Vicki’s Interview

Vicki’s Interview

I had a great time yesterday filming our third interview, this time with Vicki Buck. Vicki was engaging and energetic and had wonderful stories to share, from raising and working with monkeys, being the “World’s Only Female Organ Grinder”, TV game show appearances, and close friendships with Organ Grinder founders and staff. She’s also shared…

A Good Sign

A Good Sign

Well, hello, little fella! Thanks to a tip from our Facebook group member, Jason Pittman (who also took the photo), we know that the original Organ Grinder sign’s monkey (which is likely about 8-10ft tall – not a little fella) still exists! We are not disclosing the exact location at this time, as we are…

A Very Fine Vintage

A Very Fine Vintage

The vintage videotape rig has been activated! Time to digitize some precious memories with the highest-possible quality. A number of people have provided us with videotapes from back-in-the-day. If you have something Organ-Grinder related, please reach out to us, we can digitize most consumer (and some pro) formats and provide you with a digital copy…

Early Inspiration

Early Inspiration

Yesterday we interviewed Nathan Avakian, who was so inspired by his visits to the Organ Grinder starting at 4-years-old that he made a career of being an organist and composer. Nathan spoke about that inspiration, what it’s like to be a young organist, how new people come to discover and enjoy organ music in their…

Documentary Gold!

Documentary Gold!

An sad and insurmountable problem for documentary producers is that, before a certain time, there was no home video – Only still photos, or if you’re very lucky, 8mm home movies. Wait, what? There’s FILM? Somebody shot professional 16mm film of the Organ Grinder in the 1970s? Why didn’t you say so!

Memorabilia Galore

Memorabilia Galore

Today, I met with a charming person who a lot of people might remember from the Organ Grinder’s heyday. This person was in possession of a trove of documents and memorabilia, including multiple scrapbooks kept by Paul Forchuk, one of the Organ Grinder’s co-founders. These scrapbooks were previously thought to be lost. (Obviously, the person…

Meet the Filmmaker

Meet the Filmmaker

Greetings, all. I wanted to share a little bit about why I’m doing this project. My name is Bob Richardson. I’m a videographer and occasional web/app developer in Portland, Oregon. I’m also a bit of an organ nerd – as the photo above readily demonstrates. In 1973, when I was just 4 years old, my…