History

Ethel Gruen

Ethel Gruen – Great Depression Experiences

Ethel Gruen talks about seeing businessmen wearing their old work suits selling apples on the streets and men preaching communism during the Great Depression and how the depression impacted her family. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Aron Vigushin

Aron Vigushin – Lee Harvey Oswald

Aron Vigushin knew Lee Harvey Oswald in Russia. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Robert Rege

Robert Rege – Eating During The Great Depression

Robert talks about what it was like for his family during The Great Depression to Find Food. CLICK HERE to see Robert’s Short Story where he discusses what it was like being a lab assistant that was trying to develop paint that was undetectable by infrared for the Navy in the General Subjects and Everyday…

Hurles Scales

Hurles Scales – Forced Integration

Hurles Scales was attending Amarillo High School a year before forced integration. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Milka Miki Snediker

Milka “Miki” Snediker – German Occupation

Miki Snediker lived in Belgrade when the Germans invaded and was sent back to Austria where she was picked up by the German’s and forced into a concentration camp. She was freed just before the Russians invaded. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Carol Alkek

Carol Alkek – Teacher During JFK Assassination

Carol Alkek was teaching a class when they learned President Kennedy had been assassinated. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer – JFK

Larry Kramer remembers the weekend President Kennedy was assassinated. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Emma Jean Layl

Emma Jean Layl – Growing Up During the Great Depression

Emma Jean Layl talks about what it was like growing up during the Great Depression. She recalls calling people “tramps” which back then meant people who go house to house begging to work for food. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Raymond Bass

Raymond Bass – Greatest Inventions

Raymond sums up his life through great inventions. CLICK HERE to see Raymond’s Short Story where he shares a scary moment in WWII in our Short Story WWII-Europe and at Home Category! CLICK HERE to see his Short Story about his family struggles during The Great Depression in The Great Depression Category! CLICK HERE to see his…

Bob Northington

Bob Northington – First Television Set

Bob Northington talks about what it was like to get his first TV. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jay Beck MD

Jay Beck, MD – Ice-Box

Jay Beck talks about his grandmother refusing to buy or allowing the family to buy her a refrigerator, since her Ice-Box worked just fine.     CLICK HERE to see Jay’s story about where he was when Pearl Harbor was attacked and some of the changes the nation experienced in the Short Story- WWII-In The…

Glenn Ison – Witnessing A Hydrogen Bomb Explosion

Glenn Ison part of the Strategic Air Command where he was assigned to a B-50 as a tail gunner during the Cold War. Glenn witnessed a 6.9 megaton H Bomb explosion from a distance of 25 miles and an altitude of 20,000 feet. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Esther Bramnick

Esther Bramnick – Marina Oswald and Missile Crisis

Esther talks about how she waited on Marina Oswald at the Nieman Marcus department store. She also talks about the Cuban Missile Crisis. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Tina Israel

Tina Israel – JFK Assassination Impact

Tina Israel recounts the tragedy of President Kennedy’s assassination and the impact she felt. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jeremy Butler – Michelle Obama

Jeremy Butler discusses his wife working for First Lady Michelle Obama and meeting President Obama.   CLICK HERE to see Jeremy’s Short Story about being deployed to the Middle East right before the decision to invade Iraq! CLICK HERE to see his Short Story about living through the COVID-19 Pandemic! CLICK HERE to see his Short Story on…

Orville Rogers

Orville Rogers – On 24/7 Call To Drop An Atomic Bomb On Moscow

As a Strategic Command pilot Orville’s assignment was to drop  nuclear bomb on Moscow if war broke out. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Marylyn Andrews

Marylyn Andrews – First TV

Marylyn Andrews recalls some of the technological advancements of her time including her first television and a capacitor. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bob Warren

Bob Warren – Farming for Food During Great Depression

Bob Warren talks about how his family got their food during the Great Depression. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Mitchell Jones

Mitchell Jones – Segregated Trolley

Mitchell Jones’s father operated a trolley during the time of segregation. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Cosette Cosy Parker

Cosette “Cosy” Parker – Tennessee Great Depression

Cosy Parker recalls growing up during the Great Depression in Tennessee. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Byron Wiliams

Byron Williams – Sharecropping and Integration

Byron Williams’ great grandparents were sharecroppers in Queen City, East Texas. He talks about how his school was integrated in 1968. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

George Field

George Field – Car Air Conditioning

George Field remembers his first car in Uvalde, TX that had an aftermarket air conditioner. He also talks about his unsuccessful attempts at providing air conditioning in his family’s car. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Herb Weitzman

Herb Weitzman – Motorcade Route

Herb Weitzman was standing along the motorcade route when he learned that President Kennedy had been shot. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jerry Nunes

Jerry Nunes – Abe Lincoln Home

Jerry Nunes lived two streets away from the only home Abe Lincoln ever owned. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Sydelle Schectman

Sydelle Schedctmen – Nazi Killing Squad

Sydelle Schectmen’s grandmother was shot by a Nazi killing squad in Belarus, Russia. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History