I came across some old family papers my father had sent me when
I was still in college. “For the family archivist” he
had written on the note accompanying them.
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been interested not only in
my own family history, but in that of others. On buses, trains and
planes, I’ve asked people to tell me about their lives. In
particular, I’m interested in hearing from so-called “oldtimers.”
There is something about recording their oral history that not only
preserves the past, but enlightens the present and inspires the
In my job as a television producer, I have the opportunity to meet
many people from many walks of life. Sometimes I’ll talk to,
read or hear about someone, and even though they don’t fit
the context of the current project I’m producing, I’ll
make a mental note that I should revisit them.
Out of such ideas has grown a subset of “Outdoor Idaho”
programs called “Never Say Quit.” The title is self-explanatory.
These are documentaries about people who aren’t letting age
keep them from their passions. I hope that in telling their stories,
we have kept them and their contributions alive for those who will
come after them.
---Marcia Franklin, producer, “Outdoor Idaho.”
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