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103-year-old Romaine interviewed by TV Personality, Doug Jessop

Here is the "Why" behind Family Heritage Stories. It's because of an interview with a 103-year-old woman named Romaine.


Doug Jessop has interviewed hundreds of people as the "TV Good News Guy" on his TV show "Jessop's Journal." Romaine stands out as one of his favorite interviews.  She was very sweet, sharp-minded woman. Romaine talked about growing up and demonstrated the shift pattern for the first car she drove at the age of 12. Come to find out that when Romaine drove the family 1917 Ford Coupe for the first time, she “crashed it in the ditch" and her father had her do fifty shift patterns in a row to make sure she got it right. 

Romaine loved participating in sports. She showed Doug a variety of pictures that were included in the final video story...her yearbook when she was a cheerleader, a newspaper clipping when she won a toaster oven in a bowling tournament and even a picture of her with Bob Hope when she was in a golf tournament. Romaine was mighty proud of the fact that she got not just one, but two hole-in-ones when she was in her 70's and 80's!

Shortly after the extended interview with Romaine was done and aired in the Jessop's Journal TV show (click here to see the final edited interview of about 18 minutes), Doug got a call with the news that Romaine has passed peacefully in her sleep.

Doug went to Romaine's funeral services and was surprised when each member of her family came up to him and gave him a hug and expressed what a blessing it was for them to have the interview with Romaine and that they are watching the video often. 


Doug's wife teases him that "not everyone wants to be on TV". With that said, he thought "what if I could help people tell their story, even if they don't think they have one" by interviewing them, incorporating their family pictures and creating a video with the same high-quality standards for his Jessop's Journal TV show...but not put them on TV... and instead make them for families to enjoy and share.

In a nutshell, we want to be able to help more families like Romaine's to be able to keep their Family Heritage Stories alive using the power of video for future generations.

If you're interested in booking an interview with TV host Doug Jessop or Nicea DeGering in our Salt Lake City, Utah studio, please CLICK HERE AND FILL OUT THE BOOK ONLINE FORM and we'll be in touch shortly to answer your questions and do a pre-interview phone call.


Interviews are typically done on Monday or Tuesdays at 4, 5 or 6 p.m. Other weekdays times may be available upon request. We request a $3000 donation to the 501(c)3 non-profit, Fedora Foundation, to be used to collect, preserve and distribute Veteran Salute Stories. In return, you receive one-hour in person interview, integration of family photos and a digital copy of the story. 


Please note that these interviews WILL NOT be aired on TV without your permission.

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