History

Rosellen Utterback

Rosellen Utterback – Coal Miner

Rosellen Utterback’s father was a coal miner during the winter and farmer in the summer during the Great Depression. 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

Donald Halsey

Donald Halsey – Nixon’s Plane

  Donald Halsey designed the interior of President Nixon’s airplane in Air Force 1. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Reid Heller

Reid Heller – JFK

Reid Heller remembers the Kennedy assassination. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Phyllis Somer

Phyllis Somer – Eyeglasses Assembly Line

Phyllis Somer’s father pioneered the assembly line production of prescription eyeglasses. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Pauline Barr

Pauline Barr – First Telephone

Pauline Barr talks about the first telephone her family had. CLICK HERE to see her Short Story on her family house getting electricity and using the radio in the Great Inventions Category! CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Renate Kahn

Renate Kahn – Eyewitness to Kristallnacht

Renate Kahn grew up in Germany where she experienced antisemitism from teachers, parents, and other kids. She was an eyewitness to Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass when Jewish owned business were ransacked. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Robert “Bob” Applebaum – Holocaust Losses

Bob Applebaum’s mother and father survived Auschwitz, but most of his aunts and uncles did not. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Carol Alkek

Carol Alkek – Teacher During JFK

Carol Alkek was teaching a class when they learned President Kennedy had been assassinated. 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

Julius Red Coleman

Julius “Red” Coleman – Many Presidents

Julius “Red” Coleman talks about the many Presidents that he knew. 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…

Mark Jacobs

Mark Jacobs – Father’s Story

Mark Jacobs relates his father’s story of surviving the Holocaust. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Merle Hacker

Merle Hacker – Family War History

Merle Hacker’s mother’s father was in the Russia-China War, her grandmother, her aunt, and uncle suffered in the Holocaust. Her father and his brothers later built a chain of supermarkets. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Allan Cantor – Kent State Shooting

Allan Cantor speaks about how he was supposed to go on a blind date with one of the four students who were shot at Kent State. CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History

Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer – Tales of the Great Depression

Larry Kramer’s father, who worked as a book keeper in New York City, told him stories about the Great Depression. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Binder

Bill Binder – Father Worked with Thomas Edison

Bill Binder’s father invented the blender and worked with Thomas Edison. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Reverend Wilson Canafax

Wilson Canafax – First soldier in Buchenwald

Reverend Wilson Canafax was a chaplain with the US Army at the end of the war in Germany and was the first US soldier to enter the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History.

Esther Bramnick

Esther Bramnick – Marina Oswald

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

Patsy Furr

Patsy Furr – Food for Stangers

Patsy Furr talks how her parents were farmers during the Great Depression and how they had to work night and day to stay in business. Later on she says she used to feed a man that wandered around her neighborhood. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jim O'Neill

Jim O’Neill – Meeting Senator JFK

Jim O’Neill recounts meeting President Kennedy when he was still a US Senator, and then later reacting to his assassination. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Margery Nudelman Karpel

Margery Nudelman Karpel – 1950’s Segregation

Margey Karpel first witnessed segregation in the early 1950’s as a new bride in Dallas, TX. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Liffort Hobley

Liffort Hobley – 1800’s Landowner

Liffort Hobley’s grandfather was a landowner in Louisiana in the 1800s. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Nita Mae Tannebaum

Nita Mae Tannebaum – JFK Campaign

Nita Mae Tannebaum campaigned hard for President Kennedy’s election and recalls the day he was assassinated. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Janet Hershman

Janet Hershman – JFK

Janet Hershman recalls learning that President Kennedy had been shot. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History