In “A Good Man“, an animated short by StoryCorps, Brian Wilmouth poignantly talks with his brother Mike about how their father kicked him out of the house for being gay, separated him from his seven younger siblings and left him to fend for himself for many years until he was able to reconnect with each of his siblings and repair his family.
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In the StoryCorps animation “The Road Home,” North Carolinian Eddie Lanier talks about his 40-year struggle with alcoholism and a Good Samaritan who helped him in his time of need. The animated short is part of the PBS half-hour animated special “Listening Is an Act of Love.” The short and the special were animated by Rauch Bros. Animation. StoryCorps recently published a book: Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.
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Since 2005, nonprofit organization StoryCorps has worked with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to “record at least one story to honor each life lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993″ in their September 11 Initiative. They have “recorded and archived 1,193 September 11th stories, representing 583 individual victims”. Three of these stories were animated by the Rauch Brothers Animation company: Always a Family, She Was the One, and John and Joe.
Always a Family
On the morning of September 11th, Michael Trinidad called his ex-wife, Monique Ferrer, from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower to say goodbye. In the wake of his death, Monique tells the story of Michael’s lasting legacy—the family they built together.
She Was the One
When Richie Pecorella met Karen Juday, she captured his heart and changed his life. They were engaged and living together in Brooklyn when Karen was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, where she worked as an administrative assistant. Here, Richie remembers Karen, his love and inspiration.
John and Joe
John Vigiano Sr. is a retired New York City firefighter whose two sons followed him into service—John Jr. was a firefighter, too, and Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving others. Here, John Sr. remembers his sons and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss.
On September 11, 2011, these three touching stories will be broadcast on PBS and be featured on the homepage of YouTube. Additional non-animated September 11 stories are available at StoryCorps.
In the most recent episode of the animated video series from StoryCorps, A young college man named Noe Rueda talks with his former teacher Alex Fernandez about his childhood and how he found inventive ways to help his mom to make ends meet while growing up poor in Chicago.
Noe Rueda grew up poor in Little Village, a neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. As young as 8 years old, Noe often relied on his entrepreneurial talents to help his mom and three siblings make ends meet. At StoryCorps, Noe tells his high school teacher Alex Fernandez about his childhood, and Alex shares his dreams for Noe’s future.
In the StoryCorps animation “Me & You”, Scott Miller has a touching conversation with his mother Jackie about her decision, back in 1971, to adopt him. In the conversation, Jackie reveals a secret from her past, and Scott expresses his great love for his mother. The conversation was animated by Rauch Bros. Animation.
Gweneviere Mann, who lost her short-term memory while undergoing brain surgery in 2008, talks about living with her unusual condition in “Marking the Distance,” an animated short from the StoryCorps oral history project. The animation was created by Rauch Bros. Animation.
When Gweneviere Mann lost her short-term memory, following surgery to remove a brain tumor, she was forced to navigate life in a new way. But she wasn’t alone. With the support of her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, Gweneviere found she could tackle the challenges her condition threw her way—and a few more.
“Eyes on the Stars” is an animated short by StoryCorps about NASA Challenger astronaut and physicist Ronald E. McNair. His brother Carl tells Ronald’s story of when he was a boy and was inspired by the racially integrated series, Star Trek. The short was animated and directed by Rauch Brothers Animation.
On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.