ranching.  We talked about John Myers love for boating up at Big Bear and his joy for driving fast cars.  Overall Eric kept talking about the wisdom and integrity and character of John Myers.  He talked about the good friendships that John Myers had built up over a lifetime well into his 90s.  He talked about the last time John Myers flew a helicopter and how thrilling it was to see the master fly it perfectly.  I could tell that Eric enjoyed his time with John Myers and that he would never forget the lessons he learned from that tall man with the dog.