November 11, 2007
RJ's Newsletter - June 7, 2006
RJ’s Newsletter—June 7, 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:
1.  “Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” --Wayne Dyer
2.  What the world really needs is more love and less paper work. --Pearl Bailey
3. “Today you are You, that is truer than true.  There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss
4.  “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”---Indira Gandhi
"The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term is the indispensable prerequisite for success."
- Maxwell Maltz
6.  “Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence” --  Vince Lombardi
7.  A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
--Sir Winston Churchill
8.  "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." --Warren Buffett
Inventive Productions update:
1.     This past week we interviewed a former prison warden from Walla Walla Prison who was very proud of the transformation he personally saw in Gordon Graham who was once a real tough guy, a bad guy, who robbed people, who then became a changed man and motivational speaker.  It was very interesting to learn that this former prison warden also was a war hero who flew Mustangs in WW2 and who also worked as a writer with Erle Stanley Gardner (author of the Perry Mason books).  I think that every one of us has a unique story to tell.  To learn more about Gordon Graham, go to
2.     This past week we interviewed family and friends of former NFL quarterback Jim Zorn, for his Autobiographical video.
3.     This past week we completed the video biography DVD 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.  He was decorated by President Harry Truman for being a “human aiming target” and for helping to capture over five hundred enemy in one day.   We are planning to send a copy of this DVD to every Medal of Honor recipient in America.  Our goal is to show this film to as many WW2 vets as possible.  Right now, over 1400 World War 2 veterans die in America every day.  I really want to do what I can to capture their wisdom and smart incites to life.  A short sample of the “John Hawk—Medal of Honor Autobiography” can be seen at
5.     We are looking for a Seattle-area movie theater to showcase our Bud Hawk DVD to local military veterans.  We want to do a free or charity event, where we can show local veterans the Hawk film and also help raise money for charity.  If you have an idea of a great venue, please email
6.      We are completing a great new Autobiographical video for a local, 80-year old retired accountant.
7.     Interns wanted.  We are getting very busy with all these new Video Autobiography projects.  All prospective interns should email their resume to
8.     We are nearly finished with the production of an Autobiography video of a regular Seattle guy who lived a normal American life.  His life is so normal that it is so very interesting.  Everyone does have a great story to tell.    The interesting thing is that his story is funny, sad, emotional, compelling, and very entertaining.
Ship of Miracles update:
We are currently working hard in the middle of the night on the soundtrack for my new documentary, SHIP OF MIRACLES.  I am pleased that the editing is completed.  A rough cut of the film will be ready for viewing in a few days.  If you would like me to send you a free sample DVD, please email me at   I appreciate your input, suggestions, and feedback.  We are planning to hold a couple of test screenings in the Seattle area in the next couple of weeks.  To learn more about this project, go to
Writing update:
I need your help.  I am pleased that my first two novels are now available on AMAZON.COM.    Just go to and do a search for RJ McHatton.  You will be able to see my first novel, THE DIRTY DEED, and my second novel MY KIDS.  If possible, please give the books a RATING.  This will help people all around the world to decide whether they should buy the books.  Feel free to give me a plug if you want to.  Thanks for your help.  My third book, “BONUS TIME AND OTHER SHORT STORIES” will be available this Summer.   My fourth book, “THE BRILLIANTS AND OTHER SHORT STORIES”, will be available later this year or early next year. 
Umatilla Film update:
My award-winning documentary, UMATILLA, is now be available on DVD at
Thank you very much to those of you who have purchased a copy of this controversial documentary.  You can learn more about this film project at
Family update:
We finally closed escrow on our new home in Redmond, WA.  It is located at the end of the road, with nearly four acres and a great view.  We are very lucky and blessed.  The kids are very excited that school will be over on the 15th.  Then off to our new home.  Victoria has been very busy packing, packing, and packing.  I am sad to say that I am ready to give away most of my precious collection of books and most of my magazine collection, too.  I have accumulated thousands of books over the years.  I think I am ready to downsize for the first time ever, and give away MY BOOKS and MAGAZINES!  If you are interested in taking some of these books for free, please email me at  I cannot believe I have so many American Cinematographer magazines and movie books and sales books and …..  My daughter Crissy did a great job in setting up my MYSPACE page.  You can view it at  My wife Victoria is starting a new company in WA called Family Realty and she also plans to startup a new dachshund puppy business, too.  You can see pictures of them at   
Joke of the week:
Timmy: Miss Teacher, would you yell at me for doing something I didn't do? 
Teacher: No. 
Timmy: Good, because I didn't do my homework!

(Joke submitted by my son Jason)
Dedication:  This week’s newsletter is dedicated to all the kids in America who are going to graduate this week from school.  May they never lose their enthusiasm and their dreams.    I hope they just go for it.
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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 have time, please tell a friend or family member or someone at work, to go to our website at I really appreciate your help with referrals.  Remember, each friend you refer to me that purchases a Video Biography will earn you a cash referral.  My goal is to help people tell their stories in their own words.  Thank you for helping me to achieve my dream.
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