by Unknown | 1/31/2009 02:31:00 AM
While I was home over Winter Break, I did an oral history with my dad, Bill Young. That's him on the right, with the devilish eyebrows and maniacal grin.

Topics of historical interest covered in the oral history include: ham radio, World War II, the history of model airplanes and boats (my dad was a founder of the North American Model Boat Association), magicians, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, the Interstate Highway System, the Sylmar and Northridge Earthquakes, and the local history of Porterville, CA and the San Joaquin Valley.

A transcript of the interview is now available online here, if you're curious.

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Blogger Teacher Mom on 1/31/2009 7:28 AM:


This is wonderful! It was particularly interesting to read your Dad's reflections on Nixon and Reagan. After reading this, I plan to interview my Dad. What a wonderful way for my young daughters to explore history.


Blogger Unknown on 1/31/2009 9:23 AM:

TM, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Doing an oral history with an older family member is an excellent way to preserve them in memory, but be warned -- the audiotape wasn't that hard to make, but if you choose to go the transcription route, you're looking at 30-40 hours of labor after the oral history's completed. That was the part of my Winter Break that was not so fun.


Blogger AndrewMc on 12/13/2009 6:05 PM:

That comment contained personal information as well as personal accusations regarding someone no longer able to defend himself.