Archive for January, 2007

Telling your story with StoryCorps

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If you’re an NPR junkie, you are probably already familiar with StoryCorps – a group dedicated to capturing regular average Joe stories and memories through public-conducted interviews with friends and family. They make a professional recording, give participants a CD of their interview and archive the interview in the Library of Congress. Good stuff.

StoryCorps is setting up a temporary Houston story recording booth (in a funky old-skool trailer) in front of the Houston Museum of Natural Science from January 11th to February 3rd.

You have to make a reservation to get in, but frustratingly enough their online reservation calendar has shown up booked from the very minute it was available. If you’re interested, you might try calling their reservation line (800) 850-4406 for help or consider sponsoring a StoryBooth recording space for fellow Houstonians to share their stories.

The Six Wards of Houston

The Old Sixth Ward Neighborhood Association recorded residents of the neighborhood talking about their houses and what the character of the neighborhood means to them. There are currently four videos up – Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three, Volume Four.

Houston Chronicle: Group trying to preserve old Sixth Ward character posts front-porch testimonials on YouTube.com

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If you’re a Houston transplant like I am you probably have no idea what a ward is much less where they all are. Here’s a great run-down of the Six Wards of Houston. The Houston Chronicle has a feature on the wards with a helpful map. Looking it over, one of the things you’ll likely realize is how much of Houston you’ve never set foot in. May I suggest a New Year’s Resolution? Get out there and do some local tourism!!!

Be a star, and pick up some pocket change

NBC is coming to Houston to check out possible contestants for a new show.

“Fortune” gives multimillionaires the opportunity to share their wealth and see firsthand how they can make a difference in the lives of people like you.

You don’t need to sing or dance or travel the world. All that’s required is a need for money and, most importantly, to be able to impress the judges — and ultimately the multimillionaires — with your story in just 60 seconds.

When & Where ?
Sunday, Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Marriott West Loop by The Galleria
1750 West Loop S.
Houston, TX 77027

Better plan on being there all day because if it is anything like any of the other reality show casting calls the line will be massive.

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