Seniors want easy connectivity to family and friends!

My dad is 89. He’s always been a quick study when it comes to new technology. In 1983 he bought his first computer, a Commodore 64, and he loved it. It was simple and did what he wanted it to do. He used it as a typewriter and sent letters. With the advent of the internet and email, he moved up to a more powerful and faster pc. And he embraced email with vigour. He especially liked the fact that one could attach photos(jpgs) and other files. He began sending and receiving email regularly and loved the connectivity. Over the years as technology made huge leaps and bounds he sat back and watched, a bit baffled by all the new offerings. But when I recently showed him the power of YouTube, he was thrilled. Now he can finally share his love of our home movies, a passion of his since getting into film in the 1950s. Now he doesn’t have to try and attach a huge video file to an email and watch it fail when he hits the “send” button. By just adding the YouTube hyperlink in the body of his email he can make the video easily accessible to friends and family. It’s a relatively simple process, by registering a new account with YouTube and following the service provider’s directions, he can create a personal channel that can house all his favourite movies, just like this one: It’s about a young immigrant couple, a growing family, and an idyllic summer not too long ago.Dad & Mum 1954-1962


About M. Behrend

As a kid growing up in the sixties I had an overactive imagination. As an adult I realized that sometimes the truth can be more amazing than fiction. Everybody has at least one good story to tell.

4 responses to “Seniors want easy connectivity to family and friends!”

  1. karinschwier says :

    Yes, indeed. Great to see you sharing these important ideas, and also the great examples from your own family archives. Somebody know quite a bit about shooting film when they took these. Your editing was great, of course, but you were working with some excellent footage one seldom sees in family archives. Your dad looks like a very kind man — reminds me of his son.

    • mbehrend says :

      Thanks for your kind words Karin. I feel truly blessed having such an archive to work with. My dad documented everything. Even in their twilight years mum and dad they still faithfully journal the events of each day.

  2. Sheila says :

    Wonderful family videos, Mark! How lucky you are to have them.

  3. mbehrend says :

    Thanks Sheila. These film sequences represent just a fraction of the stuff Dad and Mum shot. They are naturally very nostalgic for me but they also provide an interesting snapshot into Canadian life in 1950s and 60s.

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