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 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

The other day when I had a hour to spare in this hectic life I was going through my garage and came upon something interesting. It was a book I did about 10 years ago when I was on the subway to and from work in New York. I decided to list in deep thought every person I knew since childhood . One giant list, it was a challenge of memory, but it was a wonderful portal to the past. It brought back so many memories of my life that i have long forgotten as the years and decades go by. It took me many subway rides and days at about an hour at a time to do the giant list. A list that of course could not really be complete, like obscure films there will always be some people in our lives even after some deep thinking that will fall through the cracks of our memories. Not only doing the list was it pleasurable, but like it has been said often , a writer greatest pleasure is he or she has written. Digging the book out the other day I realize how great it was to at the time to do such a book and list. I said to myself I must in the future update it for the last ten years. In which many more people can be added. I thought by doing such a list of the past i can continue the memory flow of my life.It also made me think while I have kept a diary of my life for decades i regret i didn't keep a diary of my life during my teen years. That would have been fascinating to me. Has anyone out there ever did such a project? I find such a project very spiritually warm, touching bringing a peaceful acceptance of my life and life itself as we go on our journey to our inevitable destinies. It made me think that people who meant a lot to us in the past, will we ever even think of them before we die again?There must be time for these people in our heads even if it is just for a few minutes in our lives.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I've kept a personal journal at times throughout my life starting in 1973 when I went to Italy with Parents and sister. I was 16 years old. And then in 1976 after being encouraged by an acting teacher in College, I started keeping them again. After that my journals were mostly for my years in L.A. 1984 - 2003. I still keep a journal almost daily and when I do a theatrical show detailing the production progress ala Charlton Heston's journals. I'd also make lists of things, like favorite movies and film scores and composers etc.

In one of my L.A. Journals back in the late 80's - early 90's I started collecting actor friends 8 x 10's and just photos of friends/girlfriends I met and worked with. I made a somewhat shrunken down photo copy of the photo and placed it in my journals, that were at that time those sort of smaller 6 x 9 lined notebooks that had the black and white covers. So I'd have the photo of the person and under it I would write or type a paragraph or two about the person and what I remember about them. How we met or things that stuck out about this person in my life. I did this also with famous people I met in the entertainment and movie and TV industry as well. Really fun to do and brings back great memories of a time of adventure in your life. I called the whole section in that one journal "The People of My Life".

A lot of my journals of my youthful days really crack me up now. I can really see how my mind grew and what silly things that were important to me back then, now just seem so crazy and stupid. Memories of old girlfriends and relationships and situations at work. Great fun. I always thought, what would I do with them when I got older and would I ever let anyone see my personal journals? Would I burn them before the end? I'm sure if people found them after I'm gone, they'd have a few chuckles and a lot of surprises.

Great topic Dan the Man! Thanks for letting me share! I encourage journal writing and list keeping whole heartedly.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

I've got sporadic diaries going back to when I was 11 years old. Here's the entry for May 11 1973 - 41 years ago today!

"I posted off a postal order for one pound fifteen pence to join the Christopher Lee International Club. Great, great, double great and triple great."

Not really very deep in the way you mention, dan, but there's no doubting my youthful enthusiasm! I find these things very evocative, and a useful tool for precise chronology. Perfect for refuting people's claims about what they "remember" me doing - like "Oh Graham was weird. He joined Christopher Lee's fan club when he was about four", and I'll get out my jotter and say, "No, I was 11 and a half". Actually, that IS weird!

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I don't wanna revisit my past! Though it's cool for those that did keep a journal. wink

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Remembering the past for me is very important. I recall playing Scrooge in a production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL back in 1984 and the one line that always stuck with me from that show is what I live by to this day. After Scrooge's great adventure and journey he proclaims "I shall live in the past, the present and the future! The spirit of all three will thrive within me!"

Interesting how different people feel about the past. In interviews John Williams has said many times that he doesn't think much about what he's done before because he knows now or feels he could have done better and so he now focusses more on the present and looks forward to the future. I also have a good friend who's a fellow actor and stage director who pretty much hates looking back. Dislikes looking at old photos and despises video taping any productions to look back on someday.

To each is own, but to me my Past, Present and Future are all exciting and a big part of me.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Yes, it all is connected. I am not sure the exact wording, but there was that great statement- We are today where we came from yesterday.MR GRAHAM, you did the LEE CLUB, I DID THE CUSHING CLUB.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Has anyone out there ever did such a project?

Yes. It's called Facebook. wink

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Yes, it all is connected. I am not sure the exact wording, but there was that great statement- We are today where we came from yesterday.MR GRAHAM, you did the LEE CLUB, I DID THE CUSHING CLUB.

My brother was in the Peter Cushing Club when we were kids, so I saw all the journals too. But I imagine that there was a USA-based club as well, the one you (dan) would have been a member of, is that right? The Cushing journals (and the Chris Lee ones, at least before he moved to the States) came from England.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 4:53 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO GRAHAM-Yes there were a club stateside for PETER,as for other genre stars.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO THOR- Sure, the modern behemoth of communication, I just was wondering who had made such an extensive lists of nearly every person one ever spoke to in their lives of some interest to them. For instance I have in a book every person [board name of course] who communicate on this board over the years, which is interesting because a lot you don't see write on here no more.

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2014 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO GRAHAM- Peter was a dear, he tried to see everyone who ever wrote to him would get a letter back and when he was older he had somebody do it for him. He really appreciated those who got pleasure from his works. Sure many say they do, but from him it was authentic .

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2014 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Sometimes in the quiet stillness of the night after a hectic day at the chores one does in their daily lives. If you think about someone who once was very important to you from the past who you have not heard in years. Give it a thought about when you have a few minutes in your life, look the person up [computer maybe] and give that person a surprise call. It can be very refreshing afterward if you do. Sadly we cannot do that with those special people from the pass who have died. But we can if they are still alive. Think about it.Think about it not just once but twice, you might then do it.You will feel better, no matter what you hear on the other side of the phone.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 1:14 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

zooba: Re: I've kept a personal journal at times throughout my life starting in 1973 when I went to Italy with Parents and sister. I was 16 years old. And then in 1976 after being encouraged by an acting teacher in College, I started keeping them again. After that my journals were mostly for my years in L.A. 1984 - 2003. I still keep a journal almost daily and when I do a theatrical show detailing the production progress ala Charlton Heston's journals. I'd also make lists of things, like favorite movies and film scores and composers etc.

In one of my L.A. Journals back in the late 80's - early 90's I started collecting actor friends 8 x 10's and just photos of friends/girlfriends I met and worked with. I made a somewhat shrunken down photo copy of the photo and placed it in my journals, that were at that time those sort of smaller 6 x 9 lined notebooks that had the black and white covers. So I'd have the photo of the person and under it I would write or type a paragraph or two about the person and what I remember about them. How we met or things that stuck out about this person in my life. I did this also with famous people I met in the entertainment and movie and TV industry as well. Really fun to do and brings back great memories of a time of adventure in your life. I called the whole section in that one journal "The People of My Life".

A lot of my journals of my youthful days really crack me up now. I can really see how my mind grew and what silly things that were important to me back then, now just seem so crazy and stupid. Memories of old girlfriends and relationships and situations at work. Great fun. I always thought, what would I do with them when I got older and would I ever let anyone see my personal journals? Would I burn them before the end? I'm sure if people found them after I'm gone, they'd have a few chuckles and a lot of surprises.

Great topic Dan the Man! Thanks for letting me share! I encourage journal writing and list keeping whole heartedly.


I have fastidiously kept a journal since 1972 and long hoped to turn it into a book. In the mid 1970s I took several autobiographical writing and journalism classes at UCLA, all with that book in mind. Jump forward to 1993 when I took some practical writing workshops out of a little theatre in Santa Monica, which morphed into later versions of the same class in Venice. It was then that I learned how tortured so much of my journal text was, and it was very helpful to get immediate feedback from other writers who were participating, and I even combined 2 of those spontaneous pieces and read them to a full house at the Santa Monica theatre that sponsored the first of those workshops and was thrilled by the reaction I received. (I often write with a very candid and self-deprecating humor.) When I retired at the end of March 2013 my principal focus was supposed to be turning all those stories into an eBook, but, so far, I've hardly touched it. Indeed, even the journal writing has taken a hit over these nearly 14 months, although writing is something I HAVE to do -- it's my sanctuary and remains a source of pride. I've told young people who have dreams of becoming a writer to keep a pad and pen handy and to never stop writing, because it's an important learning experience that can pay dividends later.

 
 
 Posted:   May 13, 2014 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Papers filled with so many precious moments of our existence. How nice memories can be. How sad ailments like amnesia or Alzheimer's can be.

 
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