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The Big Idea

The Big Idea

The Big Idea!

In a manner large or small, during the course of our lives we all influence and impact those around us. Long after we’ve moved on to other places & pursuits, in our wake lay people changed by their interplay with us. Following even a brief encounter, there also lays a world changed in ways seen and unseen; known and unknown and most often, unintended.

Stories Dad Never Told documents–through the recollections and memories of others–the ways former ABCNEWS 20/20 correspondent Tom Jarriel impacted those around him ─ and the world at large.

Jarriel retired in 2002 as one of the most honored journalist in the history of TV news. His reporting made a difference, no doubt. Among dozens of highlights, he was the first U.S. TV reporter to document the Ethiopian famine in the 1980s, as well as the heart-wrenching plight of Romanian orphans the following decade. The former prompted President Ronald Reagan to telephone ABCNEWS and ask that the original report be re-broadcast. It was and affected others to kick-start worldwide relief efforts such as the “We Are The World” campaign. The latter motivated hundreds of Western families to adopt Romanian orphans in an effort to create a better life for the hapless.

But as observed by former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather (a colleague of Jarriel dating back their days covering local news in Houston, TX), “unlike so many, Tommy was basically unchanged by his close association with powerful people.” Therefore, more so than Jarriel’s impact as a broadcast journalist, Stories Dad Never Told draws from the influence he has had on others through his demeanor, personality, and character.

It’s the same thing we all do, knowingly for some people, but unawares for most. Hence lays the greater missions of Stories Dad Never Told: To raise consciousness that we all make a difference in the lives of others and to inspire other sons and daughters to explore, discover and document the alterations of their fathers.