“Every day we are losing members of this ‘Greatest Generation.’ Some pass on without telling their stories to anyone,” says Patty Butler Spiers, President of “From Mists of Time.” “That’s why this is such a critical project. We are seeking not just the heroes and personalities, but individuals within every aspect of the conflict.”
From mists of time is dedicating their time to recording and capturing the firsthand accounts of Americas greatest generation. Having over five hundred hours of interviews of people that were directly affected by World War II. The interviews range from children that were forced in to Hitler’s Nazi youth programs, prisoners of war, young girls who experienced the Axis bombings in England to Paul Tibbits, the man who dropped first the atomic bomb ever used in battle.
Patricia Butler Spiers
Her career in television commercial production was launched in 1994 when she won a Best of Show for the American Advertising Federation for Southern Colorado, the first of many award winning political and business commercials. The political commercial was “Pork Barrel” a humorous spoof. In 2003, Patty started a nonprofit organization From Mists of Time for the purpose of capturing history through storytelling, which resulted in the production of Bomber’s Moon: Girls Beneath the Bombs for Rocky Mountain PBS. It aired twice in 2009 and most recently was featured in The Indie Spirit Film Festival.
She has written news for KVOR, teaches history and is in production for another Rocky Mountain PBS special. Her Soul of the Delta is a documentary shot in the Mississippi Delta Churches with incredible soul-filled songs from small choirs and congregations singing the old field hollers and Spiritual, from a hundred years ago. This show was featured in the Canne Film Festival in the “Short Corner” as well as three other festivals, including Denver International Film Festival. Recently she was Associate Producer for a Rocky Mountain PBS documentary about Baby Doe Tabor, Matchless Mine: Anatomy of a Scandal.
Patty started her career in talk radio as co-host of the first women’s talk show in Colorado Springs, “Anything Goes” on KVOR. From 1997 through 2003 she co-hosted the award winning “Friday Edition” with Richard Randall on KVOR. It was the top rated local talk show in southern Colorado. The show earned awards from the Associated Press and the Colorado Broadcasters Association. Three times it was awarded “Best of The Springs” recognition from The Gazette, and The Independent.
Patty’s true passion is broadcast journalism; linking the present to the past through the latest audio and video technology. She researches and writes freelance feature stories for outlets such as KVOR, KCSJ KWHS-TV, National Public Radio, Rocky Mountain PBS. She was awarded first place for such a story during 2002, by The Communicator Awards. She worked as the News Director, Producer and News Anchor at KCSJ in Pueblo, Colorado. She also wrote and produced extended feature stories and hosted the innovative news magazine radio program “Sunday Southern Colorado” which the Colorado Broadcasters Association recognized as Best Entertainment Program for 2002.
She has worked in radio since 1996 and earned two Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards, as well as fifteen awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and four from the Associated Press. Most recently she received a CBA award for her own original Roadtrip Television Show, broadcast on KWHS-TV.
Born in Texas and educated in a South Carolina boarding school, she has called Colorado home for more than twenty years. She has combined a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recording Arts and a Masters Degree in Philosophy of History as a justification to record living history through storytelling. Her radio career started in Montgomery, Alabama when she took a course from Auburn University in radio production and found the theater of the mind is the real theater.
Michele Strilich, Board Vice President
Michele is an award winning writer/producer with extensive experience in video production. A combination of more than 15 years at local Colorado Springs NBC and ABC affiliates, allowed her the opportunity to hone her skills in writing, producing, editing, set design and voice over. Her expertise lies, not only, in commercial production but in documentaries as well. Michele’s historical documentary showcasing Leadville, Colorado, entitled The Matchless Mine: Anatomy of a Scandal, was aired on Rocky Mountain PBS in 2013, as well as another documentary that she co-produced in 2009 entitled Bomber’s Moon which focuses on young girls who lived through the bombings in WWII Europe. Michele owns Grumpy Cat Productions, Ltd., a full service video production company.
Mary Littlejohn, Board Member
Mary Littlejohn, Lt.Col.(ret), USAF NC, was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. After graduating from Gordon Keller School of Nursing in 1966, she joined the USAF. Her assignments over 20 years included TyndallAFB, Seymour Johnson AFB, Sheppard AFB, Travis AFB, USAF Academy and overseas assignments at Zweibrucken AB, Germany, Karamursel AB, Turkey, and at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. In Vietnam, she served as a flight nurse aboard C-130 aircraft for which she was awarded the USAF Flight Nurse of the Year award. She obtained her BSN degree from Incarnate Word College in 1975. Since her retirement from the USAF in 1987, she has been an active member the Society of Air Force Nurses where she volunteers in assisting elderly retired USAF nurses in the local area. She has also enjoyed speaking in the local schools about her experiences in Vietnam.
Patricia Chappell, Board Member
Patricia Chappell, Col.(ret) USAF NC, is the Division Disaster State Relations Director for the the Colorado Red Cross. Before retirement, she served in the USAF Nurse Corps and worked her way up to the position as the director of Clinical Services for DoD TRICARE. During her time in service, she earned numerous awards and decorations like the Certificate of Valor and Cara Barton Leadership designation award. Patricia also holds a BS in Nursing from Florida State University, a MA in Guidance and Counseling from Ball State University, and a MS in Health Care Delivery Systems from the University of South Florida. She has been an active volunteer for the American Red Cross in Colorado for the past 7 years.
- Colorado Springs Indie Film Festival
- Bomber’s Moon: Girls Beneath the Bombs
- April 2010 bombersmoon.com
- Short Film Corner – Cannes Film
- Director, Writer Soul Of The Delta – documentary
- Producer 2007 soulofthedelta.com
- Memphis International Film Festival, 2006
- Soul Of The Delta documentary
- Denver International Film Festival, 2005
- Soul Of The Delta documentary
- Roadtrip Television “Glen Eyrie” CBA award, 2014
- Trackers Telly Award, 2003
- PORK BARREL ADDY Award, BEST OF SHOW 1994
- Bombers Moon: Girls Beneath the Bombs, PBS, KWHS, KETD, KWHB, 2009-2013
- Soul of the Delta, KWHS-TV 2012
- Roadtrip Television KWHS-TV 2012, 2013, 2014
- Matchless Mine: Anatomy of a Scandal, PBS 2014
- Producer/ Writer / Reporter, V-E Day – 60 Years Later, KVOR
- 2nd Place, Colorado Associated Press Documentary 2005
- Producer/ Writer / Reporter, Startling Beauty, KVOR
1st Place, Colorado Associated Press, Documentary 2004
- Producer / Reporter, “The Search For Inmate 2464”, KVOR
- 1st Place, Colorado Associated Press, Investigative Reporting 2004
- Writer/Producer – Deadly Skies, KVOR
- 1st Place Edward R. Murrow Regional Award, News Documentary 2002
- Producer/ reporter Death Car Memories, KCSJ
- 1st Place Edward R. Murrow Regional Award, Feature Reporting 2002
- Producer/Writer/Host – Sunday… Southern Colorado, KCSJ
- 1st Place Colorado Broadcasters Association, Best Entertainment Program 2002
- Reporter/Writer, Ghost Train – Christmas 1957, NPR
- 1st Place, The Communicator Award, Documentary 2002
- Producer / Reporter, The Search For Inmate 2464, KVOR
- 2nd Place, Colorado Associated Press, Documentary, 2002
- Producer/Writer/ Host – Deadly Skies, KKMG, KSPZ, KKFM, KUBL
- Honorable Mention, The Communicator Awards, Documentary 2002
- Writer/Producer/Reporter, A Different Kind Of Scared, KVOR
- 1st Place, Colorado Associated Press, General Reporting, 2001
- Producer / Co-Host, The Friday Edition, KVOR
- Best Radio Talk Show, Colorado Springs Gazette – 2000
- Producer / Co-Host, “The Friday Edition Live From The Stanley Hotel”
- Colorado Broadcasters, Best Remote Broadcast – 1999