Yesterday my sister-in-law Barbara sent me an e-mail requesting a clip of an old 8 mm movie that I had transferred from VHS format to a DVD. I would be glad to do this for her but there was one BIG problem. How do I convert the DVD to an iMac compatible video? Oh woe is me. My brain was going to get exercised again.
Hey folks, I'm no tech guru, far from it. I'm a 72 year old man with a brain that is cluttered with the debris of over 40 years of office work. I don't have the clear (empty) head of my boss's five year old daughter who probably knows more about computers than I do. And to be quite frank, I'm sometimes just plain afraid to mess around with my computer lest I cause it to explode.
But folks, I've been putting off this latest challenge, converting my old VHS tapes to DVD then to iMac. Thy name is procrastination.
Well folks, I could put it off no longer. I jumped right in today and figured it all out. Yes, I DOOD it. And yes, my head is hurting right now but I finally got that short black and white film of me departing from the family home in April of 1960 for Ft. Devens, Massachusetts, after I finished Army basic training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. Wow, was I EVER that young?
So here it is folks, Chapter One of the Old Family Films. Some of you may not find it interesting but hey, this is my blog and I find these old films fascinating. Plus, I'm leaving a history behind which is my goal now that I am entering my Twilight Years. It's all good folks. Enjoy!