Journal April 18

This week was full of surprises. Although I have had many interviews, I have not been able to upload to the drive. When I came to class Monday, Professor Lelievre had already spoke to the Media Center and had it uploaded. Also, I had a chance to index for Rose which was quite exciting. Judge Powell knew a lot of history about Williamsburg and was the legal council for Anheuser-Busch in its early years. He was able to tell me more information than I had ever expected. Even though I did not conduct an interview this week, I received numerous contacts from Andrea as well as Judge Powell. Then I began to edit my focus group video which I am very proud of the final cut. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to do much research because I had to take the time to focus on other classes. My weekend shall be filled with transcribing and research.

5 Responses to “Journal April 18”


  1. 1 rwduke April 19, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Loetta, I am in the process of transcribing my interview with Judge Powell and have come to the part toward the end when he is talking about his experience with the Busch family. I’ll send it your way in case you want to use if for your project!

  2. 2 Kari Jolly April 20, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I love it when one lead unexpectedly turns into another opportunity! The only thing is, at some point you have to decide when you need to stop following leads and go with what you’ve got. That’s where I am now…so many things have been unexplored. I can’t wait to see your video since I missed the live experience.

  3. 3 mal2013 April 20, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    The video is great! There were a few minor issues with focusing and the sound, but it was very cool to see an edited version of the conversation. Loetta conducted herself very professionally and the participants spoke candidly about their perceptions of Kingsmill. The success of the focus group means we might consider it for future WDP projects. The video will be a great addition to the WDP archive.

  4. 4 loetta April 21, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Thank you so much Rose! Yes Kari , I have found myself stopping with following up with so many leads due to the fact I need more secondary research.

  5. 5 acalvarez April 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Loetta, I hope that some of my contacts have come through for you! There is also my friend Kelley Quinzio who lives in Kingsmill, if you need a student/younger perspective! I feel like I have been running into the same thing with surprises that make for a more interesting project, but the time frame now is somewhat limiting! I hope you figure out your recording situation!

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