VIDEO: Area Residents Read The Declaration Of Independence

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The mailman delivered our latest gizmo gadget (a state of the art Ultra Flip HD Camera) a few weeks back and we thought “what the flip should we do with this ding-dang newfangled thingamabob?”

Out of the red, white and blue, it occurred to us that our third President, one Thomas Jefferson, who loved new gadgets and devices and inventions and discoveries, would have gotten a kick out of this powerful little digital camera, the size of a deck of cards, not much smaller than a hand-held booklet-sized copy of what is  known as the Declaration of Independence.

It was 234 years ago right now, that our Founders were “cutting and pasting” their final draft of what became known as that treasured and precious document, the Declaration of Independence, whose primary author was the then 33 year-old future President Jefferson.

So someone said:

“Let’s take our camera around Burien and Des Moines (and Normandy Park and White Center) and ask our fellow neighbors and friends and passersby to read aloud the Declaration into our new little camera, piece the quotes together into one colorful video, and release it to the nation and world on our various neighborhood news blogs.”

And so we did – well actually Mark Neuman did, then Scott Schaefer edited it – see if you can find yourself, or a friend or two:

(…at the end of the video, look for some amusing outtakes as well as terrific “Happy Birthday USA!” salutations)


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10 Responses to “VIDEO: Area Residents Read The Declaration Of Independence”
  1. Michael says:

    Love it! Especially the birthday wishes at the end…

  2. Eric says:

    Words to live and die by. Happy Birthday America.

  3. Jay says:

    Ok, awesome until you had to include the spanish guy. Where is speaking spanish have anything to do about being the 4th of July or the Declaration of Independence? America is where we speak English…Get it.

    • Michael says:

      Spain supported the colonies during the Revolutionary War that led up to the signing up the Declaration of Independence. They provided supplies and weapons, and fought battles in Florida and the Midwest. Look up the Battle of Pensacola and the Battle of Saint Louis for two examples.

      Point being, folks that spoke Spanish had a little something to do with our becoming an independent nation.

  4. Ian Gunsul says:

    That was awesome!

  5. Ursula says:

    GREAT IDEA~Gotta ? that newfangled thingamabob! ~THANKS SCOTT!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY America ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

  6. Guy says:

    Very nice job, Scott. I can see now why you were more busier than usual lately. Great tribute!

  7. Maureen says:

    7:00 P.M. July 4. Milan, Italy.
    THANKS B-Town Blog! I certainly don’t get a Fourth of July Celebration here and the day is nearly over (but yours is just beginning), so your video was my one and only nod to the holiday. It was poignant to be sitting here in a foreign country and hear the Declaration of Independence read aloud by people in my community back home. Thank you… Truly. The video was a great idea.

    I’m not sure, however, what time of year you filmed this. It looked like the middle of winter! Really, if I could I’d send some of these 90 degree, humid days your way to warm you all up! You shouldn’t have to be wearing gore-tex and scarves on the Fourth of July!

    Enjoy the fireworks for me, everyone.

    • jan says:

      Maureen–It was filmed in and around the strawberry festival 6/19 & 6/20 and beyond. And if we would have had gore-tex for the 4th celebration, it would have been a good thing. I ran out of towels last night during the very rainy fireworks at the point! Stay tuned to BTB for scenes from the all day event at 3TP.


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