The idea for DocYOUmentary begins with Andy's father.
I wish I had made the kind of film about his life that DocYOUmentary can make about yours.
My father, who was born in 1900, died in 1994 after leading a remarkable life. One year later, when our son Sam was born, everyone commented that he was the spitting image of the grandfather he had never met.
Our two boys, Sam and Ben, often ask me about Grandpa George. As much as I try to convey his humor, his intellect and his passions, I feel that I come up short. And I kick myself a little. After all, I’m a documentary producer and journalist. I wish I had made a documentary about my father. How wonderful it would be for the boys and for me to see him tell his story and to hear from the people in his life who knew him well.
That opportunity is lost for my family, but it is here for yours. DocYOUmentary is the opportunity for you to share and preserve your legacy for friends, colleagues, family and future generations.
I have been telling stories all of my professional life,
first as a television reporter, then as a documentary producer. There was the story of the US Army Warrant officer who became a Soviet spy. I interviewed him the day before he was sentenced to life in prison. There was the story for PBS Frontline of the Minnesota teen-ager who became an adult film star and committed suicide. More recently, there was the story for NBC Sports and Bob Costas, about how the 1963 Dallas Cowboys experienced the assassination of President Kennedy. In my work for the non-profit community, I continue to tell stories, such as the documentary commemorating the 250th anniversary of Princeton University.
Along the way, I’ve been honored with television journalism’s most prestigious awards: the DuPont-Columbia, Emmy and Peabody, as well as the Gold Medal from the Chicago Film Festival.
My interest in broadcasting began at a 10-watt radio station at Choate Rosemary Hall. After Choate, I received a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia and an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern.