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Where I Come From

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In 1999 Bryan Woolley of The Dallas Morning News set out to record the stories of ordinary people in North Texas, to tell about their lives, especially their past, and how they became who they became. These stories were published in a column entitled "Where I Come From," which ran in the Sunday newspaper from May 1999 to December 2000, to great reader acclaim. Now, for the first time in book form, the best of those stories is gathered herein with photos of each storyteller. Among the people featured -- a refugee ...
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Overview

In 1999 Bryan Woolley of The Dallas Morning News set out to record the stories of ordinary people in North Texas, to tell about their lives, especially their past, and how they became who they became. These stories were published in a column entitled "Where I Come From," which ran in the Sunday newspaper from May 1999 to December 2000, to great reader acclaim. Now, for the first time in book form, the best of those stories is gathered herein with photos of each storyteller. Among the people featured -- a refugee who traveled a long road to Texas after the fall of Saigon; a ballet teacher who as a teenager joined the French Resistance against the Nazis; a rabbi who was also a country-music disc jockey; and a man who survived Auschwitz. Each story is told in the teller's words, making this collection a valuable resource for oral historians as well as to all those who enjoy a good story. Where I Come From will also stimulate the endeavors of those seeking to record their family history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574411645
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: A. C. Greene Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Kenneth Irby, orphan 5
Tony Zoppi, friend of stars 11
Jennifer Nguyen, war exile 17
Lois Adair, saloonkeeper 23
Clebo Rainey, performance poet 29
Jeanette Crumpler, the Tomato Lady 35
Frank Rush, pioneer entertainer 41
Denise Brown, member of the French Resistance 47
Burt Finger, gallery owner 57
Kenneth Adams, shoeshine man 63
James Jennings, back-roads traveler 67
Ed Seay Sr., model builder 73
Oksana Marchenko, new citizen 81
Beatrice Woolley, mother 87
Dale Long, bomb survivor 95
Terry Baker, finder of lost heroes 101
Gwendolyn Leakey, singer and yodeler 107
Frances James, the Cemetery Lady 113
Aki, hair stylist and potter 119
Etta Maberry, doing whatever had to be done 125
Lindon Dodge, paraplegic 131
R. L. Griffin, blues singer 135
Herbert Shore, gerontologist 141
Leo Laufer, Holocaust survivor 147
James Bell, firefighter 165
Ann Cushing Gantz, painter 171
John Hardman, puppeteer 177
Abel Reyna, history teacher 185
Sam Baker, public radio host 191
Big Bill Johnson, the Singing Drywall Man 197
Alfred Martinez, restaurateur 203
Pat Arnold, dog lover 209
Bob Walker, barbecue chef 215
Billy Roy Switzer, one-man band 221
Paul Hastings, singing store greeter 227
Quida Johnson, schoolteacher 233
Bob Colombe, Lakota barber 239
Frank Joseph, rabbi disk jockey 245
Efren Ortega, priest 251
Netha Stanton, actress 257
Fred Bruner, defense attorney 263
Al Cornelius, county judge 269
Artist Thornton, helper of young people 275
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