And now, a blast from the past
One of the fun things about working on a documentary project like this one is the opportunity to come across all kinds of interesting artifacts. Those are not often from the documentarian's personal past but this one is. When I worked for Connie Maxwell Children's Home in the late 1980's and early 1990's, we were preparing to celebrate the children's ministry's 100th anniversary. We did a lot of fun things, including holding celebration events around the state and planning a new campus monument complete with a time capsule to be opened at some point in Connie Maxwell's future. We also made a video, which you should be able to see on your screen associated with this post.
Now I didn't say it was a great video and if you take the time to watch it, you will notice that it is quite dated in style. It was probably one of the first videos the children's home had produced and was most definitely my first.
The video brings back a lot of memories for me, of course, because I remember the children in the video -- some of whom I have met again as adults at alumni reunions -- as well as the staff. Some of those staff members in the video have since gone on to be with the Lord, including then-President Heyward Prince. Dr. Prince was involved in an auto accident in February 1991 and passed away from his injuries the following January even as we were in the midst of the celebration planned under his leadership. Even though he's only in the video for a moment, it's enjoyable for me to see him healthy and in his prime.
In some ways, I guess you could say "The Connie Maxwell Story" documentary project brings me full circle as I continue to try to tell the same story I presented in this first video more than 25 years ago. The story continues to be an important and engaging one.