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Oral History Videos

Bell Island

Memories and anecdotes about Bell Island from Andy D’Alessio, Alfred Alk, and Grace Sartor.

 

Growing Up in Rowayton

Alfred Alk, Ruth Billard, Donna Gauthier and George Middleton share their reminiscences of childhoods spent in Rowayton.

 

Rock Ledge

The story behind the summer estate of James Augustine Farrell, president and later chairman of U.S. Steel and founder of the Isthmian Steamship Company, and his wife, Katherine McDermott Farrell, shared by Algie Middleton and his son, George Middleton.

 

Credits

Collecting and preserving oral histories of Rowayton has been a priority of the RHS board, and over the past few years, we were extremely fortunate to procure two highly respected film professionals to help.

Peter Morrison 

Peter has directed video programs for large and small pharmaceutical companies, corporations, advertising agencies, and not-for-profit foundations. In addition to generously bringing in his own professional crew to record several interviews himself, Peter set up an archive of all the completed recordings on a hard drive, in preparation for editing. He is an award-winning video director and producer working in healthcare and corporate communications. As a founding partner at Osprey Communications (now a WPP/Grey Group Company), he spent the past 25 years overseeing all video and new media production.

Professor Joe Alicastro

A three-time Emmy Award-winning producer at NBC for 30+ years, Joe traveled extensively around the globe covering breaking news, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the breakup of the Soviet Union, Afghanistan, the Gulf War, and the liberation of Kuwait. He served for many years as a Special Events Producer for NBC's extensive political coverage, a producer for NBC News at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino and most recently acted as Senior Producer for NBC News Education Nation. The former Chair of Broadcast Journalism at the New York Film Academy, Joe is the MACOMM Program Coordinator for News and Broadcasting. He now teaches graduate classes at Sacred Heart University as well as undergraduate courses in Broadcast News Reporting and Producing, TV News Magazine. Joe reached out to students interested in learning documentary filmmaking and worked with them to create short films about Rowayton.

Special Thanks

Special thanks also go to our Oral History Team of Donna Gauthier, Francine Hubbell Duckworth, and Ethelle Shatz, Sacred Heart students Cathy Roberts, Katy Andersen, and Megan Lackman, and of course to those who shared their stories.