It just so happened that my cousin got married the year that my older son had the family heritage assignment. My grandfather was in amazingly great shape in his early 90s and golfed as much as possible. Sadly he wasn't physically up to joining the traditional pre-wedding golf day with all the men in the family. But that turned into the golden opportunity for my son to interview him. I am so incredibly thankful we got to do that, because he passed away only 6 months later. But I do have two regrets. Firstly, most of the questions were pretty superficial (about pets, hobbies, etc.). That made sense coming from his great-grandson. But I wish I asked him some more introspective ones. Secondly, I wish I had given him a microphone to speak into. We had a room full of people, so at times it was difficult to hear him on the video. And since I was holding the camera, my voice came in the loudest - which is a painful thing indeed! I hope to figure out a way to edit out the background noise with Photoshop Premiere, when Michael needs to listen to it for his assignment.
Given how busy the school year is, we will be aiming to interview grandparents over the summer. I found some great questions online that I would like to borrow. Thank you Treasure Maps Genealogy for your many great ideas! I will also be asking my technophile hubby for help securing a cordless microphone. Please comment with any suggestions you might have.