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StoryCorps

In November of 2007, the StoryCorps mobile booth came to Philadelphia, and recorded the following stories:


Daniel McLaughlin
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In May of 2005 – Daniel McLaughlin passed away. His wife Antonette and their kids, Matt Mclaughlin and Melanie Levan, gathered to remember him. And in their memories, you can hear exactly how he fit into their lives. He sounded like a great guy...




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Fatimah Muhammad
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West Philadelphia is and has been a patch work of diverse communities. Fatima Muhammad is helping bring some of these communities together as an outreach coordinator at Welcoming Center West. She spoke with her intern and friend Li Hong Qiao who, at the time of this recording, had only been in the country for 2 months – but shared her interest in bridging the gap between the African and Asian American communities...


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Alison Fritz
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Here's a story from WHYY staffers, Alison Fritz and Dan Pohlig. The interview was recorded last November, only days before their wedding...



Suzanne Roberts
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Suzanne Roberts is a somewhat high profile Philadelphian - there's a theater named after her on South Broad St. She’s a former actress, a Philanthropist and now you can see her on CN8 and CNN Headline News hosting Seeking Solutions with Suzanne. Here she is with her daughter, Lisa, reflecting on her accomplishments, her regrets, and why she embraces taking on new challenges...


Peggy Gallagher
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Peggy Gallagher has always loved competition - but growing up, she didn't have many opportunities to participate. She played some ball in school, but it wasn't until much later that she decided to compete again - this time as a swimmer in the Senior Games. From court to pool, she told the story to her granddaughter, Christine Holefelder.


Arlene Holmes
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Arlene Holmes' story is tragic, and unfortunately familiar in Philadelphia. On July 20, 2007 her son, Kyle Holmes, was fatally shot a block away from his home in Point Breeze. The reasons and the killers are still unknown. Here, he’s remembered by his mother, Arlene, speaking with her friend Hillary Baker.


Paul Shaffer
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Paul Shaffer started flying lessons on his 15th birthday, and he knew that was what he wanted to do with his life. He flew planes and helicopters, but it wasn’t until hang gliding that he found his true fixation. And soon he delved into Powered Hang Gliding – which was essentially strapping a motor and propeller to a glider...


Margaret Stineman
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Margaret Stineman was born with multiple congenital deformities - scoliosis being one of them. But these challenges didn't stop her from going to medical school. Although, as she and her mother, Peggy, recall, it wasn't easy getting there...


Roger Lloyd
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A recent StoryCorps interview featured lifelong Philadelphia rollerskater, Mary Chalmers (see below). Now here's the story of another skater, turned rink-owner. In 1947, Roger Lloyd bought Carmen Gardens rollerskating rink in North Philadelphia. He explained to his friend and fellow skater Khannie Butler, it wasn't such a sweet deal...


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www.philawizardsonwheels.com
www.rinktime.com


Doris Eiswert
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In the early 20th century, it was common for someone suffering from Tuberculosis to be checked into a Sanatorium - a facility where treatments ranged from exposure to fresh mountain air, to the pneumothorax technique; collapsing an infected lung to let it "rest". In 1947, Doris Eiswert was diagnosed with TB after being exposed to it in nursing school. At 20, she was sent to Pennsylvania State South Mountain Sanatorium. She told the story to her daughter Crystal.



Stephen Ames
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This next piece isn't so much a story as it is a dedication and a portrait. Stephen Ames identified strongly with his grandfather, despite some idiosyncrasies. He was interviewed by his wife, Nicki Bernhard.



Arlene Freiman
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Arlene Freiman wanted to have kids right away after being married at 20. But things didn't work out that way. After 5 miscarriages, she was worried she'd never have children - but she did; three of them. She shared the story with her daughter Lesley.



Nancy Ezold
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Nancy Ezold has never thought much of personal limitation. Nancy Ezold now works with her son, Christopher, at the firm Nancy O'Mara Ezold, P.C. She started the firm in response to demand for her services as an employment discrimination attorney. Here she is telling Christopher how she came to practice law.



Tom Garg
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Tom and Michelle Garg were married in 2002. As with any couple, conversation can reveal conflict in a relationship. Here's Tom describing how they first met.



Shanya Price
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Training for a marathon is hard work - and Shanya Price knows it. Here she is with her friend and coach Heather McDanel, Director of Students Run Philly Style - a program that encourages students like Shanya to get out and run.



Diana Brash
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Seeing Eye Dogs are obviously more than just guides for their human counterparts. For Diana Brash, her dog Essex, was a great companion. Here she is with her friend Amy Finkelstein, remembering Essex...



Angelo DeFeo
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Angelo DeFeo was born and raised in South Philly, around 9th and McCain, in 1925. Here he is with his friend, Elizabeth Partin, talking about his family, the neighborhood, and the Second World War...



Dianah Mwangi
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Dianah Mwangi and Michelle Cross are best friends. Here they are, talking about Dianah's childhood in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya and her eventual move to the US.



Benjamin Weiss
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Just after World War II, Benjamin Weiss' family moved from the Bronx to a farm in Tom's River, New Jersey. They were getting into the chicken business; raising chickens, selling eggs. And as a kid he was a member of a chicken vaccinating crew. Here he is, talking to his daughter, Allison.


Isaiah Zagar
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If you've ever been on South Street in Philadelphia, you've probably seen Isaiah Zagar's work - he creates the mosaic tile art on many of the surrounding neighborhood's walls. His wife, Julia, owns the Eyes Gallery, also on South Street. Here they are talking about their decision to avoid the Vietnam War, and join the Peace corps...


Larry Schworer
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Polar Bears are the adventurous few that take swims in ice cold water. Larry Schworer has done this every New Years Day for the last 18 years. He was interviewed by Yuki Aizawa.


Mary Netta Chalmers
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Mary Netta Chalmers LOVES rollerskating. She's been skating all her life, and at 50 she's a rink guard, or referee at a local skate rink. She travels the US going to different skating events. She was interviewed by her friends, Tasha Klusman, and Anthony "Tex" Smith.


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Don Williams
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Don Williams was a card carrying member of the KKK during the 60's and 70's. He spent 10 years with the Klan as an undercover officer for the Philadelphia Police Department. Don Williams is not his real name. He was interviewed by his son.


Frank Moore, Jr.
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In 1958, Frank and his wife Pauline moved into Northeast Philadelphia. He recounts the struggles of being a black family living in a mostly white neighborhood in the 50's. He was interviewed by his children, Frank III & Sandra.