In honor of the effort Poppy has put toward documenting his family, I thought it would be nice to make an effort towards doing this for his own not-inconsiderable life.
For his birthday, my family members have been scanning and e-mailing me various family photos from various eras, and I'm making them into a photo book in vaguely narrative format. The back has several pages guests at his birthday party can sign.
To do this, I've been using "booksmart", the software program blurb.com lets you download for free to make digital scrapbooks, which, once you decide to publish them, will be printed by blurb.com into real, physical books you can keep. It's amazing!
This is what booksmart looks like open on my computer. It's pretty neat.
I've done this in the past for photos from the two plays I directed in college: Hello, Hamlet! and West Side Story (1). It's amazing how much this digital scrap-booking medium improves on the original photo album or scrap-booking methods. It's especially nice for preserving family photos because it allows you to duplicate and give extra life to treasured images that will degrade over time. There are no acidic glue or gnawing rodents to be concerned about, and no worry that photos will fall out and get lost. I love it.
I know that other digital photo printing websites allow you to do this; do you guys have other programs that you like? I'm really interested in learning more about the possibilities of this format.
Anyway, the point of this is the photos themselves, and let me tell you, I've really relished getting to see more of them. As you can see from this photo of my grandfather with my nephew, he's great with kids:
Poppy dressed up as a pretty hot dame for a USO show once. Cute? Um...
He was also an avid golfer for a great amount of time.
As you can see, his love of dressing up didn't leave him after childhood.
1. I would like to stress that I did not take the majority of the photos in the photo books for Hello, Hamlet! and West Side Story. The majority of those credits go to Taylor Johnson and Deian Tabakov respectively. I just directed the plays and put the books together, and since the books were intended for my consumption alone, I was casual with photo crediting.