I’m such a good family historian that I forgot to call Dad on his birthday yesterday.
So here’s your belated birthday card, Dad, from my office to yours (this is the view from my office window–oops, a bit of pruning needed there)! I hope you’re scanning and editing away at old photos and otherwise having a great day.
On Dad’s birthday back in 1987, my sister Bonnie envisioned, scripted, cast, and directed a Betamax video comprised of several short comedic sketches. After nearly two hours of filming we discovered the lens cover was on the camera for most of the outdoor shots. Dad was due home from work any minute. So Bonnie, having not only a creative but also a very flexible mind, quickly adapted the show for indoor filming and we did the whole thing again. Lens cover off.
Bonnie is an expert these days at digital on-screen graphics, but in that video we made the title graphics out of poster board. The last letter D from the title Happy Birthday, Dad, is attached to the poster board with one of those metal brads that punches through paper. That way it could fall to the side, hinting at the fractured fairy tale story line that was to come.
Some other time I’ll write about the sketches themselves. The falling letter D pretty much sums it up for now, though.
Here’s a slide show from Mom and Dad’s visit here over Holy Week.