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This summer, I have two family reunions to go to. I know that for many people, a family reunion is an obligation much more akin to a root canal than a party. I’m rather looking forward to them, but one of the reasons is an idea I have for capturing stories.

I’m thinking of setting up a video camera and several “cue cards” in a corner of the hall, and inviting guests to come share their stories. The cue cards would ask them to introduce themselves, name their parents, spouse and children. Then, several prompts would be listed like, “Please share a story from your childhood,” or “Tell us about your first job” or “How did you meet your spouse?” They could choose one or two, record themselves sharing, and then I hope to compile the video to share with the family.

What do you think? Do you think something like that would go over well at a family reunion?

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