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In association with Publishing Concepts

Oral History

The Tailhook Association

Project

Members are invited to share their sea stories and experiences for a book that will preserve the rich history of our beloved Association, as told by those who have lived it. Don’t miss this opportunity to tell  your story, capture memories of favorite, funniest, or most inspiring moments.

A book of unique stories,
told by Tailhook members

The Tailhook Association has collaborated with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI), to create an oral history of Tailhook that will record our shared connections. With more than 7,000 members, and so many inspiring legends through the years, what better way to recognize our impact as an association than to share our personal narratives? 

The collection of stories will be available for purchase from PCI.  While there is a fee to purchase the printed book/merchandise (Tailhook does not make any proceeds from this project), you do not need to purchase the book to contribute your Oral History. 

 
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Share Your Stories

Members can expect to be contacted by Publishing Concepts Inc (PCI), our partner who will help us develop our Tailhook stories into a formal legacy book (hardbound and digital) that will be available for purchase!

 

Frequently Asked Questions by Members

 

1. I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information and a story about the Tailhook Association. Is this a legitimate project?

It’s legit! We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce an Oral History Publication for the Tailhook Association. PCI is a family owned business based in Dallas, TX that has published directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities, and military organizations across the nation for almost 100 years. This project allows the Tailhook Association to hear about your personal experiences and explain how the Tailhook Association has helped shape your lives.

 

2. Does the Tailhook Association benefit from this at all?

Yes, in a few different ways:

  1. Updated Information – allows us to effectively communicate with and engage members

  2. Legacy – preserves the history of our organization

  3. Revenue – generates non-dues revenue for member programs

  4. Pride – wearing apparel shows support and love for our organization

 

3. How do I know my information will only be used for Oral History Project purposes?

PCI is committed to protecting your information. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI for the publication of the Oral History Project will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Oral History Project and except as required by court order or law. Upon completion of the project, PCI will redact PII (Personal Identifiable information) from any and all electronic files that we have supplied or were produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Oral History Project.

 

4. I would like to verify or update my information and share a story. How may I do this?

  • If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Oral History Project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you, make any updates where needed, then ask you to share your story about your time with the Tailhook Association. Your story will be recorded and the sound clip provided to the Tailhook Association at the conclusion of the project. 

  • If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information and submit a story. 

  • If you did not receive a postcard or email, you may call the dedicated Tailhook Association update line at 1-866-546-4590. 

 

5. Can I choose what information prints in the publication?

When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative if you prefer any of your information be excluded. You can also communicate your preferences to PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 / customerservice@publishingconcepts.com or to the organization directly.

 

6. I updated my information but need some more time to think about what experience to share. 

You can call back at any time until September 23, 2022 to share your story.

 

7. I shared a story and the representative said I could send some photos. How do I do this?

You will receive an email with a link to upload a photo (black and white or color) plus caption. 

 

If you have also purchased a book but do not have an email address on file, you will be sent a photo mailer to send physical photos in to be printed (note: photos will be returned if you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope).

 

8. Can anyone purchase a book?

The Tailhook Association Oral History Publication is available for sale only to the Tailhook Association members.

 

9. When will I receive my book?

The total duration of the Oral History Project is about 12 months. Since we began the project in late March 2022, the books will be distributed in March-May 2023.

 

10. I ordered a book / package over the phone and would like to cancel my order. How do I do this?

Contact PCI’s customer service helpdesk at 1-800-982-1590 and they will take care of this for you.

For questions, or more information, please call, or email janet.w@tailhook.net