My interest in producing legacy videos began while I was still a radio news director at WIKY, Evansville. With decades of interviewing presidents, senators, governors and congressmen under my belt, I joined my siblings in interviewing my mother, Rosemary Hemingway Wheeler, on video tape. We collected and included in the video dozens of pictures, including those of cousin Ernest Hemingway, and wove them into the story of her life. I followed-up that fascinating journey by doing the same thing with my mother-in-law. Just her name, Genevieve Ferne Fiveash Whitmore Petersen, suggested she had stories to tell. And with a little prodding, she turned them loose. Of course, a couple of Manhattans helped.
During the closing year of my broadcasting career, I launched my legacy video business, partly because I could see that some really remarkable people weren’t getting any younger and they were interested in sharing their history and guidance with the next generations. Those vidoes focused on a wide range of people, from nuns to corporate CEOs, from political leaders to clerks, from physicians to WWII veterans, from secretaries to bank leaders to church leaders. The list goes on and on and continues to grow.
A bit about me. My earliest memories take me back to a converted log cabin – really – along a gravel road in a small unincorporated area – Lincoln Estates – along Lincoln Highway between Joliet and Chicago Heights, Illinois. I attended Ann Rutledge Grade School (named for a girl said to be Abraham Lincoln’s childhood sweetheart) and Lincoln-Way High School. I resided in Douglas Hall, next to Lincoln Hall, while studying journalism at Northern Illinois University. Life took me to Warrick County, adjacent to the county where our nation’s 16th president grew-up. With Lincoln in my veins, so to speak, I have always had an appetite for “personal histories.”
A bit more: I was honored to be named to the Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the Indiana Debate Commission. I was named a winner of the Evansville Rotary Civic Award and served as president of Goodwill of Evansville, Leadership Evansville, the Cardinal States Chapter of SDX (Professional Journalism Society), the Indiana Associated Press Board, the Newburgh Building Commission and the Castle High School Band Boosters. I enjoyed serving as president of Rotary Clubs in Evansville and Byron, Illinois, president of Historic Newburgh Inc. and being named an Indiana Torchbearer by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.
My experiences have prepared me to help you preserve your life story, or that of your parents, on DVDs and Blu-ray discs. I would be honored to do so. Click the gold Randy Wheeler Legacy Video logo and we’ll get started.