Interviewing Interesting People

Stories with grandpa on the beach

A few days ago while listening to NPR I heard an interview with Sherry Lansing,  a woman I had never heard of who is pretty remarkable. She has had an amazing life and career, including becoming the first woman to run a major movie studio (20th Century Fox). Later as CEO of Paramount Pictures she released movies including “Forrest Gump”, “Braveheart”, and “Titanic”. As I was listening to her struggles and accomplishments she reminded me of how ordinary even the most extraordinary people truly are.

My experience with interviewing

About 5 years ago I decided to interview my grandparents so I could make sure their stories were always alive. I still have those recordings and need to figure out what to do with them now. Just knowing they are available is comforting. My next task is to interview my parents. The older I get the more I learn about my parents. I am amazed at how extraordinary they are! When I was younger I thought they were just ordinary parents with the same stories every other parent told. I wonder, if we interviewed every important person in our lives would their stories be as interesting as the people who have biographies written about them? I have a feeling they would.