Archive for the ‘Family History’ Category

“The Rat Patrol – – The World War II North African missions of an Allied commando patrol squad of the Long Range Desert Group.”

February 25, 2017

I can’t remember what got me thinking about this the other day, but this was one of my family’s favorite programs when I was a kid.It turns out the first episode, along with other episodes, is in on YouTube.

“Flight of the Blackbird: The how, what and why of the incredible SR-71”

February 22, 2017

A history of the SR-71, which has always been a favorite of my father.


February 18, 2017

Today I discovered this Ph D dissertation available online. My father was a B-47 pilot in the Strategic Air Command. Our 1958 Chevrolet family car bore SAC decal in the upper corner on the driver’s side – – it was there from when my father was stationed at March Air Force Base. I’m glad I found this resource, and am looking forward to reviewing in the future.


“The stories you tell about your past shape your future.”

February 11, 2017

Quoted on page 32 of You Can Write Your Family History by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack.

The quote is attributed to Eric Ransdell, a filmmaker (interviewed here), but an Internet search showed the quote is also attributed to Eric Russell, I assume the British science fiction writer?

DVDs on RedBox that My Parents Might Want to See (December 27, 2016)

December 29, 2016

I gave my parents a Redbox gift card for Christmas.  This gift card is used by making online reservations at a specific kiosk and then picking up the DVD at the kiosk.  This requires setting up a Redbox account, entering the gift card information in the account, and associating a credit card with the account (the credit card has to be swept at the kiosk when pickup up the DVD).  All of that is done, but I’m also helping my parents reserve DVD’s, and am making them aware of films on Redbox they may want to see.

Below are films for my parents to consider for this week, linked to the wepage for the film (which typically includes descriptive information and a video preview).  My criteria (which I apply with some flexibility) for films making this list are: 1) available in DVD format (my parents do not have a Blu-ray player); 2) rating of PG-13 or lower; 3) IMDb rating of about 6.5 or higher (with a significant number of viewers); 4) subjective assessment of whether the film would potentially appeal to my parents.

I’ll try to update this weekly – – I understand Redbox updates its portfolio of available films at 12:00 am each Tuesday.

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Dark Horse

Dad’s Army

Florence Foster Jenkins

Harley and the Davidsons

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Me Before You


Now You See Me

Miracles from Heaven

The Confirmation