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RJ's Newsletter - July 3, 2006
RJ’s Newsletter—July 3, 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)
Some Great Quotations:
"Not all horses were born equal. A few were born to win."-- Mark Twain
"Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." -- Albert Einstein
"The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind."
- Wayne Dyer
“Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it.” -Cullen Hightower
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." --- Babe Ruth
“My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to.  The first was to walk without braces.” –Wilma Rudolph, Olympic Gold Medallist
“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”  -- Jerry West, Basketball Hall of Famer
“Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory, nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt
“Be like the turtle. If he didn't stick his neck out, he wouldn't get anywhere at all.”  --Harvey Mackay 
“The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” -- Arnold Palmer
“Listen to the mustn’ts, child.  Listen to the don’ts.  Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.  Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…Anything can happen, child.  Anything can be.” ---Shel Silverstein
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."--Bill Cosby
“To become a leader, then, you must become yourself, become the maker of your own life.” --Warren G. Bennis
“One kind word can warm three winter months.”--Japanese Proverb 
 “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”—Colin Powell
“The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the others willing to let them.” --Robert Frost
I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end. --Larry Bird
“The greatest thief this world ever produced is procrastination, and he is still at large."-- Henry Wheeler Shaw
Inventive Productions update:
1.     The Strawberry Festival was a lot of fun—our team had a super time at the Strawberry Festival in downtown Bellevue last week.  We all got sunburnt.  It was great to see how so many people really appreciate history and genealogy and family ties.
2.     Costco Booth—it was a real pleasure to meet so many people at the booth we had at Costco in Woodinville. 
3.     Jim Zorn (BEYOND THE LIGHTS)—we are just about finished shooting the biography of the Seahawk’s first starting QB.  He really is a positive role model as a father, husband, football player, football coach, and as Christian.  His message about life has been truly life changing for our entire production team.
4.     Woody O’Rourke (MR BASEBALL)—it was fun to see Woody attending his 50th high school reunion.   His video biography is turning out to be very entertaining.
5.     Shirley Mulliken—this week we are starting a new biography on Shirley.  She has many very interesting stories to tell from her travels all around the world with husband, Jack.
6.     Colleen MacIntosh—we screened the first draft of Colleen’s video biography with her and her son.  Her son was very skeptical about our video biography concept until he saw our DVD.  He learned an entirely new perspective and appreciation for his mother.  It was a very emotional experience to see the son light up when he watched this DVD.
7.     Gordy Graham—we are nearly finished with production of Gordy’s biography DVD.  He truly has led a remarkable life.  A man who once lived for one year on bread and water.  Now he inspires others to live a life worth living.  His life story is stunning, compelling, and moving.
8.     Bob Sealey—last week we interviewed Bob for his video biography.  Bob has been an educator most of his life.  He has dedicated his life to so many worthy causes including the HiLiners.  His life story is very interesting.  Bob has a lot of wisdom, too.
9.     We have a fun OPEN HOUSE PARTY scheduled for Wednesday, July 12th from 5 to 7pm.   You are certainly invited.  Free food, wine, live music, door prizes, demonstrations from our Green Screen studio, and hands-on presentations from our producers and editors.  Feel free to invite your friends.
10.           Our upcoming production schedule includes shooting the Steel Heart Concert in Cle Elum on July 21st
11.           Our editors are working on a Stroke Victim Tough Guy short documentary starring Gordy Graham.  Gordy explains his remarkable recovery from having a stroke.  He believes that he was able to speed up his recovery using visualization techniques.  This short documentary explains his impressive success story.
12.           This past month we were able to help a couple transfer their Tibet Wedding Video to DVD
13.           Here is a great Article in Everett Herald about our services:
14.           Take a look at this fantastic Article in the Wall Street Journal
15.           This past week we assisted in the transfer and duplication of Super 8mm home movies to DVD.
16.           TWO YEAR FINANCING AVAILABLE—we are pleased to announce that we now have two year financing available.  There is no better time to get started on creating a video biography—either for yourself or a loved one.
17.           We now offer additional services where we can create a beautiful hard-bound coffee-table Picture Book, using your photos. 
18.           We also now offer the additional service where we can create a custom Movie Poster for your Custom AutoBiography Video.
19.           Dementia Care—Experts have proven that Biographical Videos can greatly enhance and help in the care of people with dementia and amnesia.  Have you seen the movie 50 FIRST DATES?  By watching a video of your life, you will always remember and feel better about your life.  Dr. Richard A. Wychkoff of Geroservices Inc., tells me that Biographical videos really do work.   Check out his website   
20.           New People on our Team—the Inventive Productions team is growing.  Here is a list of our teammates:
Independent Sales:  Akina Moskinski, Deniz Andrews, Margaret Friedman, Charles Greenwood, Larry Morris, Bill Maxwell, Julie Gottschalk, Peter Haskell
                   Production Team:  Marc Castillo, Tyler Griffin
                   Production Interns:  Kenny, Shayla, Nate, Alisa, Jim
                   Office Administration:  Kellie Ridenour
CMOH mailed out Hawk Video to all living Recipients
This past week we were contacted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.  They mailed out 109 of our just-completed video biography DVD of World War Two Medal of Honor recipient John “Bud” Hawk.  This was one for each of the living Medal of Honor recipients.  Mr. Bud Hawk is a true American hero who lives in Bremerton.  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.   Our goal is to show this film to as many American vets as possible.  I really want to help capture their wisdom and smart incites to life.  A short sample of the “John Hawk—Medal of Honor Autobiography” can be seen at
Ship of Miracles update:
The movie is DONE!  My new documentary, SHIP OF MIRACLES is finally completed.  A rough cut of the film is ready for viewing.  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 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.  My third book, “BONUS TIME AND OTHER SHORT STORIES” will be available later this Fall.   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  You can learn more about this film project at
Family update:
We moved into our new home in Redmond, WA.  It is located at the end of the road, with nearly four acres and a great view.   My wife Victoria is a dachshund puppy breeder.  You can see pictures of our puppies at   My children, Jason and Crissy, are enjoying the sunshine this Summer, and cannot wait until school starts (just kidding).
Joke of the week:
A french fry walks into the bar and says to the bartender "Hey , could I get a beer please?"
The bartender looks at him shaking his head and says "No, we don't serve food here."

(Joke submitted by my son Jason)
Dedication:    This newsletter is dedicated to American GI’s in foreign lands and their families back here at home.  We really need to learn to appreciate the sacrifices these folks are giving to us all.  No matter what your political persuasion, we must not forget these people.
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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
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