I’d forgotten about this.   Back in 2012 Allen Matkins, the law firm I was with for over 27 years, commissioned Liz Hergott to interview me and put together a video the firm shared on their community outreach website.   It had been less than four years since our son, Jimmy, had been struck and killed by an automobile.   I was still pretty raw.   I gave Liz some back ground on Jimmy and our family and the events leading up to the miraculous arrival of the letter from my father, forty years after he wrote it.   That story was captured in the multiple-award winning film The Letter, by Steve Date.

In the video, I also talk about how this website Write Me Something Beautiful  got its start.   Here’s the link to Liz’s 10 minute video.

Out of Tragedy-Something Beautiful


Grover, Casey and Jimmy Gauntt


Thank you Liz for putting together such a beautiful story, and to Allen Matkins for producing it.

Here is a link to Liz’s website:  FEAST STUDIOS

Liz Hergott



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Write Me Something Beautiful Authors - Casey and Jimmy Gauntt

Casey Gauntt

is a retired attorney and former senior executive of a major San Diego real estate company. He lives in Solana Beach, California, with his wife, Hilary. Casey grew up in Itasca, Illinois, graduated Lake Park High School in 1968, and received B.S., JD and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California.

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Jimmy Gauntt

was born and raised in Solana Beach and graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 2002.   A prestigious Trustee Scholar at the University of Southern California, he majored in English and Spanish. He authored six plays, five screenplays, and a multitude of poems and short stories. Beginning in 2010, the USC English Department annually bestows the Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award—aka “The Jimmy”—to the top graduates in English.  Jimmy passed over to the other side in 2008 at age 24.

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