EP – 40 Good Grandpa

My conversation with Ted Page

Ted Page was tired of the negative messaging about grandpas in popular media when he learned that he was going to become a grandpa. Instead of just complaining about that negative messaging, Ted decided to launch a blog about the positive aspects of being a grandpa and so, Good Grandpa was born.

We sit down for a unique show where Ted and I interview each other about how our lives changed when we found out we were going to become grandfathers. We both have similar journeys with different methods of delivering our messages of the positive impact that grandfathers have in the lives of grandchildren and their families. Ted, writes about his experiences and his views about being a grandfather and I use a podcast platform to create audio content about the value of grandfathers.

During our discussion, Ted shares many impactful and entertaining insights into his role and experience with being a grandfather. One of the biggest takeaways for me was the conversation we had about raising grandchildren to have the courage and strength to express that they respectfully disagree with someone else’s position or opinion. We use the fun example of how great it is when Red Sox and Yankee fans can sit down and have a respectful conversation about baseball and their teams even though you would be hard-pressed to find two groups that “hate” each other. (Although the Dodgers are really the best team) While we use sports as our example, it is important to teach our grandchildren and our families how to get along even when we disagree with one another.

Once you listen to this conversation, come back and leave me a comment or shoot me an email at greg@cool-grandpa.com and let me know what your big takeaway was from this episode.

Links

Click HERE for the Good Grandpa Blog

Click HERE for Ted’s LinkedIn profile

Click HERE for Good Grandpa Blog on Instagram

EP – 31 How to Enjoy the Grandkids Through All Ages

My conversation with Gordon Hunter

Gordon Hunter sits down to talk to me about how to enjoy grandkids of all ages. Gordon Hunter is a good friend from here in the Atlanta, GA, area I have had the honor to know for about 16 years. We have a great conversation about Gordon’s experience with being a grandpa and now great-grandpa to fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In our conversation, we learn about Gordon’s reaction to becoming a grandfather and how he was able to use his position as a Delta pilot to be close to the grandchildren when they were younger. Gordon also shares how three of his four daughters eventually relocated back to Georgia where the grandchildren were close by.

Gordon shares how he has shared his many interests and hobbies with the grandchildren. The grandchildren have been exposed to many hobbies such as working on cars, sailing, flying, and working on a farm.

We talk about how Gordon and his wife Brooke have included their children and grandchildren into their Christmas tree farm (Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm) business. Gordon includes the grandchildren in the preparation, planning, and daily working of the Christmas tree farm. You can imagine the important bonds developed by the family, all working together and the grandchildren learning how a business runs and operates.

Gordon and I also discuss the differences in how he views his role as a grandfather versus how his grandfathers interacted with him growing up. We compare and contrast how Gordon is very hands-on and very involved with the grandchildren but his grandparents, while loving him, were more formal in their interaction with a young Gordon.

Links:

https://www.hunterschristmastreefarm.com/

EP – 28 Maj. General Rupertus Pt. 2

Welcome back! This is part 2 of my interview about Maj. General Rupertus, USMC. In this episode, Heather, Kim, and Amy join me to talk more about their extraordinary grandfather.

If you haven’t heard the first episode, I strongly recommend that you go back and listen to it. In fact, Click Here for the link to that first episode (26). In the first episode, we spend a lot of time going over the sisters’ motivation to dive into their grandfather’s story and connect with him even though they never met him.

In this fun second episode, we learn all about William H. Rupertus. Heather, Kim, and Amy take us on an exciting journey into their grandfather’s life. They share with us the fun times, the hard times, and their grandfather’s perseverance in this conversation. We learn firsthand from his loving granddaughters how he served his country, lost his first family in his country’s service and then led the First Marine Division during the early years of the War in the Pacific.

You can find many of the sisters’ helpful links to researching and documenting their grandfather’s experience in the first episode’s show notes (Click Here). Still, I am also providing a few key weblinks and references below, such as the Rifleman’s Creed.

When you want to reach out to Amy or any of the sisters with information about the China Marines in the 1930s or about the First Marine Division during the War in the Pacific, or would like to follow the development of their book on their grandfather please connect with them at:

@MajGenRupertus – Twitter

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

Let Amy and her sisters know that you have listened to their fascinating story on The Cool Grandpa Podcast and what your favorite story of theirs is with regards to their research and passion for connecting with their grandfather.

Below is an interview with Major General Rupertus

Interview with Major General Rupertus. Major General Rupertus’ remarks start at 17.39
The Rifleman’s Creed – Author Major General Rupertus
A young William Rupertus
1st Marine Div. Commander Gen. Rupertus is pointing out something on the map to the Army’s Gen. MacArthur, Maj. Gen. Chamberlain and Lt. Walter Krueger

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 – 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 13 – A cool teacher dedicated to helping young people succeed

My conversation with James Divine

In this conversation, James and I discuss his background as a member of the US Army Band, marring his high school sweetheart and being a cool grandpa to six grandchildren. 

James and I also dive into his work as a speaker, coach, and content creator. We both share how we connected through Dan Miller’s’ 48days community and how we are continuing to grow our interests, skills, and passions while being cool grandpas.

James has made a very generous offer of 50% off his course, Adulting 101: Practical, social, and emotional skills every young person should know. That can be accessed at www.jamesdivine.net/101free

When you check out this course and like what you see, at the check out simply enter the code “grandpa” to receive your 50% off discount.

If you would like to learn more about James and the awesome work he is doing to help young people learn the skills to become successful adults, you can find him at www. jamesdivine.net, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/james.divine.5494 on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/divinejames

Click on the above to listen to this fun conversation!

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.