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    Patrick Wellington interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-10. Patrick Wellington is an established New York hairdresser from Jamaica. In this interview he discusses the importance of taking care of his body to meet the physical demands of the job; attending hair shows; the controversy of straightening hair with the Keratin Hair Treatment; turnover in the industry; the tipping system; and the different chemical and natural processing techniques used to straighten African American...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Wellington, Patrick - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    James Martin interview conducted by Nic Hartmann, 2015-11-23. Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Interview with James Martin, Director of Sustainability at Wilson Produce in Nogales, Arizona.
    • Contributor: Hartmann, Nic - Occupational Folklife Project - Martin, James Michael
    • Date: 2015
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    Richard W. Bludworth interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-11-16. Richard Bludworth, owner of Bludworth Marine, talks to Pat Jasper about his family's career on the ship channel. His business is fabrication, new construction, and repair of vessels. He talks about incidents where his expertise was required, how it is a largely self-taught industry, how his business is cyclical, how Hurricane Ike destroyed his business, and why Houston, Texas, is the best place for...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Bludworth, Richard W. - Quesada, José Angel - Jasper, Pat
    • Date: 2011
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    Gayle D. McCoy interview conducted by Charlie Seemann, 2011-12-02. Interview with Gayle D. McCoy, who discussed his first employment as uranium miner in Wyoming and eventual move to gold mining in Nevada. Interview includes the nature of the work, workplace, co-workers, safety concerns, and various mining jobs done during his career.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Seemann, Charlie - McCoy, Gayle D.
    • Date: 2011
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    Scott Pullman interview conducted by Jaime Lopez, 2017-06-01. Scott Pullman discusses being a concrete worker and cabinetmaker before becoming a Local 3 Electrician. He recalls his first day on the job as an apprentice, 34 years ago; and talks about the value of the A-Card (new construction division), comparing it to other union trades and careers. He reflects on the changes in work ethics, the decline of hard work in relation to...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Pullman, Scott - Lopez, Jaime
    • Date: 2017

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    Michael W. Dickens interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-11-15. Michael Dickens, longshoreman at the Port of Houston, tells Betsy Peterson about the camaraderie between workers on the waterfront. He talks about the gang system adopted during hiring, how he started off doing very labor intensive work and the reshuffle of seniors during the merging of the labor unions.
    • Contributor: Peterson, Betsy - Occupational Folklife Project - Quesada, José Angel - Dickens, Michael W.
    • Date: 2011
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    Rosie Cornelius interview conducted by Nic Hartmann, 2015-10-30. Interview with Rosa "Rosie" Cornelius, sales manager for Bay Area Produce. She talks about her background in the industry and the scarcity of women in produce in the past. She recounts starting at Bay Area in the days of rail transport. She describes the long hours and the schedule of a sales manager, and talks about the necessity of having a good team; the...
    • Contributor: Hartmann, Nic - Occupational Folklife Project - Cornelius, Rosie
    • Date: 2015
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    Michael Tolman interview conducted by Nathan J. Moore and Donald Eugene Stacy, 2015-02-23. Mike Tolman discusses his work as a direct support professional for Oregon Supported Living Program, a private non-profit company that provides services for adults with developmental disabilities. He talks about his relationships with clients, his experiences as a union member and a manager, the skills and qualities needed to perform the work, and the workplace culture of direct support professionals.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Tolman, Michael - Moore, Nathan J. - Stacy, Donald Eugene
    • Date: 2015
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    Charles H. Baggett interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-07-01. Charles Baggett, born in 1941, talked about his father Herman, who owned car dealerships in Hugo, Oklahoma, and the relationship Herman developed with the circus community; in particular with D.R. Miller. Charles described his experiences growing up with children who traveled with the circus and shared his favorite memories of attending circuses through the years. After his father retired, Charles took over the family...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Finchum, Tanya - Nykolaiszyn, Juliana - Baggett, Charles H.
    • Date: 2011

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    Eileen Ordway interview conducted by Nathan J. Moore and Donald Eugene Stacy, 2015-05-26. Eileen Ordway discusses her experiences as a home care worker, including her typical duties, relationships with consumer-employers, union activism, and the use of humor on the job. She also discusses health issues encountered by home care workers and her passion for health care reform.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Ordway, Eileen - Stacy, Donald Eugene - Moore, Nathan J.
    • Date: 2015
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    Joe Moniz interview conducted by Fred Calabretta, 2017-06-23. Joe Moniz first came to the States as a soccer player and later he emigrated to New Bedford from St. Michael in the Azores, where he'd been a farmer. He talks about the work of a lumper and the process of unloading boats, changes in the industry and in boats and technology and its effects on the job, changes in kinds and hauls of...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Moniz, Joe - Calabretta, Fred
    • Date: 2017
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    George Larrimer interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-08-01. George Larrimer worked the port of Houston for almost 40 years. He started his career in the U.S. Coast Guard. In the mid-1970s he joined the Marine Fire Dept (MFD). He describes the evolution of fire fighting practices at the Port of Houston, the day-to-day operations of the MFD, the first fire and accidents at the Port of Houston, his career trajectory in the...
    • Contributor: Potoczniak, Anthony - Larrimer, George - Occupational Folklife Project
    • Date: 2012
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    Bob Bowers interview conducted by Madeleine Hall-Arber, 2017-03-08. Bowers speaks about the job of a tankerman, a licensed position on a fuel barge. Interview topics include a description of changes in fishing and scalloping since 1977, demographic changes in the fishing community, and lack of interest among young people.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Bowers, Bob - Hall-Arber, Madeleine
    • Date: 2017
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    William Ward interview conducted by Jaime Lopez, 2017-06-12. William "Billy" Ward was initiated into Local 3 in 1988, and after 29 years, he is currently the only NETA Level 4 Senior Certified Test Technician in the Local. Born in New York, he grew up in Washington Heights, and as a teenage moved to Riverdale, where he still resides. He speaks about his extended family, his Irish roots, his mother and father and...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Lopez, Jaime - Ward, William J.
    • Date: 2017

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    Tom Tellepsen interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-03-29. Tom Tellepsen II, building contractor, talks to Pat Jasper about his family business. He remembers how his grandfather built his business from humble beginnings and grew to be widely recognized in Houston. He also reminisces about his grandfather's and father's achievements and how he feels proud every time he comes across a building that they have constructed. He also discusses why he decided to...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Quesada, José Angel - Jasper, Pat - Tellepsen, Tom
    • Date: 2012
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    Allen Threatt interview conducted by Candacy A. Taylor, 2019-01-07. Reverend Allen Threatt's grandfather opened the Threatt Service Station in 1915 in Luther, Oklahoma. The station is situated right on Route 66. Although it was not listed in the Green Book, it was one of the few black-owned service stations on the Mother Road. Since nearly half of all counties on Route 66 were "sundown towns"-- (i.e., all-white towns that banned black people after...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Threatt, Allen - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2019

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    Terry Rush interview conducted by Fletcher Powell, 2013-05-07. Terry Rush, currently the manager of a mobile home park, talks about his 13 years working as an assembler for The Boeing Company in Wichita. He describes the "boom and bust" years, including the impact of repeated layoffs, and talks about his initial excitement over innovative management methods at Boeing, and his disappointment when those methods were abandoned by the company.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Powell, Fletcher - Rush, Terry
    • Date: 2013
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    William "Bill" Sykes interview conducted by Nic Hartmann, 2015-08-24. Interview with William "Bill" Sykes, a produce broker and owner of Sykes and Company in Rio Rico, Arizona. He discusses history of his firm; a typical day; dealing with the border and customs; the high degree of trust in industry; impact of weather; labor and labor shortages; and compares and contrasts US and Mexican safety and labor regulations.
    • Contributor: Hartmann, Nic - Occupational Folklife Project - Sykes, Bill (William D.)
    • Date: 2015
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    Dan Goosen interview conducted by Virginia Nickerson, 2019-04-19. Dan Goosen has worked with compost his entire career, and for the last 11 years has managed Green Mountain Compost, the largest food waste compost facility in Vermont. He describes a typical work day, which might include creating a recipe for unusual feedstocks, such as trailer load of cookie dough; running computer models; overseeing plant growth trials; and repairing heavy machinery. He discusses challenges,...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Nickerson, Virginia - Goosen, Dan
    • Date: 2019

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    Mellisa Bobnock interview conducted by Khalid Ibrahim and Clare Luz, 2018-07-19. Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Mellisa Bobnock describes her experiences working as a personal care assistant. She has been doing PCA work for 16 years through an agency. She is easy going and takes all situations in stride, including U.P. (Upper Peninsula) winters. Most of her clients are people she knows who live in the town she grew up in. She was in the lower peninsula just once, as...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Bobnock, Mellisa - Luz, Clare - Ibrahim, Khalid
    • Date: 2018
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    Zabdiel Morales Algandar interview conducted by John W. McKerley, 2016-05-04. Algandar was born in Mazatlan, a city in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. As a young child he moved with his mother and brother to San Luis Rio Colorado, on the Mexican border with Arizona. From family stories, he learned that his ancestors included people of French and Chinese background. His mother worked in a restaurant and in a clothing store before becoming a...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Algandar, Zabdiel Morales - McKerley, John W.
    • Date: 2016
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    Eva M. Sharpe interview conducted by Khalid Ibrahim, Clare Luz, 2018-06-18. Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Eva Sharpe describes her history as a personal care assistant/family caregiver. She cares for her great-uncle, who lives with his daughter, her aunt. It is an emotional interview as Eva shares stories of her great-uncle and other family members who have needed care over the years, including her grandmother, to whom she was very close. She illustrates differences between the experience of being a...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Luz, Clare - Sharpe, Eva M. - Ibrahim, Khalid
    • Date: 2018
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    Thomas Lovia Brown interview conducted by Dale Cahill and Darcy Cahill, 2015-05-26. Thomas ("Tom") Lovia Brown discusses his four years of working in the tobacco fields while he attended Morehouse college in the 1950s. He also talks in detail about his long and successful work history in education and diversity training after leaving the tobacco fields.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Brown, Thomas Lovia - Cahill, Darcy - Cahill, Dale F.
    • Date: 2015
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    Tomas Calil interview conducted by Corinn Williams, 2017-01-21. Tomas Calil is from Guatemala and is a supervisor at Bergie's Seafood. He has been working at Bergie's for 15 years and knows all aspects of production at the plant.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Calil, Tomas - Williams, Corinn
    • Date: 2017
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    Mark T. Higgins interview conducted by Sarah Bryan, 2016-12-08. In this fragmentary interview (the recording ends at 00:13:23), funeral director Mark Higgins discusses his education and career, early impressions of the funeral services profession, and the diversity of the Durham, N C, community and how his work adapts to the needs of a diverse clientele.
    • Contributor: Higgins, Mark T. - Bryan, Sarah - Occupational Folklife Project
    • Date: 2016