November 1st, 2004 | Produced by Jeanine Cornillot & Viki Merrick
Instead, what happened next was an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with Viki Merrick
In the beginning, it was surreal.
No one in my life, outside of my three brothers and mom, had met my father.
Not a best friend, not boyfriends, no one.
No one knew what he
sounded like, that he
was a great storyteller, a complicated human being.
Here was Viki
, a total stranger, who had opinions and insights about a man who was so personal to my family.
A man, who took up such a large invisible space in our house, but was a secret to the outside world.
was listening to our secret.
always challenged me to go deeper, and embrace all the moments that made me cringe.
let me know that I had the power to write my own story.
The power to examine, uncover, recover myself in the story.
I will always be deeply grateful to her
for all her
sensitivity, patience, and the creativity that she
poured into this project.
It was beyond my greatest expectations that she
would take this long journey with me.
I would also like to thank my father who was so generous to let me in to his
home with my microphone.
To answer all my questions, every last question, and to undergo so many hours of what he
referred to as "the interrogations.
Thank you so much.
Finally thank you to Jay Allison for bringing me into the Transom fold, and for all of his support and his sensitivity working on the final mix with Viki
From Viki Merrick
by Viki Merrick
About Viki Merrick
Viki is an editor and project coordinator for Transom.org.
Previously, she worked in Rome, Italy for ABC News as a "fixer" and radio stringer moving on to freelance as location/production manager for film documentaries for North American venues.
In 1994 she became Operations/Production manager at Fabrica, an international school of guerilla communications in Treviso, Italy for film, video, audio and print.
Returning to the US in 1996, she is currently a producer at Atlantic Public Media where she produces local commentaries, essays and slices of life for NPR stations WCAI and WNAN for Cape Cod and the Islands.
Viki lives in Woods Hole with her
two kids Allegra and Ben.