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  • Diane Mack: Films bring back rush of memories

  • Almost a year ago, I found some 16 mm film at my parents’ house. There were 13 reels of film, some dated from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. My dad was a real enthusiast about filming family activities.

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  • Almost a year ago, I found some 16 mm film at my parents’ house. There were 13 reels of film, some dated from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. My dad was a real enthusiast about filming family activities.
    I knew it had been some time since anyone had seen the reels. So I asked my siblings if I could take the reels back to Missouri and get them transferred onto a DVD. They told me to have fun with it.
    It was easy to find a business to transfer the film onto a DVD and, within a short time, the transfer was complete. I could hardly wait to view them.
    All 11 of the 5-inch tapes and two 7-inch tapes were transferred onto one DVD, and photos from the film covered the plastic DVD case.
    When I popped the DVD into my computer, I was shocked that there was no sound. Then I remembered that the old movie cameras did not tape or produce sound.
    In spite of that, the DVD was wonderful. Where do I begin?
    The DVD starts with a clip of my oldest sister Laura as a toddler with my parents. I would guess that this portion was from 1949.
    Next, there was video of our annual Christmas get-together at my grandfather’s farm. With one camera swoop of the room, I saw my aunts, uncles, cousins and our family exchanging our $1 gifts. What memories!
    The video then shifted to our home and my dad’s Christmas yard with a moving train and gorgeous Christmas tree. On the same clip was another Christmas celebration with my father’s side of the family all huddled around the train yard.
    I saw both of my grandfathers. Oh how I miss them.
    Then, out of nowhere, there was a segment of a high school baseball game, every inning of it. My sister Judy had to have taped this game. She was a busy little lady.
    Anyway, back to the home – the video took me to a snow fight in the back yard. I was 11 years old. My sisters Debbie and Lindy and I were happily, plastering each other with snow.
    After our one-minute snow fight, the video shifts back to my sister Judy and her senior prom. Judy’s horn-rimmed glasses, fake fur stole, pink chiffon gown and her date’s ’60s Chevy made me laugh.
    I had the urge to yell, “Mom, Judy is taping herself again!”
    The video moves to an outdoor concert at our high school, where I sang a solo, “Up, Up and Away.” I was so glad there was no sound.
    Then, we're back again to Judy filming a high school football game. I was shocked to see the football helmets. Let's just say there was no protection.
    Page 2 of 2 - Without rambling on, I viewed my gorgeous mom with her pageboy hair cut and slim waist, and my dad, so healthy and strong, looking like Sal Mineo. The video took me back in time to the New York World’s Fair, the Seven Springs Youth Conference, a July 4th celebration and my dad's old work truck.
    The video was 41 minutes long, so I watched it again and again.
    As soon as I was engrossed in a piece of family history, the video would shift to Judy’s tape of a soccer game, then, Judy at a track meet, then, Judy at a summer church camp, then Judy’s graduation party and …
    No matter, I treasured the memories.
     
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