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"Memories" by Al

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Al Waterman works on making a memory DVD of photos.

GRANDVIEW - Albert Waterman really likes history. He says people have all kinds of history in their house, usually buried somewhere in a closet. The history he's talking about are family pictures.

"Lots of people have pictures laying around of aunts, uncles and other family memories," Waterman said. "I want people to get their photographs out of the closest for people to see them."

Waterman and his wife Rose accept photographs and put them on a DVD. They add music and people can watch their favorite pictures with their favorite music on their TV.

Waterman started messing around with the idea about seven months ago. Waterman and his wife are members of the Tuff Enuf Cascade Crawlers Jeep Club and they take pictures of all their trips. He needed a way to keep all his photos organized so he started putting them on DVDs.

Tragically, one of the club's members, Daniel Hopper, passed away. Waterman obtained several pictures of Hopper from family and friends, ranging from when Hopper was a baby up until the time of his death. He put them on a DVD and added some music.

"We set up a screen and played the DVD at the funeral," Rose Waterman said. "We got a very good reaction."

People appreciated the DVD so much the Watermans thought other people might like it too. Thus, "Memories" by Al came into being.

"We dedicate our business to Daniel because that's what started it all," Rose added.

The DVDs are not just pictures on a disc but more of a story told through photos.

Right now the Watermans are only set up to put photos on a DVD or VHS tapes onto a DVD. Soon they will be able to take 8mm and 16mm film and put it onto a DVD. "It's memories of the family," Waterman said. The Watermans think this is a wonderful way to celebrate the lives of loved ones.

They think weddings, birthdays, funerals, anniversaries, graduations and quinceaneras will be a big hit but are also thinking about sports teams.

"Imagine giving your parents a memory DVD of their marriage at their 30th anniversary," Waterman said.

They got their business license April 1 and they also got a music license. This will allow them to put on shows at places and play other people's licensed music.

For example, if a parks and recreation team had Waterman put together a DVD of the team's season and wanted him to play it at an awards banquet, Waterman is licensed to do it.

Waterman doesn't know how fast or how far his new business will take off but he has worked as an ag equipment service technician for 31 years and would like to be able to retire and put his time into "Memories" by Al, but he's not holding his breath.

The Watermans offer four different packages with the price ranging from $150 to $300. They also do small jobs for $50 and under.

A 75 photo DVD with heading, standard transitions, music and two copied DVDs starts at $150. A DVD scrapbook can hold between 250 and 300 photos.

"I played around with the program for about six months before I got good enough to offer the service to other people," he said. Waterman also took some training online for the program he uses to create the memory DVDs.

"He'll be up all night trying to get a certain effect," his wife Rose said.

Waterman agrees. "One effect I'm working on now is to make it look like you're flying over the photo," he said excitedly. "I can't do it yet though."

Al or Rose can be reached at "Memories" by Al at 509-305-0154 or 509-882-4894.

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