I need your help. This is a great opportunity to have fun, and do something that will be appreciated by generations to come.
We are fortunate to have several people living in or visiting Emerald Isle that have recollections that go back 30, 40, and 50 years. These people always have interesting stories to tell from years ago. There are stories of political rallies being held to host 1,000 people or more; of whales being buried on the beach, memories of the first fire truck and police car, memories of the first house being built in different parts of town, stories of fisticuffs among friends at town board meetings, and stories of lots being sold out of the trunk of a car on weekends. Once you get these longtime “residents/property owners” to talking, it is hard to get them to stop, and they are very interesting. They often laugh about the things that made them so mad then, but don’t seem so important now.
Unfortunately, many of these people are not in the best of health, and they need for someone to organize and reduce their memories to writing. That is where I need your help. I have a list of about 10 people that have long and fond memories about Emerald Isle. I need several people to interview these people and put their memories on paper. Each of these people will surely tell of others in the area that we should talk to.
If you have stories yourself that you would like to contribute, please send them to me. One family that first built here in 1962 is talking about having a family get-to-gether (three or four generations) to record what they remember from the past. I encourage other families to do the same, and of course we would like to have a written record of what you come up with. Be sure to include some rough dates (exact date is great, but 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s is OK), key locations, and of course names..
After we collect all of these stories, the hope is to put the stories in book form, so that they can be enjoyed by others for generations to come. If you are interested in helping with this project, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 252-354-3424.
Thomas Edison once said "Most people miss out on opportunities, because they are dressed in overalls, and look like work." Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.