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Many people have memories of special times during their high school years, such as coming home, dancing, or graduating.
But not everyone has these memories on DVD. That’s where Joel Johnson, owner of New Age Media Productions comes in.
Over the past year and a half, Johnson has amassed a collection of VHS tapes from various Fort Dodge Senior High events from the 1980s and 1990s.
Much of this collection was donated to him by the late Jon Vessey, who taught English at FDSH and advised the radio club and video technology from 1979 to 2009. Vessey operated a part-time business called Personal Memories Video .
Vessey died in March 2021. He was 69 years old.
“I have homecoming, dances, graduation ceremonies, senior highlight videos and more” Johnson said.
Johnson, who has been in business at Fort Dodge since 2016, said he owned tapes from the ’80s to the late’ 90s and even the early 2000s.
Then a few months ago Janet Altemeier, wife of the late Keith Altemeier, handed over audio tapes of the Fort Dodge Civic Glee Club to Johnson.
Keith Altemeier was a light technician for the Fort Dodge Civic Glee Club for 30 years. He died in 2012. He was 81 years old.
Johnson has since transferred the VHS tapes he received from Vessey to DVDs and the Altemier audio tapes to CDs.
He feels honored to be able to preserve the videos and convert them to a more modern form of technology.
“It’s a piece of high school history for a lot of people,” Johnson said. “And instead of just leaving them sitting on the shelf, I would like to hand them over to the class members and have them remember and relive those moments because I’m sure that with many classes there are friends.” and classmates who have already passed away. and they would potentially be on those videos. And with audio, I think it’s the same. It will bring back memories of being in music with Mr. Altemeier and how much fun they had.
DVDs and CDs sell for $ 15 each.
“I would like to be able to send them to people who would appreciate having a copy”, Johnson said. “Maybe it was their year of graduation and they didn’t get a copy.”
At New Age Media, Johnson can transfer any VHS tape to DVD.
“We transfer tape (VHS) media, audio, audio cassettes, LPSs, slides, and audio and photo reel negatives to currently usable media. “ Johnson said. “It makes a great holiday gift or anytime gift and perfect for preserving history.”
Anyone interested in a DVD or CD can call New Age Media Productions at 515-227-5448 or stop by the company, located at 1026 Central Ave.