Marysville, OH– Few boys who took the Boy Scout oath in 1927 are still living today. David Greenspan is one of them. At 95, he remembers the day like it was yesterday, according to reminiscence expert and life story publisher Beth Sanders. She has been interviewing Greenspan weekly over the telephone this fall at the request of his daughter, helping him record his life story as a legacy for his family.
Sanders, who founded LifeBio.com in 2000, says she never ceases to be amazed by the extraordinary lives of seemingly ordinary people.
Take Greenspan. It wasn’t until the fourth phone interview that Sanders learned the 95-year old, who is blind, is still a very active volunteer in the Boy Scouts. It gets better. He specializes in mentoring developmentally disabled and mentally challenged scouts, some of whom have been scouting for decades themselves. In fact, on November 5, five of the scouts that Greenspan worked with were presented with their Eagle badges.
“The fact is there are millions of people like Mr. Greenspan—people whose lives are so rich and complex that it takes many conversations and follow-up questions to gain a full understanding of their life experiences, values, beliefs, and a lifetime of wisdom gained,” said Sanders. “Once you start to engage people intentionally in conversations for this purpose, the layers of stories and memories just keep coming.”
For example, she learned that Greenspan’s first job was making buttons. He also helped raise his siblings when he was only a teenager himself, worked on multiple political campaigns from the 1940s until present time, even campaigning by train with John F. Kennedy in 1960. Greenspan also celebrates Beethoven’s birthday every year due to his love of classical music.
“LifeBio helps people like Mr. Greenspan tell their stories in a way that will touch the hearts of family, friends and even total strangers for generations to come. In the nine years I’ve been helping people tell their stories, I continue to be amazed at the depth of knowledge and interesting perspectives that are laying fallow, at risk of being lost forever. Each interview is like an excavating mission,” Sanders said.
LifeBio offers different approaches for recording one’s life story. Greenspan’s story is being recorded using LifeBio’s Phone Recording option. Others publish their stories online using the simple publishing template available at www.lifebio.com. Still others use LifeBio’s Memory Journal to record their memories by hand in a pre-published book format.
Everyone has a story to tell. Sanders hopes Greenspan’s story will inspire more Americans to take the time to tell their stories. She believes the tools available through LifeBio make telling one’s story easy and affordable for every American. For more information, visit www.lifebio.com.
CONTACT: Beth Sanders, 614-580-0333 cell or [email protected]
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