General Subjects & Everyday Life

Kimberly Archie: FS – Sonny Bono Election

Kimberly Archie talks about how she helped with the election of Sonny Bono. CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History

Jon Gilliam – FS: Penpal

  Jon and Becki Gilliam talk about Jon’s childhood penpal from a foreign country. CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History.

Ed Jones – FS: Car Rental Service

  Ed Jones talks about when he was in college and owned his own “car rental service.” CLICK HERE to see Ed in the GBC exclusive online show, The Extra Point!

Bryan Mark Rigg – AE: German Studies

  Bryan Mark Rigg traveled through Germany during his year off in college interviewing men of Jewish descent who served in the Nazi military during World War II. CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History.

Ormand & Eve Knowles- AE: Johnny Carson

Ormand tells his story about an interesting encounter with Johnny Carson. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History.

Ormand & Eve Knowles- AE: NBC Security

Ormand tells his story about an interesting encounter while working security at NBC. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History.

Ormand & Eve Knowles- AE: Advanced Schoolhouse

Ormand tells his story about transitioning from a small schoolhouse in rural Florida, to a big school in the big apple. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History.

Romby Bryant Featured

Romby Bryant – AE: Father released by Obama

Romby’s Father was released from prison by President Obama in his last week of office. CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History.

Bert Kraft Drums

Bert Kraft – AE: Playing the Drums

Bert Kraft, a WWII navy war veteran, has an incredible talent. He plays the drums and can even play the evolution of music. CLICK HERE to see his Round Table discussion over WWII.

Edna Purcell Bridges

Edna Purcell Bridges – AE: Lost Drawing Book

Edna Purcell Bridges talks about her husband’s drawing book that he left at the camp, where he was a POW in World War II, miraculously finding its way back to her. CLICK HERE to see the full Oral History.

Dennie Lindsey, Jack and Claire

Dennie Lindsey – AE: Rifle Shooting

Dennie Lindsey talks about her extracurricular activities during high school. CLICK HERE to watch the full Kids Corner.

Jack Douglass JD Ashabranner

Jack Douglas “JD” Ashabranner – AE: Milk Man

JD Ashabranner talks about his milk route. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Audree Disraeli

Audree Disraeli – AE: Barbershop Deals

Audree Disraeli reflects on some of her memories as a child in her father’s barbershop. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jim & Peg Ong

Jim & Peg Ong – AE: Meeting and Courting

Jim and Peg Ong talk about how they first met, and the first few years of their relationship. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ruth & Wally Cowan

Ruth & Wally Cowan – AE: Law School and Finding a Job

Ruth and Wally Cowan talk about how Wally went to law school and his experiences looking for a job. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bernie Dworkin

Bernie Dworkin – AE: Auctioneer

Bernie Dworkin talks about his career as an auctioneer and gives an example of his skills. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bernie Dworkin

Bernie Dworkin – AE: Influential Teacher

Bernie Dworkin talks about a teacher that helped him through school, and that influenced his life. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bernie Dworkin

Bernie Dworkin – AE: First Date

Bernie Dworkin talks about how he met his to-be wife. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History  

Harrell Pailet

Harrell Pailet – AE: State of Israel

Harrell Pailet’s grandfather was an early supporter of the State of Israel and had some strong political connections. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Lynn Heffler

Lynn Heffler – AE: TVs and Cell Phones

Lynn Heffler recalls her family’s first television and the first time she saw a cell phone. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Norma Wade

Norma Wade – AE: Roughneck Worker

Norma Wade’s father left home after the 4th grade for work in the oil fields. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Adolph Word

Adolph Word – AE: Brakeman

Adolph Word’s family moved from West Texas to San Antonio in 1934, and he was given the job of “brakeman” during the move. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Helen Wolan

Helen Wolan – AE: Baby Showers

Helen Wolan discusses modern baby showers and how they were quite different during the Great Depression. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Dorothy “Skip” Winnette – AE: World Travel

Skip Winnette had many adventures all around the world. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Betty Westbrook

Betty Westbrook – AE: Moving to Dallas

Betty Westbrook remembers her experience moving from a small farm to the big city of Dallas, TX. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Herb Weitzman

Herb Weitzman – AE: Family History

Herb Weitzman recounts his family history. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Herb Weitzman

Herb Weitzman – AE: Real Estate

Herb Weitzman recounts how he got started in his real estate career. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bob Warren

Bob Warren – AE: First Flight

Bob Warren talks about his first flight he took as a young kid, and his father’s reaction to his flight. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bob Warren

Bob Warren – AE: Horses at School

Bob Warren talks about where the students’ horses would stay during the school day. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bob Warren

Bob Warren – AE: Homemade Telephone

Bob Warren talks about when he was younger, he and his friends made a telephone system so that they could talk to each other around the neighborhood. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Walker

Bill Walker – AE: First TV

Bill Walker’s first TV was the first TV in his entire neighborhood. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Wesley VanPelt

Wesley “Wes” VanPelt – AE: Premature Birth

Wes VanPelt was born prematurely and weighed 3 pounds at birth. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Diana Valtr

Diana Valtr – AE: Family Move

Diana Valtr’s family moved from Pennsylvania to El Paso, TX. The whole family made the move in one car. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Marilyn Tonkon

Marilyn Rolnick Tonkon – AE: Interior Design

Marilyn Rolnick Tonkon turned her passion for interior design into a 45 year career. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

George Tiegs

George Tiegs – AE: Radio Shows

George Tiegs believes he had more fun listening to the radio as a child using his imagination than children do today watching TV. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ed Thracker

Ed Thracker – AE: Post College

Ed Thracker talks about how he graduated college at age 35 with a family. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Terry Teitelbaum

Terry Teitelbaum – AE: Marbles

Terry Teitelbaum talks about a special game of marbles that he played as a child. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Lannie Sutherland

Lennie Sutherland – Siblings

Lennie Sutherland first learned of her five biological brothers and sisters more than 70 years after she was adopted. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Elma Stone

Elma Stone – AE: Dating Advice

Elma Stone’s step mother gave her some advice about dating. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Chick Sham

Harriet “Chick” Sham – AE: Adoption

Chick Sham’s grandchildren didn’t know that she was an orphan and was adopted by her aunt and uncle. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Barbara Schmidt

Barbara Schmidt – AE: Career Opportunities for Women

Barbara Schmidt remembers a time when women had limited career opportunities. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Hurles Scales

Hurles Scales – AE: Cuban Missile Crisis

Hurles Scales recalls hearing about the Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

June Sachs

June Sachs – AE: Gay-Straight Alliance

June Sachs’ father helped start the Dallas Gay-Straight Alliance. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Connie Rudick

Connie Rudick – AE: College Tuition

Connie Rudick talks about how college tuition has changed since her years at UT. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Haydn Roberts

Hayden Roberts – AE: DC-7 Plane

Haydn Roberts recalls a scary moment piloting a DC-7. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Clint Risner

Clint Risner – AE: Twin Exam

Clint Risner is a twin, and once stood in for him and took an exam for his brother. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Marsha Ring

Marsha Ring – AE: The Book Mobile

Marsha Ring talks about the Book Mobile that she used to visit as a kid. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Prindible

Bill Prindible – AE: Plane Rides

Bill Prindible recalls how the pilots from World War I would land their planes in fields and give locals a ride in the planes. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Clarice Post

Clarice Post – AE: University Tuition

Clarice Post went to Columbia University in 1949 with very different tuition rates. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Donald Pomeroy

Donald “Don” Pomeroy – AE: Radio News

Don Pomeroy recalls his family sitting around the radio for news and then getting their first TV. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Marian Perl

Marian Perl – AE: Texas Schools

Marian Perl talks about how schools in Texas were different while she was in school. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Marian Perl

Marian Perl – AE: Feme Sole

Marian Perl talks about how she went about becoming a Feme Sole so that she could sign contracts by herself. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jude Parola

Jude Parola – AE: Train Hopping

Jude Parola and her friends, as kids, would jump on and ride trains for fun. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

SueAnne Painter

Sue Anne Painter – AE: Model T Ford

Sue Anne Painter talks about what it was like back in the day in Sulfur Springs, Indiana. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Norred

Bill Norred – AE: Car Showroom

Bill Norred’s family owned a car dealership that only had one car on the showroom floor. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Kitty Murray

Kitty Murray – AE: Small Town

Kitty Murray talks about how growing up in a small town means that you’re related to just about everyone. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Neil Morrow MD

Dr. Neil Morrow – AE: Kids Today

Dr. Neil Morrow doesn’t think kids are allowed to make mistakes any more. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Cynthia Mondell

Cynthia Mondell – AE: Documentaries

Cynthia Mondell and her husband have produced and distributed many documentary videos for TV, museums and private clients. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Allen Mondell

Allen Mondell – AE: Peace Corp

Allen Mondell was an early member of the Peace Corp. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

A J Mills

A J Mills – AE: Executive Charter

A J Mills recalls his company, Executive Charter, having an impressive clientele base. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Liesel Masek

Elizabeth “Liesel” Masek – AE: Father’s Prayer

Liesel Masek can still remember the prayer her father used to say to her when she was a child. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Liesel Masek

Elizabeth “Liesel” Masek – AE: Night School

Liesel Masek talks about attending night school at America and the unusual circumstances in which she met her husband. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Arnie Marks

Arnie Marks – AE: Jewish Soviets

Arnie Marks recalls some of the challenges as former Jewish Soviets adjusted to the free market found in the United States. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Carol Lewis

Carol Lewis – AE: School Bus

Carol Lewis learned about life on the school bus. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Andre Lepine

Andre “Andy” Lepine – AE: Playing Outside

Andy Lepine recalls a time when kids played outside for 12 hours a day and shared freely. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Leodiker

Bill Leediker – AE: Model T Ford

Bill Leediker remembers how he paid $4 for his first car in the 1930s. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Esme Jacobson

Esme Jacobson – AE: Televisionless Entertainment

Esme Jacobson talks about how they did not have television when she was a child, and the other forms of entertainment they had. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Nancy F. Holland

Nancy F. Holland – AE: Candy

Nancy F. Holland talks about waiting for troop trains and getting candy from soldiers. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Harlan Holiner

Harlan Holiner – AE: First Car

Harlan Holiner paid only $600 for his first car. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Liffort Hobley

Liffort Hobley – AE: Rural Life

Liffort Hobley talks about growing up in a very large family in a rural area near Shreveport, Louisiana. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Norma Hill

Norma Hill – AE: Dust Storms

Norma Hill talks about the dust storms in Southwestern Oklahoma. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ken Hammel

Ken Hammel – AE: Teaching

Ken Hammel talks about his love of teaching. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Irwin Grossman

Irwin Grossman – AE: Philanthropy

Irwin Grossman explains his philosophy for contributing to capital building fundraising drives. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Boris Gremon

Boris Gremont – AE: Vuvuzela

Boris Gremont shows the “V” instrument and explains why it was banned all over the world. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

John Gould

John Gould – AE: Silent Movies

John Gould’s mother played the piano at a local theatre to accompany silent movies. He also talks about twice a day mail deliveries. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Lois Goldberg

Lois Goldberg – AE: TV

Lois Goldberg recalls her sister’s 7-inch television. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Paul Gips

Paul Gips – AE: Pranks

Paul Gips talks about a prank he pulled growing up. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Lois Goldberg

Lois Goldberg – AE: Grandparent’s Experience

Lois Goldberg’s were the victims of violence and a tragic accident. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Karen Glanger

Karen Glanger – AE: NYC

Karen Glanger’s talks about her first experience in America. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Joan Genender

Joan Genender – AE: Turning the Corner

Joan Genender’s mother always told her that one day she would turn the corner and meet a special person. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jim Garrett

Jim Garrett – AE: China

Jim Garrett’s grandparents were missionaries in China, and his parents met in China. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Patsy Furr

Patsy Furr – AE: Pony

Patsy Furr talks about how she used to travel to school on her pony. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jay Fichtner

Jay Fichtner – AE: Grandmother’s Coffee

Jay Fichtner talks about his memories of his grandmother and the unique way she took her coffee. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jay Fichtner

Jay Fichtner – AE: Plane Crash

Jay Fichtner talks about some of his flying experiences. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Stanley Feld

Dr. Stanley Feld – AE: Moon Landing

Stanley was fascinated to learn about the moon landing. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Cecelia Feld

Cecelia Feld – AE: Russia to USA

Cecelia’s father had a roundabout journey from Russia to the USA. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Emma Engibous

Emma Engibous – AE: Snow

Emma Engibous talks about her childhood and college days when she had to walk and ski in the snow. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Emma Engibous

Emma Engibous – AE: Ice Skating

Emma Engibous used to ice skate in her own backyard in Michigan. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Pearl Utay Friedman

Pearl Utay Friedman – AE: Grandmother’s Dream

Pearl Utay Friedman talks about how her grandmother had a dream about her future children. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ralph Dugger

Ralph Dugger – AE: Space Missions

Ralph Dugger was impressed by the US and Russian space missions. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Ralph Dugger

Ralph Dugger – AE: Social Security

Ralph Dugger processed Social Security applications the old fashioned way. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bill Diggs

Bill Diggs – AE: Dust Bowl

Bill Diggs talks about his experiences during the Dust Bowl days. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Miriam Creemer

Miriam Creemer – AE: Poland

Miriam Creemer explains why her family left Poland for Canada. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Josephine Cook

Josephine “Jo” Cook – AE: Kids and Uncles

Jo Cook’s mother raised 21 kids, and Jo’s uncle was Sergeant Alvin York. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Lottie Clariday

Lottie Clariday – AE: Treasures

Lottie Clariday’s mother had three things that she treasured. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Bob Bysom

Bob Bysom – AE: Motorcycle Softball

Bob Bysom talks about playing motorcycle softball. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Colonel Bob Bullock

Colonel Bob Bullock – AE: Moon Landing

Colonel Bob Bullock watched the live NASA feed of the moon landing while stationed in Germany. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Rosalie Budnoff

Rosalie Budnoff – Milk Man

Rosalie Budnoff explains how milk was delivered to her family when she was a child. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Marna Brown

Marna Brown – AE: Snow Days

Marna Brown’s school principal in North Dakota did not believe in snow days. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Moises Maurice Bramnick

Moises “Maurice” Bramnik – AE: Dallas

Maurice, his wife and two children were the first Jewish family to arrive in Dallas, TX from Cuba, and they came without family, friends or sponsors. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Rachel Amado Bortnick

Rachel Amado Bortnick – AE: American Culture Shock

Rachel Amado Bortnick talks about when she immigrated from Turkey, and how America was not what she had expected it to be. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Jo'An Bernhard

Jo’An Bernhard – AE: Pianist

Jo’An Bernhard was an accomplished pianist in high school. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Dolores Barzune

Dolores Barzune – AE: Meyerson Architect

Dolores Barzune talks about how she was on the committee that chose the architect that would design the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Pauline Barr

Pauline Barr – AE: Telephone

Pauline Barr talks about the first telephone her family had. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Kitzi Ball

Kitzi Ball – AE: Discrimination

Kitzi Ball encountered discrimination in the workplace in 1951. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Richard Aston

Richard Aston – AE: Child Care

Richard Aston gives a new meaning to “child care”, defines “farmed out” and discusses the Great Depression. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Rose Ashkinaz

Rose Ashkinaz – AE: Trash Disposal

Rose Ashkinaz’s family had to get creative at family get-togethers for a unique approach to trash disposal. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Suzi Ablon

Suzi Ablon – AE: Vacations

Suzi Ablon’s entire family vacationed together every year. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Suzi Ablon 2

Suzi Ablon – AE: Family Tree

Suzi Ablon relates the routes her grandparents and parents took to get to Dallas, TX CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Geoffrey Abbott

Geoffrey Abbott – AE: Yale at 16

Geoffrey Abbott talks about how he attended Yale as a young age and how that affected him. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History

Geoffrey Abbott

Geoffrey Abbott – AE: Kid Trouble

Geoffrey Abbott talks about how he and his brother caused a lot of trouble in school as kids. CLICK HERE to watch the full Oral History