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Your Life is Your Story, Issue #128 – Your Sports Legacy
October 22, 2015

"Your past is your story up to now. The future is the story yet to come. The present is where you live with that experience, your hopes and your dreams."

Your Life is Your Story Newsletter

October 21, 2015
Issue #128 – Your Sports Legacy

From Tom Gilbert – Editor and Writer,

In this Issue:

Opening remarks: APH 20th Anniversary Conference in Sacramento
Featured Article: Sports Stories - Your Legacy of Athletics
Featured Resource: Getting Started with Your Personal History

Opening Remarks: APH 20th Anniversary Conference in Sacramento

A large gathering of personal historians are currently sharing their skills, experiences, talents and networking at the annual conference for the Association of Personal Historians. This is the 20th year for the APH and the event in Sacramento is surely a great event with speakers, history and a gathering of the special “tribe” of people who love helping preserve life stories.

Although I can’t be there in person I’m watching “virtually” through email sharing and social media. Twitter users can use #APH2015.

Thank you to all our subscribers. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue. You are receiving this e-zine because you signed up for it or someone who is subscribed passed it along to you. If a friend DID forward this to you consider subscribing by visiting our signup page . Also, let me know what you’d like to see more of in this newsletter – simply reply to this email e-zine.

While the main focus of this newsletter is to share thoughts, ideas, and insights on life story writing you should know that I offer various services and also mention some products and services that can be helpful. You are under no obligation to purchase anything, but if any of these products or services are helpful and you decide to utilize them then I am most grateful.

Thanks for reading. – Tom

Featured Article: Sports Stories - Your Legacy of Athletics

By Tom Gilbert - Copyright © October, 2015

There are so many people who recall great stories related to sports and athletics. The personal experiences you had in school sports are important memories and worth recalling. Some families have been fortunate to have a prominent member achieve a certain level of fame, perhaps as an Olympic or professional athlete. All these sports stories form your legacy of athletics.

When I was fourteen my dream was to play professional baseball. I obsessed over the sport. I played High School ball and at the American Legion level, but it didn't take long for the bubble to burst. As much as I wanted to be a professional ball player it wasn’t going to happen. I just didn't possess the necessary talent.

Nevertheless, as an adult I've followed professional baseball and gone to games when I can. I've seen the Red Sox, Royals, Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Tigers, Yankees, Mets and A's all play in their respective home ballparks. I've loved every minute of it.

I've also gone to great college football games, including in Norman, Oklahoma when the Sooners (my alma mater is the University of Oklahoma) won a national championship in the 1970's. And I've attended other professional sporting events, such as hockey, football and basketball. I'll never forget the thrill of watching a Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida in 1991!

Being a spectator is one thing. Participating is another. Do you and your friends ever reminisce about "the good old days"? Are you re-living shooting the winning basket, hitting a home run, scoring a come-from-behind touchdown or winning the mile relay? Sport stories are great to talk about and write about. Your legacy of athletics can be a worthy portion of your life story.

You can continue reading this story here.

You can read other life story articles here.

Featured Resource: Getting Started with Your Personal History

So you want to learn how to tell your story or find someone to write a book about your life. That's what I encourage through my services and site, Your Life Is Your Story.

Get Started with a request for more information. Go to Resources to find out ways to tell your story or do it yourself.Read articles I have written to get a better idea. And check out the Association of Personal Historians to find someone to work with and get more information about doing a project.

Costs vary as every project is different, but to do a book-length project that includes a printed/bound finished book will be an investment of time and money. It depends on the quality you want. Think about taking a vacation. Are you going camping with a tent, cooler, driving to the campground and paying the camp site fee? Or are you going on a cruise with wonderful ports of call and lots of great food and adventure?

The most inexpensive route is to do it yourself. And there are guides to help with that (some good ones are the MemoryGrabber and Turning Memories into Memoirs). I own a copy of both and they are full of valuable and helpful resources.

If you want a well-written final product that showcases your life in a way you will be proud of then consider hiring a professional. People don't object to paying plumbers, contractors, lawyers and doctors a fair wage for important needs. The investment of a life story can be an incredible legacy you leave to your family, friends and the world. I say this only because so many people want to preserve their story, but then don't pursue it when they realize the cost is like going on a good vacation or buying a car.

Take the first steps above and get started with your personal history.

Closing Information

That’s it for this month’s issue. Thanks for reading. Be sure to visit our blog regularly, and here’s to telling your story. Do give it some serious consideration because I just know you’ve got a great story to tell! Be sure to see the Get Started section.

Any comments, ideas or feedback is greatly appreciated. Just reply to this ‘zine and tell me what you think!

Until next time, – keep your story alive!

Tom Gilbert

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