I’m not going to lie — I enjoy meeting famous people just like the next guy. I’m amused by brushing elbows with celebrities, although I no longer will breathlessly ask for a picture or autograph if the situation is awkward or if I am in a professional setting.
But often, the more exposure I have to a celebrity, the less impressed I am.
The most gratifying moments of my journalism career have been capturing the untold stories of remarkable people who deserve a helluva lot more attention than Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton.
Back in the 1920s, pilot Anne Wood-Kelly was told that little girls didn’t learn how to fly airplanes. In the 1930s, she was told that teenage girls didn’t learn how to fly airplanes. In the 1940s, she left Maine to volunteer for the British Royal Air Force to ferry planes to fight the Nazis.
My grandfather, Abraham “Bob” Tubin, never flew any Spitfire planes. He drove a Boston Herald delivery truck and his life adventure was busting his butt to support his family.
I’m privileged to be involved with a new personal documentary film business called “Reel Profiles,” which seeks to preserve the stories of people like Anne Wood and Grandpa Bob forever. In a much more engaging, dynamic and professional way than the traditional scrapbook or photo slideshow — in a way that harvests archival research and incorporates American history and world events.
Reel Profile documentaries include personal life stories, military histories, family histories, business profiles and celebrations of religious and nonprofit organizations that make an amazing impact on people’s lives.
A personal documentary is the kind of investment that can’t be wiped out by a crappy economy. I believe genealogy buffs would love to capture their family history for future generations. And that many people would love to commission films to celebrate their personal heroes, hopefully for them to appreciate at a tribute dinner, birthday or anniversary celebration.
If you know of any such people, please send them my way!