In 2009 I did a series of interviews with Joseph Joyner. His family calls him Pop. Some people know him as their old doctor, a life saver for premature or sick babies and San Diego’s first African American pediatrician.
In Zimbabwe he’s known as a missionary. In India he may be known as a researcher of pandemics and viruses. To friends of the family and members of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity he may be known as that trash talking old man. To me he’s grandpa, and the only person I’ve ever met who threatened to haunt me when he dies by tickling my feet when I sleep.
As part of the celebration of his 90th birthday those interviews were drawn together for what I call a Popumentary.
I wanted to safely capture part of my family’s history. Yes so that I don’t forget but also for my daughter and future ancestors so that they understand who Joseph Joyner is and are able to part for retention of my family’s stop
I interviewed pop because he has an amazing story to tell, because despite short stature he is a giant; a man who met his father once but raised five children and ensured the health of tens of thousands of kids as a neonatologist and pediatrician.
A man who lied about his age to enter World War II, argued philosophy with Martin Luther King Jr., has a history of volunteerism and has played a violin for the better part of the last century.
I want people to have easy access to the Popumentary so the video is intentionally broken into 30 bite-size pieces and organized into a playlist on YouTube, so viewers have the choice to see one part or continuously watch the edited interview in its entirety.
Embedded below is the Popumentary playlist and a link to each question that comes together to make the Popumentary.
12. My Daughters