Posts Tagged ‘memoir’

Video Biography of Marilyn Ferguson

October 13, 2014

It’s been a terrific experience to be creating a fantastic Video Biography of Marilyn Ferguson. I was so impressed with her story of meeting her husband on a train during World War II. And they were married over 50 years. It always amazes me how one chance moment can change a life into a whole new direction. Fascinating story of an Air Force family who traveled all over the world to serve our country. Very nice people.

The Ferguson Family

Ferguson family picture

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Interview with Jack Cooper – Veteran WWII

October 13, 2014

I really enjoyed meeting and doing a video biography interview with Jack Cooper, a US Navy veteran from World War II. Jack enlisted in the Navy in Oct 1942 and served under Admiral Billingsly. Jack was instrumental in setting up an ordinance school in Maryland to help people handle bombs and guns more safely. He also was on a ship that sunk an enemy submarine. Jack told me some great stories about living in California back when he was a kid. I really am blessed to be able to meet these guys with incredible stories.

Jack Cooper

Jack Cooper

Interview with Lorin Myring – Veteran of Iwo Jima battle

October 13, 2014

I really enjoyed interviewing US Marine, Lorin Myring, who served in World War II with the Navajo code talkers at one of America’s toughest war battles, Iwo Jima. Lorin was in the Iwo Jima battle for 36 days and 36 nights.

Photo by Bend Bulletin photographer, Kevin Prieto

Lorin Myring with RJ McHatton

lorin myring with rj

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 Nish Zundel

October 13, 2014

It’s been a fantastic experience creating the Video Biography of Nish Zundel from Salt Lake City. Nish has lived an amazing life. From jet fighter pilot to gold miner to entrepreneur. Nish Zundel really has led a Wonderful Life. I am proud to help create his video biography.

Here is a testimonial from Nish’s son Matt who commissioned RJ to make a video biography of Nish Zundel.

“I was at a football game with my good friend and client John Foley and I mentioned some frustrations my family was experiencing in getting a biography book made about my father. John said I should think about doing a video biography and that his good friend RJ McHatton actually has been doing video biographies for years and for clients all over the world. RJ and I connected on the phone and he sent me several samples of RJ’s work I could see online. We put together an agreement and RJ flew into Salt Lake City to interview my father. RJ was caring and did a great job in making my father and family feel comfortable during the interview process. My family and I enjoyed working with RJ. He made the video biography process fun and this experience has actually helped bring our family closer together. I think having this video biography of my father will become a priceless part of our family legacy. To see and hear my father tell his life story in his own words and with his own unique voice captured forever is amazing, inspiring, and very important.

J. Matt Zundel
Salt Lake City, Utah

Here is a picture of Nish Zundel when he was a fighter pilot in the US Air Force.

nish zundel pilot

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

US Army General Julius Braun

October 12, 2011


US Army Brigadier General Julius Braun (ret) with RJ McHatton
I enjoyed my interview with US Army Brigadier General Julius Braun who served in WW2, Korea, worked with Dr. Von Braun and German scientists on rockets, missiles and Space program.
Julius’ father was a famous US General killed in WWII.  Like father like son, they both became Generals.

US Army General Gustav J. Braun. 
US ARMY Brigadier General Gustav J. Braun, Jr. was the Assistant Division Commander of the 34th Division at the time of his death in 1945 in combat in Italy.
He was the highest ranking US soldier killed in action during WWII.

Alice Tsukuno – Video Biography

June 29, 2009

Alice Tsukuno – Video Biography

RJ with Alice Tsukuno and her son Steve

It was really a special day for me to meet Alice Tsukuno and her son Steve. We drove over to meet Alice at her new home in Seattle to record her video biography. Her son Steve had purchased the Video Biography for his mother at an auction benefiting the Eastside Domestic Violence fundraiser.

Alice did a super interview. I learned so much about how life was in Seattle in the years prior to World War II. Then Alice told me how she and her family were evacuated to camps during the War. Her parents lived in Seattle so they were sent to camps in Puyallup and then to Idaho. Alice got married to Junior whose family lived out of town, so she and Junior were sent to camps down near Fresno. Then she and Junior went to live in Chicago until the end of the war, working for a family for $45 per month.

After the war, Alice and Junior came back to Seattle and opened up a grocery store, which they had for over 28 years.

I was very inspired by my interview with Alice. She is a kind and articulate person who lived a wonderful life during some interesting times. She has no regrets and just appreciates her time spending with her children and grandchildren.