May 7, 2019 – “Family Milestones”

Hello, everyone!

As I race towards the Home Movie Collection finish line, I diligently describe what the footage depicts. Especially when I encounter some footage that deserved to be noted in the guide beforehand, like the footage of Niagara Falls. While I did not encounter anything of that sort in today’s footage, the footage I viewed reminded me of human mortality and the interconnection of the human experience.

When entered the office and retrieved the Home Movie Collection hard drive, I did not know what to expect from the footage for today. In the films, I witnessed a little girl at various points in her life, specifically during her baby and toddler years to her eighth birthday. Likewise, I watched the grandparents celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with their children and grandchildren (it reminded me of my own grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary). Perhaps even more telling came from a 1974 visit to the grandparents.

I learned that the grandparents lived in West Palm Beach and the neighborhood featured homes that looked very familiar. My stepfather lived in a home similar to the ones seen in the footage (albeit he lived in Melbourne, not West Palm Beach). Anyways, the grandparents did a routine of strolling through their neighborhood (they even rode tricycles while their granddaughter followed them). A very entertaining sight, for sure!

While a happy sight, a later film juxtaposed the very aforementioned scene. In 1978, the family visited the grandparents and I noted the startling difference. The grandmother now walked with a cane and the grandfather’s hair turned white. While they still strolled the neighborhood, they no longer possessed the mobility (or even the capability) to ride tricycles). How startling the difference four years makes and a constant reminder of the temporary state of human life.

To not make this entry a depressing one, I noted a film labeled “Hall of Fame 1974.” I wondered what it meant as I started to watch it. Lo and behold, what I saw answered my questions: “International Swimming Hall of Fame” emblazzed the side of one of the buildings. Interrestingly, this links back to the footage of famous Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller, who helped found the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in 1964. The question remains just why did the family visit the ISHOF? 

The daughter of the family proved herself as an avid swimmer. As seen in the films, she entered swimming contests and won awards based on performances. When they visited ISHOF, the daughter brought her swimming suit and practised in the pool available at the complex. She seemed happy to display her skills and keep her from calcifying those routines.

As for office news, Mr. Benjamin left the office early today. He started his journey to Miami to join Ms. Rubin and attend the Annual Meeting of the Society of Florida Archivists at the Hilton Garden Inn Miami at Dolphin Mall. I wanted to attend one of the workshops there until I discovered the last day to book for it occurred on April 6, 2019. Oh well. Hopefully, the next meeting occurs at a place closer to home with workshops for those starting in the field.

Eventually, my shift ended. I saved my progress, packed the hard drive, returned it to the the stacks. Afterward, I joined the staff to go a faculty award ceremony and enjoyed some free food. I enjoyed the fellowship until 4:00 PM, then I bid them farewell and headed home.

In review, I watched another sizeable portion of the Home Movie Collection and joined my colleagues for some fellowship at a faculty award ceremony in the Student Union Ballroom. Tomorrow, I aim to finish the current set of films and move on to the next. Until then, enjoy the evening and stay safe! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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