I can’t even believe I didn’t think of the cassettes.

Cassette tapes for those of you who don’t know are the most hateful piece of recording equipment ever invented.  The sound quality was bad, you had to jam a pencil into the centre of them to rewind them half the time and they were routinely eaten for lunch by even the most perfectly behaved car radio.  One minute you were rockin’ out to the synthesized drums of Tears for Fears and the next minute you were screaming down the highway with a cassette in one hand, and a sick cassette player barfing out tangles of ribbon into your other hand.

It’s a well known fact that cassette tapes are the reason anyone who drove in the 1980’s knows how to steer with their knees.

So when Legacybox offered me their services a few weeks ago I don’t know HOW I could have forgotten about all my cassette tapes.


Legacybox is a service out of Chattanooga, Tennessee that will convert anything and everything into digital format.

Old films, old audio tapes, photographs, slides … anything.



Yes. Even that weird roll of film in the metal container from Christmas of 1960.


Some bizarre Beta format from when I was on television?  Yup.  They’ll do that too.



It’s a ridiculously simple process and SUCH a brilliant idea.

Legacybox sends you a box (literally a crushproof cardboard box) and you fill it with whatever you want converted.  Once the box is full you send it back to them by dropping it into any Federal Express box and you’re done.

The second they get your box full of  incredibly important memories caged inside outdated technology, they send you an email letting you know it arrived safely.

In a couple of weeks you get everything you sent them transferred onto DVD and a thumb drive to stick in your computer or television.

Plus of course you get all of your original sources back.


I had so many things I wanted to get converted it was a bit overwhelming for me.  I have almost 20 years of television hosting under my belt and all the recordings to go along with them.  And they were on every kind of recording format known from Beta tapes, to VHS to DVDs.



My very first demo.  Well I HAD to preserve that.


To ensure everything gets categorized properly your kit comes with a set or barcode stickers that you place on each item you’re sending them.  As soon as Legacybox gets your kit they scan everything.



Just put a sticker on everything you send to them.  You’ll notice the slides there which is really exciting to be able to do because while you CAN scan a photograph and save it to your computer if you have a scanner, there’s absolutely NO way (that I know of) to easily do the same thing with slides.



But THIS audio tape is the thing I was most excited about because I had NO idea what was on it.  When I was putting together my kit for Legacybox I had my mother give me a box of tapes and film reels that I know have been in her closet since I was young enough to think sitting in her closet was fun.

I had a feeling it’s an audio recording of my aunt from when her husband was stationed in Germany.

And it was.  And I was all set to let you listen to it with awe, surprise and excitement like I did, but then I realized you don’t care.  It wouldn’t be fun for you to listen to my Auntie Dot blather on about the price of bread in Germany.

However, if YOU happen to have a little audio tape like this I can guarantee it would be a lot of fun to have it converted to something you can actually hear.

You might like to see a picture of my dad though.



Everybody looked super-cool in the olden days.

It was SO much fun going through my old entertainment interviews and remember how many people I’ve met and interviewed over the years. It really wasn’t that long ago but holy crow … you really do forget.

Here’s a few screen grabs from videos Legacybox converted for me from when I was an entertainment reporter.


With Vince Vaughn



With Henry Rollins


With David Gray



With Rufus Wainwright (LOVE him)


With Nelly Furtado


With Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction


So I completely forgot about all the cassette tapes I own that I could have had converted.  Perfectly GREAT 80’s music like Tears for Fears, Madonna, Dwight Yoakam … all locked into those angry little reels of tape. Maybe next time.

Now back to the title of this post.  Legacybox. The Perfect Gift for the hard to buy for.  This would make a FANTASTIC gift for someone.  But it takes a little bit of time because you’ll have to search out the photos, videos and audio tapes you’d like to convert.  Then you have to mail it to Legacybox and have it converted.

Since you all know I like to have all of my holiday shopping and schlepping done by December 1st I wanted to let you know about this as soon as possible so you had plenty of time to get it all done.

Of course if you want to do it for yourself that’s fine too.  We have to do things just for ourselves the odd time.  Which is what I told myself last night when I ate a whole bag of Cheezies.  It was a special treat for me with the added bonus of making my fingers look exactly like Oompa Loompas.  (the green nailpolish is what really made it sing)

Legacybox isn’t available to Canadians YET.  But they’re working on it and hopefully will have good news on that front in the coming months.   (Part of Legacybox’s motivation for having me, a Canadian blogger, do this sponsored post was to give Legacybox their first test run in Canada.)

Click HERE to get your Legacybox! First 25 people to use the code: STUFF at checkout will receive 40% off their order!

This post was sponsored by Legacybox and is dedicated to everyone who knows how to steer with their knees.


  1. Laura says:

    So cool!! My dad needs this. Also, I’m obsessed with Rufee poo too! In fact, my sister and I are performing on a music cruise in February and guess who’s on the line up! Yep, Rufus!!! I will have him trapped on a cruise ship with me for 7 days. Can’t wait to be his BFF.

    • Karen says:

      Fun! When/where is it? Maybe I’ll go! 🙂 The Secret Sisters and Rufus??? Sounds like a great trip! Say hi to Rufus for me! I say that facetiously. 🙂 I interviewed him a few times and met him a few times casually but the mention of my name would be met with a blank stare, lol. If I go we can all be BFFs together! 😉 ~ karen!

    • nancy says:

      Hey! I’m a fan! Y’all opened for somebody here in Seattle and I had already agreed to trade a day with a coworker. :(….. No good deed goes unpunished. Next time I’m calling in for the love of Truth, Beauty and Fun.

  2. Edith says:

    OMG…..thank you Karen !!!!!

  3. Cred says:

    In Canada, so I can’t get too excited about the legacy box. But Perry Farrell, Rufus Wainright and Henry Rollins- very cool!!
    That must have been pretty exciting opening that box of surprises!

  4. Stephbo says:

    Great idea!

  5. vicki says:

    we have a slide scanner.
    yes, we’re cool like that. 😉

    it did cost a pretty penny though.. so this legacybox thing still sounds pretty sweet.

  6. Susan Hollier says:

    There are slide scanners out there. I scanned my family’s slide collection a few years ago. It took me ages but what seemed like a huge stack of slides barely touched the capacity of a CD! Nice idea to have someone do it for you, once it gets to Canada.

  7. Melissa says:

    This is SO perfect! My mom is going to be SO very excited! Wonderful idea! (I love Tears for Fears)

  8. Barbie says:

    Sounds like something I NEED!

  9. Kath says:

    I can’t believe this. How am I the only person who wants to hear Auntie Dot blathering about the price of bread in Germany? I had to read thru the comments twice to be sure I had that right. There’s nothing like a good blather, and it’s rapidly dying out as an art form. I really feel we’re missing something here.

    • Thandi says:

      I seriously need to hear Auntie Dot too. Like really really. For goodness sake woman! You can’t toy with Kath and I like that! We’re going to lie awake at night obsessing about the price of bread in Germany. Nerdy Social Historians Unite!

    • GC Lehman says:

      I feel the same!! I love stuff like that!!

  10. Miriam Mc Nally says:

    “Dedicated to everyone who knows how to steer with their knees”, i nearly choked on my toast!

    Great post, great gift idea, great business idea!
    And I LOVE the photo of you in the fishnet tights, stunnah (as they say in Dublin!)

  11. Beckie says:

    Henry Rollins is Da Man!

    But I have to say *GO BETTY!!* Your dad is a hawtie!

  12. Erin says:

    Winding the cassette with a pencil… haven’t thought about that in a LONG time.
    (And splicing tapes back together after you retrieve all of their guts and wind them in again; then you memorize the song with a garbled spot cause you’ve listened to it so many times on your walkman… )

    I’d love to convert all of our miscellaneous video tapes to digital. This service needs to be available in Canada.

  13. Jenifer says:

    Sounds like a great service…especially if they can get photos off of old cell phones! That would TRULY be a gift! 🙂

  14. Linda in Illinois says:

    Vince Vaughn and your daddy !! wowza !! Nice job Karen. 🙂

  15. Darlene says:

    Very cool. So I guess the promotional code is good only for US residents? If they do eventually include Canada, I hope you will be able to get us another promotional code at that time.
    AND yes I think hearing your Aunt’s voice would be wonderful. Please do share!

  16. Safetydog says:

    I have used Legacy Box twice, and was quite pleased. It is pricey, but I found coupons on Living Social that reduced the cost by more than half. The first time, I had found some old Super 8 home movies among my mom’s things in my attic – my mom and her sister as kids, my cousins growing up. Had no way to determine the condition of the tapes, and didn’t want to throw them out. Had DVDs made for my cousin as her Christmas gift. It was well worth it to share memories that might have been lost.

  17. Jody says:

    Yikes. When I saw the title of the post I kinda thought it would be a place for ashes and other memorabilia. If you get my drift. WRONG! Can’t wait for this to hit Canada. I think I’ll start stock piling the old technology now.

  18. Linda says:

    Great idea but the promotional code didn’t work. At the “review/place your order” button, the full price was listed. Website said available for 24 hours (total) but no?

  19. Julie says:

    I had old 16 mm video tapes from my parents converted to DVDs at Costco (in Canada). There was one in a plain wrapper instead of the traditional Kodak box…turns out it was late ’50’s/early ’60’s mail order porn! We didn’t have it transferred though. I bet it would have probably been pretty tame!

  20. Susan says:

    Please let us know as soon as this is available in Canada. That would be such a great thing to do with all the odd vintage types of memories laying around.

  21. Dale says:

    With you and Nelly, where is the other Charlie’s Angel?

  22. Dale says:

    Forgot to ask, which is more difficult to do while driving with 2 knees, putting on makeup or tying on a tie zooming down I-80 at 75 mph going for a job interview?
    I can’t speak for the first, sure did the second. Good thing my cassette player didn’t eat up my tape as well.

  23. Gayle'' says:

    After my mom died, all the family photos came home with me. An 18 gallon tote full. That doesn’t include the 1500 slides on carousels, and about 800 more still in the yellow boxes Kodak used back in the day. (I sorted through those and tossed out all the pics my mom and dad took in Europe–those of countryside and those with people we didn’t recognize. The 800 are those that remain.)

    My husband bought me a scanner that does pics and slides. I’m praying for a blizzard this winter so I have no excuse for putting it off another year. Mom died in 2011. There. I shared, so now I feel I have to be accountable. And once I finish those, I better do my own family pics!

  24. Jennie Lee says:

    Could you tell us what it costs, roughly, for different media? My Dad made a wonderful VHS tape of all the 16mm home movies, but never did the 8mm ones. I have hundreds of cassettes, but I have 2 good tape decks, and 3 VCRs, too. I still have both movie projectors, but I think one needs a bulb. Dad’s tape was so cool, because he put appropriate music on it, since they weren’t sound movies. And when I was five, he made a reel-to-reel tape of me saying my ABCs, to go with the film, so that part has sound! This was in TN, so it’s “H Ah J K.” What a Dad! (He also read Uncle Remus stories onto audio tape, using different tape speeds to make Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear voices, for me.) 🙂

    • Karen says:

      You’ll have to click on the link Jennie Lee. It tells you everything there. They don’t charge per item. It’s all the same regardless of what format. Basically you can pick which package you want based on price! The bigger the package the more items you can have converted. So you can send them a box of VHS tapes to convert or, VHS tapes and photos, or film canisters and slides and some photos etc. 🙂 ~ karen!

  25. j says:

    Hi Karen-
    Legacy box will let me fill out: 1-shipping and then I click on: next step which is the credit card info, and nothing. Needless to say, I want the 40% discount,,,
    And may I say your ‘old’ images are quite the hot momma!!

  26. GC Lehman says:

    This would be awesome to have in Canada…..I wonder what it would take to start….? LoL. Hopefully they’ll hurry up.

  27. Luanne says:

    Your auntie in Germany sounds fun of course… but what I really want to see is your first demo tape!!!!! Please please?

  28. Pam'a says:

    ‘Sounds like a FABULOUS thing to do! Except with cassette tapes. You can get those songs yourself, and a lot cheaper, on iTunes.

  29. whitequeen96 says:

    Wow! With the 40% discount, the starter box is only $45! Now that’s do-able even on a tight budget!

  30. Martina says:

    I can’t believe that everyone didn’t jump all over the demo tape!! When do we get to see it?

  31. Gigi says:

    Thanks for the Christmas gift tip. I purchased the starter box and the discount was applied. When asked how I became aware of product?
    Blog (best blog in the world) was by an option. Today, you are an ‘other’.
    Also, did any ‘theartof’ fans check out Karen and her wardrobe (sick shoes) much more than the celebs being interviewed? Love the old school pencil and tablet method btw

  32. H says:

    Well, finally made the connection as to why you look familiar to me!

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