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We’ve spent our careers in film and television and worked in nearly every genre – from documentaries to narratives. In the last few years, with the passing of parents and some friends, we keep saying, “If only we had …”

A few months ago, I came across the December 28, 1959 issue of LIFE Magazine. It featured my family in the issue titled, “Leisure.” A writer and photographer spent a week living with us at 1407 Elm Street in Shenandoah, Iowa, while another team of journalists was at 1407 Elm Street in Shenandoah, Virginia. The concept was to compare and contrast these families a thousand miles apart. There were stories in the issue I had either forgotten or never knew. If only someone had sat my parents down and recorded the stories they can’t tell me now.

Christi had more foresight. She has an archive of interviews with her mom, dad and grandmother. With skills that cross between historian, journalist and filmmaker, she asked, waited and received treasured memories. She posts clips on her website to celebrate family milestones.

From these experiences, the birth of LIFE STORIES was obvious and easy.

Jamie Koelker – – 803.257.2772 LI badge

Christi Koelker – 803.439.3806 LI badge