Well, it's the last week of November and you know what that means, at least here in the United States. That's right: National Day of Listening is this Friday, Nov. 27. Yes, after football is over, so no worries there.
This is the second National Day of Listening, which was started in 2008 by the non-profit StoryCorps. The group aims to encourage average citizens to record conversations with their friends, neighbors, and loved ones, and to preserve those conversations for posterity. (Because they know as well as we do that we're entering a digital dark ages here, and we're gonna need all the primary source evidence we can get! Transcription is the watchword.)
And if you've always had a hard time relating to Grandpa Jerry and you can't imagine what you'd ask the man, fear not! The site even has a list of Great Questions that you can use, modify, and supplement for your interview.
Just don't forget to get that release form. Believe me, you don't want to be arguing with Uncle Ed come this time next year, after he finds your blog about his interview during his vanity search...