I saw the interview when I visited the Price City Library. It was a grainy VHS recording, and very wonderful. I watched in a small room crammed with boxes and books. I recall that the interview was done in conjunction with the release of The Great Brain movie. As I listened to the interview I was surprised by John's consistency with his story characters. I recall that he stated, without any trace of worry, that his dad had been the newspaper editor in his hometown. Because he had passed away by the time I saw the video, there is no way to ask him if he stuck to Papa's profession as a newspaperman as part of the sales pitch or had it morphed into a memory. But nothing seems to support John having memory problems, so I assume he felt compelled to stick to the book version for the sake of continuity.
I did try to locate a copy of the interview for myself. I copied the address off the back of the box. I sent my letter on February 27, 2001. I never received a copy of the 17 minute interview, but my letter came back with a hand written note on it.
Dear Carrie: I'm sorry but we have no such interview available. We cannot even get the Great Brain anymore. Love, Olive OsmondThat November Olive Osmond suffered a stroke. She recovered somewhat and passed away on Mothers Day 2007.
If any one finds the interview, please share it. I know we would all enjoy it.