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  • I had a fire nine days ago.

  • My archive:

  • 175 films, my 16-millimeter negative,

  • all my books, my dad's books, my photographs.

  • I'd collected --

  • I was a collector, major, big-time.

  • It's gone.

  • I just looked at it,

  • and I didn't know what to do.

  • I mean, this was --

  • was I my things?

  • I always live in the present -- I love the present.

  • I cherish the future.

  • And I was taught some strange thing as a kid,

  • like, you've got to make something good out of something bad.

  • You've got to make something good out of something bad.

  • This was bad! Man, I was --

  • I cough. I was sick.

  • That's my camera lens. The first one --

  • the one I shot my Bob Dylan film with 35 years ago.

  • That's my feature film. "King, Murray"

  • won Cannes Film Festival 1970 --

  • the only print I had.

  • That's my papers.

  • That was in minutes -- 20 minutes.

  • Epiphany hit me. Something hit me.

  • "You've got to make something good out of something bad,"

  • I started to say to my friends, neighbors, my sister.

  • By the way, that's "Sputnik." I ran it last year.

  • "Sputnik" was downtown, the negative. It wasn't touched.

  • These are some pieces of things I used in my Sputnik feature film,

  • which opens in New York in two weeks

  • downtown.

  • I called my sister. I called my neighbors. I said, "Come dig."

  • That's me at my desk.

  • That was a desk took 40-some years to build.

  • You know -- all the stuff.

  • That's my daughter, Jean.

  • She came. She's a nurse in San Francisco.

  • "Dig it up," I said. "Pieces.

  • I want pieces. Bits and pieces."

  • I came up with this idea: a life of bits and pieces,

  • which I'm just starting to work on -- my next project.

  • That's my sister. She took care of pictures,

  • because I was a big collector of snapshot photography

  • that I believed said a lot.

  • And those are some of the pictures that --

  • something was good about the burnt pictures.

  • I didn't know. I looked at that --

  • I said, "Wow, is that better than the --"

  • That's my proposal on Jimmy Doolittle. I made that movie for television.

  • It's the only copy I had. Pieces of it.

  • Idea about women.

  • So I started to say, "Hey, man, you are too much!

  • You could cry about this." I really didn't.

  • I just instead said,

  • "I'm going to make something out of it, and maybe next year ... "

  • And I appreciate this moment

  • to come up on this stage with so many people

  • who've already given me so much solace,

  • and just say to TEDsters:

  • I'm proud of me. That I take something bad,

  • I turn it, and I'm going to make something good out of this,

  • all these pieces.

  • That's Arthur Leipzig's original photograph I loved.

  • I was a big record collector --

  • the records didn't make it. Boy, I tell you,

  • film burns. Film burns.

  • I mean, this was 16-millimeter safety film.

  • The negatives are gone.

  • That's my father's letter to me, telling me to

  • marry the woman I first married when I was 20.

  • That's my daughter and me.

  • She's still there. She's there this morning, actually.

  • That's my house.

  • My family's living in the Hilton Hotel in Scotts Valley.

  • That's my wife, Heidi,

  • who didn't take it as well as I did.

  • My children, Davey and Henry.

  • My son, Davey, in the hotel two nights ago.

  • So, my message to you folks,

  • from my three minutes, is that I appreciate the chance

  • to share this with you. I will be back. I love being at TED.

  • I came to live it, and I am living it.

  • That's my view from my window outside of Santa Cruz, in Bonny Doon,

  • just 35 miles from here.

  • Thank you everybody.

  • (Applause)

I had a fire nine days ago.

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