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RJ's Newsletter - May 23, 2006
RJ’s Newsletter—May 23, 2006
Welcome to RJ’s Newsletter, which is written to inspire myself and others to live a “grand, heroic, life.”  (from a poem by Walt Whitman)
Favorite Quotations of the week:
1.  " Service is the rent you pay for room on this planet.”---Shirley Chisholm
2.  “"If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself." -- Mickey Mantle
3.  “Even smiling at someone, I feel as if I’m doing something to make the world a better place.” ----Danny Glover
4.  “Take time every day to do something silly.” ---Philipa Walker
5.  ” Life consists not in holding good cards, but in playing those you hold well.” ----Josh Billings
6.  ”If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying.”---Coleman Hawkins
7.  “Life is full of miracles, but they’re not always the ones we pray for.”--- Eve Arden
8.  "I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." -- Helen Keller
9.  " Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses." --- Dale Carnegie
10.  "Whenever we do what we can, we immediately can do more." ---James Freeman Clarke
11. "I always believe I can beat the best, achieve the best. I always see myself in the top position."—Serena Williams
A couple Great Websites
Inventive Productions update:
1.     This past week we completed the first draft of the video biography DVD we are creating for World War Two Medal of Honor recipient John “Bud” Hawk.  Mr. Hawk is a true American hero who lives here in the Northwest.  His biography is inspirational and moving.  On Saturday, Bud Hawk was the Grand Marshall at the Armed Forces Day Parade in Bremerton, WA.  This was the 58th Armed Forces parade that Bud has been in so far.  This parade in Bremerton has been called the largest Armed Forces Day Parade in America.  There were tons of people from all ages and all walks of life, taking time to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces.  It was great to see Bud talking and shaking hands with many dignitaries, including celebrity singer Lee Greenwood, composer of the classic song, “God Bless the USA—I am Proud to be an American.” Mr. Greenwood made a point to tell me “Bud Hawk is the man!  He is a true American Hero.”   The Bremerton Sun ran a great article about Bud in Friday’s edition.  It was interesting to see Bud Hawk’s signature and pictures for sale on Ebay.  He really is a celebrity.  A short sample of the “John Hawk—Medal of Honor Autobiography” can be seen at
2.  There is a good article that discusses the important benefit of “STRUCTURED REMINISCENCE.”   "Numerous studies show when a person is led through 'structured reminiscence,' they become less depressed, require fewer doctor visits and live longer."  Read more at
4.      We are currently working on several interesting projects, including one for a former NFL quarterback, an 80-year old retired accountant,  a blind artist & poet, a motivational speaker, a former collegiate baseball player, a former safe-cracker turned author, a retired CEO, a retirement home, and a dentist. 
5.     We are excited to be able to offer our video production services to so many different kinds of people.  Our team is experienced in doing TV commercials, video newsletters, video business cards, web video, streaming video, marketing videos, training videos, LOVE videos, Video Autobiographies, documentaries, etc.  If you know of anyone who needs any type of production work dealing with film or video, please refer them to   We really do care. 
6.     We are giving free tours of our production studio, including our Green Screen production room, editing rooms, etc.  Let me know if you want a free tour of our facility.  Have you ever seen yourself on a Green Screen?
Ship of Miracles update:
This past week Peter Haskell layed down some incredible original music for a sequence for my new documentary, SHIP OF MIRACLES.  Peter was kind enough to let me use a short section from the new symphony he is writing this year.  I am pleased to say that the editing was completed last week on this documentary film project.  Thanks to the sponsorship of the IDA (International Documentary Association), we have been able to secure tax-deductible status that helped raise donations from numerous people.  Our Musical Director, Brian Johnson, is putting down custom musical soundtrack, and a rough cut of the film will be ready for viewing in a few days.  If you would like me to send you a sample DVD, please let me know.  I appreciate your input, suggestions, and feedback.  We are planning to hold a test screening in the Seattle area of this film in the next couple of weeks.  To learn more about this project, go to
Writing update:
I am pleased that my first two novels have just been published.    Read more about the book “The Dirty Deed,” at
Read more about the book “My Kids,” at  My third book, BONUS TIME AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, is currently being edited, and should be available later this year.  I am nearly finished with my fourth book, THE BRILLIANTS AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, which I hope to have completed for publication early next year. 
Umatilla Film update:
My award-winning documentary, UMATILLA, is now be available on DVD at
You can learn more about this film project at
Family update:
The kids are busy preparing for final exams and boxing up their bedrooms for our move to Redmond, WA.  It has been a long time since we’ve seen these teenager’s rooms so clean.  My daughter Crissy helped me set up my first MYSPACE account.  You can view it at  My wife Victoria just passed her Real Estate Brokers exam for Washington and is excited to be opening Family Realty here.  She also will continue to be surrounded by her loving dachshund puppies.  You can see pictures of them at   
Joke of the week:
Q: What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work?
A:  A stick.
(Joke submitted by my son Jason)
Dedication:  This week’s newsletter is dedicated to Rick Peare, who is passed away last week.  Rick was a really nice guy, who left a great bunch of beautiful children and a family who loved him.   He also had a great legion of friends.  We will miss him.
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Have a great day.
RJ McHatton
Inventive Productions LLC
3625 132nd Avenue, S.E.
Suite 100
Bellevue WA 98006
Studio office 425-747-4538
cell 503-470-0728
P.S.  If you know of someone who should tell their life story, please have them contact me at    We can put together a custom-designed package that will fit their needs.  My goal is to help people tell their stories in their own words.
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