Sunday, February 8, 2015

Preserving History One Person At A Time

The Curmudgeon Cafe is the idea of my father Rob Lewis. Rob's idea was to create an environment for the younger generation to learn from the older generation and present their knowledge through new media like YouTube and podcasting. I started working with my father on the concept for the Curmudgeon Cafe almost a year ago, using my grandfathers as guinea pigs I created several short videos for YouTube and this concept for the Curmudgeon Cafe fell by the wayside. You can find these preliminary videos on the Curmudgeon Cafe YouTube.

After spending time working on other projects for a while I decided to sit down with my dad and ask him to just tell me about his life. That is what we did, we sat down in the middle of a Shari's Diner and we recorded. I had no idea what I was going to use the audio for but to keep it for posterity. In the middle of that recording it struck me that this is what the Curmudgeon Cafe is an audio podcast of people telling their stories.

The Curmudgeon Cafe Podcast is about preserving history on a personal level.  Preserving the stories, oral traditions and anecdotes of a single person in each episode. I have always loved listening to people tell stories about their life, childhood, education, military service, careers, and hobbies.  That is what I want to capture and preserve with the Curmudgeon Cafe Podcast. The feeling of meeting someone for the first time and listening to them tell their story.

Season One

For the first season of the Curmudgeon Cafe Podcast each episode will be the life story of a single individual told in their own voice.  I've conducted several interviews already, but I'm still looking for people with interesting life stories to interview.  If you or someone you know has an an interesting live story please contact me at Benjamin@CurmudgeonCafe.net with some information about yourself or the person you are suggesting for an interview.  

The first episode of season one will be released February, 16th 2015.  After that the plan is to release one new episode every Monday for 12 weeks.