An interview with filmmaker Melissa Howden about her grandfather, US Army Chaplain "Ted" Howden. Chaplain Howden is considered a holy man by many. He was an Episcopal Priest who died in WW II in a POW camp.
©2012 Peter A. Menkin (P)2013 Peter A. Menkin
I admit I turned this story around for the filmmaker was angry with her grandfather and he was a holy man. But that story is here, too. So the conflict of a granddaughter's love for a grandfather is apparent. And he served his country with more than honor, with holiness. All say that.
As author of the interview and narrative of reporting the story I was surprised at the filmmakers anger at her grandfather and the church. There was not just one moment of this significant fact. But that is just my opinion.
Oh, yes. She has a very good voice and it has a distinct sound to it. You will agree, she is good and narrates this well: intelligently.
That the prayers in the book of holy men and woman prayed for this man who was a Chaplian. I found that quite moving and was surprised he was in the book. But I am religious, myself, so that would have meaning to me.
This is really a story of World War II and the effect one man's going to war had on his family. For me, as writer of the narrated documentary news piece, it told of a granddaughter's reaction to a holy grandfather and her disaffection to the Church and religion. It did not captivate her or move her to faith. I found this surprising, personally. And edifying in a historic sense. It told of her generation's values, if I may editorialize outside the documentary.
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