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Greg L. Turnquist
3 min readApr 23, 2024

We all are given special gifts. Often time these gifts can sustain us, help us provide for our families and for others.

And sometimes, those gifts can serve a much deeper purpose.

This past weekend, I went down to visit my parents, who are now in their late 80s. I brought half of my YouTube studio gear with me. Cameras. Microphones. Tripods. Lights.

And I let my mother tell her story.

She has amazing memories back to before WWII. Times she spent with her grandparents, who were married in a state before that state joined the Union.

All my skills I’ve learned over the past five years at shooting and producing videos for you were now able to quickly and efficiently gather something greater than myself.

A recent reader of my latest book heralded my comments in the book that as SW engineers we carry certain duties to the profession. While I appreciate that reader’s words, this weekend I felt that I (we) carry an even higher duty to capture the past and preserve it for the future.

I have just transferred all the gathered video and stills onto my RAID array and am now importing it into a Final Cut Pro project where I can splice it together.

My father, since before I was born, has shot Super 8 films and taken literally…



Greg L. Turnquist

Sr. Staff Technical Content Engineer at CockroachDB • YouTube Content Creator at https://youtube.com/@ProCoderIO • Best-Selling Author • Coffee Lover