We’ve completed over three dozen interviews so far for the Hatfield Project and anticipate just a few more here in Oregon. One of the biggest challenges with a documentary like this is that there are so many people you can interview, but time simply doesn’t allow for everyone to be interviewed.
We’ve heard some amazing stories, and more than once we’ve been moved by the words others have spoken about Sen. Hatfield. I was reviewing our Twitter feed today and came across a series of tweets from our trip to Washington DC. Included in them was a series of snippets from the interviews, little phrases that caught our attention and we sent out via Twitter. I’ve reposted those below for you. Reading these makes us excited about going back through the transcripts for the other interviews and seeing, once again, what people said about Sen. Hatfield.
- Hatfield “relished the lessons, teaching at every opportunity.” Sean O’Hollaren who called Hatfield “Professor”.
- “He loved being a teacher, always.” Marty Gold on Sen. Hatfield.
- “He was a teacher. Someone I looked up to.” Retired Sen. John Warner (R-VA) on Sen. Hatfield.
- “Because he loved his enemies, he had no enemies.” Martin Gold on Sen. Mark Hatfield.
- “A person whose voice mattered.” Jeff Boothe on the “only Senator I would’ve worked for.”
- “His mission was to serve.” Gary Barbour on his boss, Sen. Hatfield.
- “He may have been the perfect gentleman.” Sen. Thad Cochran, Senate Appropriations ranking R, on Sen. Hatfield.
- “He was able to say ‘No’ to you & you left happy.” Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Appropriations chair, on Sen. Hatfield.
- “Sen. Hatfield taught us the difference between being important & having an important job.” Mark Van de Water.
- “Be faithful to your God & family & you’ll never be false to your country.” Sen. Mark Hatfield’s advice to Sen. Gordon Smith.
- “An open mind & listening ear.” Jenna Dorn, Hatfield staffer, on Sen. Mark Hatfield.
We already know the challenge that lies ahead in figuring out what makes the final cut for the film and what doesn’t. The Hatfield Project board of directors has been talking about how we can make even more of the interviews available to the public, to researchers and others interested in learning more about Sen. Hatfield. Stay tuned, we have some good ideas for what we are calling Hatfield Project 2.0.
First, though, we need to finish this film. Right now, we have an immediate need for funds to pay for transcribing the hours of interviews we’ve collected. Can you help? If so, click the DONATE link above. Every bit helps! If you can give a larger amount, $1,000 or more, please contact us via the CONTACT link above to make arrangements.