Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Help! Upcoming Interview

One of the great old men in the congregation I attend is a veteran of World War II. Fact is, we have several WW II vets at San Jacinto. But there's something unique about this one man: he was a part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He's never seen "Saving Private Ryan." Doesn't seem too interested.

Anyway, I asked him if I might interview him about his experiences and memories. He said yes. I haven't done many interviews. And I really don't know that much about the Second World War. I'd appreciate any help you can give me. Here are some of my questions:

1. What are the best ways to begin an interview?

2. Can you tell me something I especially need to know (or read) getting ready for this interview?

3. If you could ask my subject a question, what would it be?

Thanks for any help you can give me.


Anonymous said...

what impact did it have--good or bad--on his faith?

is he in touch with other living soldiers from his group?

has he visiting the memorial at Normandy beach?


Carisse said...

Start with what is the name of the person being interviewed, the date of the interview, the location, and the name of the interviewer. Be sure all that is embedded in the interview, or when it gets separated from the recording, it's lost.

Frank Bellizzi said...

Thanks, Brian and Carisse. My interview of Roy Kiser went pretty well. He's a good-natured former church elder who likes to talk. I'm still trying to get my mind wrapped around some of his stories of old West Texas and the Second World War.