Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Only Full Color Footage from Inside a Japanese Internment Camp

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The film posted here, Dave Tatsuno Movies and Memories, documents an important piece of American and Bay Area history. In 1942 about 110,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese who lived along the Pacific coast of the United States were placed in "war relocation camps."

Japanese-American businessman, Dave Masaharu Tatsuno and his family were relocated to the Topaz Interment Camp, in Utah, for the duration of World War II. While imprisoned, he filmed a remarkable series of home movies documenting his family's life at Topaz.

Later, Mr. Tatsuno created a film with that footage called, Topaz Memories. It is the only full-color movie of life in an internment camp shot from the perspective of an internee. Mr. Tatsuno showed the homemade film at schools and community events to educate younger generations. In 1997, he gave Topaz Memoriesto the Library of Congress as a gift to the American people.

Dave Tatsuno Movies and Memories is about the inspiring documentarian, himself. The footage Mr.Tatsuno courageously shot at Topaz is featured in the documentary by Public Television Station, KTEH (now KQED Silicon Valley) in 2006.


Melani Clark, One of Very Few Women to Run a Railroad.

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Melani Clark is the CEO of Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, California. One of the just a few women in the country running a rail line.
Founded by her father, Norman Clark, Roaring Camp is 180 acre historic, old western theme park. Complete with several 100 year old steam engines.
And Clark is not just the railroad's CEO, she also takes her turn in the cab as a fireman. A job she started at just 19. At the time, she was one of the youngest female fireman in the country.

Local Doctor's "Solar Suitcase" Saves Lives Daily

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In 2008, Dr. Laura Stachel went to Nigeria to find out why so many women were dying there during childbirth. She was flabbergasted to discover that in many areas, women were giving birth without electricity – sometimes in near total darkness. Doctors and midwives often helped delivered babies with only a cell phone or lantern for light. With her husband, a solar expert, she devised a way to bring light to clinics in Nigeria and other Third World countries. They did this by creating a solar kit that could fit inside a suitcase. It was small enough to sneak past customs and big enough to power 2 bright lights, as well as medical equipment. The solar suitcase has had instant and powerful results in clinics around the world. Stachel’s organization, WE CARE Solar, has distributed solar suitcases to 20 different countries, including Haiti, Afghanistan and Liberia.

Bay Area Artists Backstage at the San Jose Ballet

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This week we take a look behind the curtains to learn how a ballet is born.
We'll meet Local Ballerina Karen Gabey, conductor George Daugherty and chat with choreographer Jessica Lang as she rehearses her new ballet,Eightyone.
We'll even learn some fun facts about ballet shoes.

In between we'll meet some visual artists. First, Susana Arias, an international painter and sculptor who shows us how she approaches her really big canvases. Then it's off to the colorful and quirky studio of Beth Grippenstraw, whose art reflects her somewhat skewed view of the world as she battles chronic vertigo.