By Charlie Johnston
(Update – as it turns out, this is the raw video rather than the edited version. I will check to see if I can get a link to a Youtube that may be compatible with some systems that people are having trouble with. I think I will leave both versions up. Might as well see me warts and all).
I will have a regular post up later today, but the video of the dinner in Birmingham is up now. It was a private dinner at the home of an EWTN employee, Jeff Hahn, and we had not planned a video, but someone asked . He had a camera and a good mike and I readily agreed.
Jeff made a couple of edits at my request. First, earlier in the day, someone had quoted an incorrect number on the number of people who would become physical casualties of the Storm. I had testily corrected them – but must have had it on my mind, for like an idiot, that evening I said the errant number instead of the actual number.
Second, when Fr. Mitch Pacwa began to talk about China, I checked to see who had been buzzing me on my phone. I forgot that the single camera was fixed on me. It looks terribly disrespectful, as if I am ignoring Fr. Mitch. Actually, we had talked extensively and privately about what he was discussing earlier – and the person buzzing me had been insistent, so I was worried there might be an emergency. I was grateful for the break and unconsciously thought the camera would shift to Fr. Mitch – even though I knew it was fixed. I did not want to lose Fr. Mitch’s comments, but I did not want it to look like I was dissing him, for he is truly one of the most brilliant, erudite men I have ever met – so Jeff superimposed a picture of Fr. Mitch when he talks rather than video of me checking my phone.
I am delighted with the tape. It covers a nice overview – and the questions are very good. I will refer people to this tape when they seek a good overview. Thanks to my friends in Birmingham who got this made and up. I have already added it to the “Visit Videos” link at the top of the page.