Book Release has People Thinking about Their Legacies

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Using helpful examples, a newly-released book provides plenty of ideas and step-by-step instructions for anybody wishing to digitally record something of themselves (their thoughts, dreams, life stories, etc.) to leave for family or future generations.

Years ago, a customer in Paul Tabaka’s restaurant in Columbia, MO, related the tragic story of her son’s untimely death. “I remember her telling me that all she had to remember his voice by was his cell phone voicemail,” Tabaka recalls. “She said she played it over and over.” That got Tabaka thinking – thinking about how little is actually preserved of people’s lives. “We live in a society where we always seem to be focused on the here and now,” says Tabaka. “Unfortunately, we lose something important, I think, when we fail to find a way to remember our own pasts, and those who have come before us, those who have touched us in some way.”

Tabaka began looking for ways that people could record themselves or their loved ones for posterity, researching for useful, helpful material. He came up empty-handed. “I thought someone ought to write a how-to book for this kind of thing, since there was nothing at all out there about it. Eventually I decided that maybe I should be that someone.”

Thinking more about the subject matter, Tabaka eventually began to develop the idea of what he has since come to call the “digital legacy”, a means by which people can record their thoughts and recollections, giving them something to leave behind for others – family members or even future generations – to watch and listen to.

Digital Legacy – Keeping Memories Alive, Tabaka’s just-released book, appears to be the first of its kind and is already resonating with people. Written with veteran writer Jerry Payne, and chocked full of useful examples, the book provides a step-by-step process for recording the memories, achievements, hopes, and dreams of yourself or a loved one. “In this day and age, we have all the technology,” says Tabaka. “And for the most part it’s all very user-friendly. Digital video, audio, all kinds of multimedia stuff is out there with easy-to-use software. What we found is that people just needed some ideas, a process for how to put together a production that would be memorable. Hence the book. It’s full of tips and advice.”

Tabaka relates the story of his eighty-seven-year-old neighbor who just recently sat down and video-recorded his World War II experiences. “It was totally captivating,” Tabaka says. “The stories he told were amazing – sometimes funny, sometimes heart rending. It would have been a tragedy for those stories to have been lost with the man’s eventual passing.”

And who else should take the time to put together a digital legacy? “Really, anyone,” says Tabaka. “If you just want to video record yourself telling your family how much they mean to you, or if you want to record your kids, or maybe Grandma so that you’ll have something of real personal value when she’s no longer around. We’ve had a lot of soldiers who are headed overseas interested in recording something before they ship out. Early Alzheimers patients and those facing terminal illness – these are all people who have shown a great interest in the ideas the book offers.”

Available as an e-book through a host of retailers including Amazon, Google eBooks, and Barnes & Noble, the book is also available directly from the author’s website at http://www.digitallegacybook.com for just $3.99. “It’s not really about making money,” says Tabaka. “I think of that woman in my restaurant years ago and I just want to do something to help people remember a loved one, or help them be remembered by others. I think we all want to leave something of ourselves behind, something that people might view or listen to years after we’re gone. We all want to leave a legacy.”

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