EP – 26 Maj. General Rupertus Pt. 1

My conversation with Heather Bates, Kim Robinson, and Amy Peacock about researching their grandfather, Maj. General William Rupertus, USMC

In this episode, I talk with Heather, Kim, and Amy about the research and their drive to document and write about their grandfather, Major General William Rupertus, USMC.

This is part one of a two-part series. With this episode, the four of us dig into the methodology and research of their grandfather. In part two, we spend time going through the General’s life before joining the military and his life after joining the U.S. Marines. (William H. Rupertus on Wikipedia)

This is a great episode where we dive into the General’s life but focus on how the sisters came together to build out his life’s documented history. The sister’s discovered many interesting facts about his life, including finding out about a strong German community in the Washington D.C. area before the 20th Century.

What you will enjoy about this episode is learning about why family history is important and how the living family can grow closer to their grandparents and other ancestors who have passed away.

We also talk about how after their mother and father passed, there was a gap in knowing their own family history. Well, after you hear this episode, you will know that these sisters were not going to let that gap in their family history remain empty or misunderstood.

Below are the links that Heather, Kim, and Amy have provided as part of this episode. Many of these links will help with your own family history research.

Below is an interview with Major General Rupertus

Interview with Major General Rupertus. Major General Rupertus’ remarks start at 17.39

Resources for researching and writing about your relatives:

Self Publishing SchoolOn writing/publishing (tons of free advice and guides).

Hemingway Editor: The Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear 

Dropbox: A great application that allows you to store and share documents, photos, media, etc. and share them with other people.

National Archives Request Military Service Records

National Archives Catalog

The U.S., Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958

The U.S., Navy and Marine Corps Registries, 1814-1992

Speecify – Excellent application! Free! Turns any text into audio. A great way to process your research.

Fold Three – Browse military records, by Ancestry

Oral History Resources and Guidelines

How to do an oral history – from the Smithsonian

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

USMC Archives and History Division

Naval History and Heritage Command

Amy’s Facebook group – Discovering My Grandfather MajorGen. William H. Rupertus, USMC

@MajGenRupertus – Twitter

The Rifleman’s Creed – Author Major General Rupertus

EP – 25 A Grandfather and a Godfather raise a boy to be a man

My conversation with Ronnel A. Blackmon

In this episode of the Cool Grandpa Podcast, I discover how a grandfather and a godfather raised a boy to be a man. Ronnel Blackmon shares with me his powerful stories of his grandfather, Robert Hale, working with him at a young age to learn to be a man who walks with integrity and with a heart to serve others. Ronnel’s grandfather worked full-time at the Firestone plant in Akron, OH, and then spent his downtime as a full-time pastor serving his congregation and community.

Ronnel shares with us that his grandfather, early on, would take a young Ronnel with him when he was ministering to his congregation. Ronnel shares the impact of learning to love and serve others had on him as a young man.

We discuss the difficult transition that Ronnel went through when his grandfather became sick and eventually passed away while Ronnel was a freshman in high school. Ronnel was blessed a second time in that his godfather, James Sheely, stepped into the role of mentor. James was the PE teacher, track coach, and local Councilman. Ronnel speaks about how James would push him in sports to really connect with Ronnel’s full potential. James never let Ronnel back away from giving his best effort in sports and life. When Ronnel held back giving his best effort, James was there to call Ronnel out and push him to do his best.

Ronnel’s story is a powerful example of how a grandfather and godfather/mentor can keep a young man focused on growing stronger in his faith and becoming a man of character. Both his grandfather and godfather knew that young and older men are not perfect, but with love and respect, each can help one another hit their marks in life and with their faith.

Ronnel can be reached and followed at the below sites:

Ronnel’s Emcee and hosting business – More than Me LLC.

On Instagram – Ronnel Blackmon

On Twitter – Ronnel Blackmon

Ronnel’s personal website – Click Here

Here is a link to the book that Ronnel mentioned, Fathered by God

EP – 23 The impact of an aviator on his grandson

My conversation with Bryan Kirkpatrick

This conversation is about the impact a self-taught aviator had on his grandson. My guest for this episode is Bryan Kirkpatrick. Bryan grew up in Wyoming and shared his grandfather’s memories, Jim Good.

Bryan describes how his grandfather enlisted in the Army at the age of 15 and was discharged at 18. Bryan’s grandfather immediately served in the occupation forces after the Victory in Europe. Once he returned home, Jim cowboyed for a while, became a welder, and started working for Amoco upon teaching himself to fly. As a pilot, Jim would fly 40 hours a week throughout Wyoming’s state, checking for any leaks or damage to the pipelines running through the state.

While working for Amoco, Jim started collecting WWII memorabilia and soon opened his own museum dedicated to WWII and general aviation. Within a hanger in Casper, Wyoming, Jim not only worked on his own growing collection of airplanes but started working and painting other War Birds collector’s planes as well.

Bryan has amazing stories of growing up on the other side of town from his grandfather. We get to hear amazing stories of how Bryan and his brother built a B-17 (WWII bomber) that his grandfather stuck into the museum’s display case next to professionally crafted models. Bryan also shares how his grandfather put him to work buffing and polishing his Reno Air Race airplane and how his grandfather displayed and taught him a strong work ethic that Bryan took into the U.S. Marines.

Be sure to check out the following links to learn more about Bryan’s Cool Grandpa and the amazing life.

Links

Good Aviation Veterans Museum

Good Aviation and Veterans Museum (current management of the Good Museum)

A video about Jim Good (Must Watch!)

Interview with Ed Good (Jim’s son) about the Good Aviation Museum

A quick tour of Good Aviation Museum

Opening of the Good Aviation and Veterans Museum

Photos

Jim Good’s home made bi-plane

Jim Good’s racing airplane. Bryanna, Jim’s great granddaughter is almost big enough to fly her great grandfather’s racer
Another picture of the racing airplane
An example of Jim’s art with his great grandchildren
The MIG 15s at the Good Aviation Museum
A close up of the black MIG 15
Jim Good with his great granddaughter, Bryanna

EP – 21 Creating costume fun and memories with grandchildren

My conversation with Harold Weir

In this conversation with Harold, we dive into his passion for his grandchildren and costume building. Harold shares his experiences with living with his 22-month-old grandson and his mom and dad.

Harold and I discuss how he and his grandson have developed a bond whereby the grandson is happy to comply with what grandpa wishes him to do like be still for diaper changes and going down for naps. The secret Harold says is to simply love them and make sure that THEY know they are loved and safe. The discipline really comes from the parents with the grandparents backing up the discipline but in a loving manner.

We discuss Harold’s work with a haunted train ride in this conversation where people would wait up to two hours for about a six-minute train ride. The train and haunt props, characters, and effects would be planned out almost a year in advance. We also talk about our mutual friend, Roger Hayes, who has been a guest on The Cool-Grandpa Podcast and his experience with running a nationally recognized home haunt. (Click Here to listen to Roger’s episode)

Harold and I also get to talk about his fascinating work in the documentary, Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary. Harold shares with us his experience in selecting the Thermians as the category they would dress as for the Salt Lake Comic Con and FanX. His passion for cosplay and excellent costume creation earned him and his family a role in the documentary. (A full article about this experience can be found Here.)

Harold is using his skill as a costume maker to create fun costumes that his grandchildren and family can enjoy together. It is great to see how a grandpa’s talents and passions can be used to create enjoyment for the family and draw them closer together.

Here are some pictures of Harold and the grandchildren:

EP – 16 Building powerful good Halloween fun with the grandkids

My cool conversation with Roger Hayes

Ever wonder who those people are that go over the top at Halloween and have the best home haunt in the neighborhood? Meet Nationally recognized home haunt and prop designer expert Roger Hayes.

Order your drink and pull up a chair so you can join my conversation with Roger as we catch up about all things Halloween. Rog is an old friend of mine with whom I have had many adventures. Some adventures we even tell our wives about. So, come on, pull up a chair, and join us for some great conversation.

Roger and I cover basic grandkid costume safety as well as general trick or treat safety with the grandkids. BTW, Roger prefers makeup to masks. Roger also talks about how grandpas can give the neighborhood and community haunted house the ‘stiff test’ for fun and SAFETY before taking the little grand ghosts and grand goblins through a home haunt.

You would be surprised about the little details that can tip you off to if the home haunt is safe, professional, and likely to be an enjoyable experience for the grandkids.

Roger and I also talk about a few arts and crafts projects that grandpas can do with the grandkids. These arts and crafts projects can become a cool tradition that the kido’s get to do with grandpa each fall. We both agree that the artifacts that the kids make are going to become treasured memories of their time spent with their Cool Grandpa.

Roger is super talented as you will see when you visit his website and view the pictures below. All of the artwork that you see is original and comes from genius of Roger’s mind.

Here are the links to Roger’s site and some cool pictures of Uncle Rog’s tombstone work.

Hayes Haunt

Roger’s Halloween Coloring Book

Hayes Haunt YouTube Video

Roger's Hayes Haunt Logo
A great example of one of Roger's tombstones for the NW Haunters Association
Roger's buddy, Harold Weir, with his personalized tombstone

EP 15 – A 2yr old’s annual review and memories with my grandpa

My Personal Check in with you and I made two new friends…alright!

I am checking in with you in this episode. We discuss my recent visit with my new granddaughter and how my wife was in heaven by getting to hold and take care of a newborn. I go into some detail about conducting my annual review with my 2 yr. old grandson. (We still have some things to work on before his 3 yr. review)

You and I sit down and you let me share some fond memories of my cool grandpa and what he meant to me and my family. I also share a story that was one of those “mom and grandma don’t need to know” stories. Those “don’t tell mom” stories somehow are the ones that stick in your memory the longest. I don’t know why but they do.

I was able to make TWO NEW FRIENDS in the podcasting universe who have been supportive and just great all-around guys.

I met Dean Showalter through Dan Miller’s 48 Days community. Dean has a fun podcast about owning and working on small piston aircraft. Even if you don’t own or work on small aircraft, Dean has some fun and interesting stories that anyone will enjoy. You can find Dean’s podcast here: http://airplaneownermaintenance.com/

I met Steve Owens by just reaching out to him after I heard his interview on Vinnie Tortorich’s podcast about health and nutrition.  Steve has an awesome podcast called Fascination Street. Steve’s podcast centers on drawing out each guest’s powerful and interesting personal story.  Some guests you will know by name and others are fantastic people that you will meet for the first time on Steve’s show. Steve’s podcast can be found here: https://fascinationstreetpod.com/

EP 11 – Big John shares lessons about being a great grandpa

A front porch conversation with John Hosler about being a great grandpa

This is a great impromptu conversation with John Holser, the father of Jon Holser. Jon was a previous guest on the Cool-Grandpa podcast.

John shares his reaction to learning about becoming a great grandpa and provides insights about being a distant great grandpa. We dive into family traditions, growing old, and building relationships with great grandchildren.

EP 10 – Nature, Scouts, and Loving Adventures with Grandpa

In this conversation with Charles Pineo, we discuss raising two in-home grandsons. Charles discusses his love of the outdoors, especially for epic canoeing trips in Canada and the North East United States. We talk about using scouts and the outdoors to help teach confidence and conversation skills with his grandsons. There are fantastic tips on spending time with the grandchildren out away from electronics and how helping them spend time with other adults on adventures increases self-awareness and self-confidence.

Charles can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlespineo/

Charles is also active in the following organizations:

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Cobb County (GA) Meals on Wheels

The Atlanta Area Council – Boy Scouts of America