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Oral History Interview with Johnny Case, March 5, 2003

Description: Interview with jazz pianist Johnny Case. In the interview, Case talks about his family's acquaintance with Ernest Tubb, his early interest in rhythm and blues, how his parents, Elvis Presley, and local radio stations influenced his musical career, learning to play the piano and his interest in jazz, early gigs in Oklahoma and northeast Texas, his family's move from Paris, Texas to Dallas and his playing gigs at several clubs there, moving to Fort Worth, his collaboration with Tom Morrell in producing the 'How the West Was Swung' albums, his comments about the demise of western swings, gigs and clubs in Fort Worth, his transition from playing western swing to jazz, various jazz artists, okaying for African-American audiences, avant-garde jazz and its promoters, difficulties in making a full-time living as a jazz artist in Fort Worth, his employment at Sardine's Italian Restaurant in Fort Worth, the Caravan of Dreams and the resurgence of jazz in Fort Worth, his relationship with the local musicians union, Texas jazz, and the evolution of jazz in Fort Worth. The interview includes an appendix with an article, Case's discography, and Case's notes on various jazz musicians and venues.
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Date: March 5, 2003
Creator: Brown, Peggy Brandt & Case, Johnny

Oral History Interview with Bob and Ada Reed Brewer, March 14, 1984

Description: Interview with Ada Reed and Bob Brewer, owners and operators of A. B. McGill and Company General Merchants. In the interview, the Brewers discuss their family backgrounds, marriage, losses on charge accounts during the Great Depression, the change from clerk-service to self-service operation of the store, the credit business, purchasing clothes at the Dallas fashion market, customer interests, changes in product lines, commercial and residential growth in the Bertram area, using direct mail and radio advertising, their involvement with the Texas Retail Association, factors in developing a successful business, and civic activities. The interview includes an appendix with a flyer, photographs, articles, and letters.
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Date: March 14, 1984
Creator: Jenkins, Floyd; Brewer, Ada Reed & Brewer, Bob

Oral History Interview with William Hill, October 13, 1986

Description: Interview with retired schoolteacher William Hill. The interview includes Hill's personal experiences concerning race relations in Sherman, Texas, 1915-30. Hill talks about the lynching of George Hughes in 1930, the African-American business and professional community in Sherman, and Ku Klux Klan marches.
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Date: October 13, 1986
Creator: Kumler, Donna & Hill, William

Oral History Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, February 18, 2010

Description: Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, longtime resident of Weatherford, Texas, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Towles' personal experiences of childhood and education in Weatherford, Depression-era struggles, and living in Weatherford during World War II. Towles also discusses her father's work with the Works Progress Administration, marriage to Norman Towles, her family's switch from Democratic loyalty to Republican, her personal evolution on race issues, and religious devotion.
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Date: February 18, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Towles, Billie Joyce

Oral History Interview with R. G. Smith, December 7, 1978

Description: Interview with Navy veteran R. G. Smith. The interview includes Smith's personal experiences while aboard the battleship USS California during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: December 7, 1978
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Smith, R. G.

Oral History Interview with Emory M. Spencer, September 30, 1971

Description: Interview with attorney Emory M. Spencer. The interview includes Spencer's personal experiences about being an attorney. Spencer talks about the development of the Coastal Bend area of South Texas 1920-71, cotton farming, Irish settlers and the Ku Klux Klan, gambling, the development of the Aransas County Airport, oil exploration, housing subdivisions, the Coastal Bend Regional Planning Commission, hurricanes, agriculture, property values, and prominent citizens of the county.
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Date: September 30, 1971
Creator: Stephens, A. Ray & Spencer, Emory M.

Oral History Interview with Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, April 19, 2011

Description: Interview with University of North Texas Professor Dr. Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, Mexican-born immigrant to Denton, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Beckman's personal experiences about childhood in Mexico City, relocating to the U.S., her decision to attend Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, her culture shock and homesickness, marriage to Curt Beckman, the decision to earn a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Iowa, being hired at UNT, and her efforts to remain in touch with family members in Mexico.
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Date: April 19, 2011
Creator: Clower, John & Beckman, Pierina E. Mercado

Oral History Interview with Ivan Arteaga, October 27, 2009

Description: Interview with Ivan Arteaga, Mexican national and immigrant to Princeton, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Arteaga's personal experiences of childhood and education in Mexico City. Arteaga also talks about his family's decision to immigrate to Provo, Utah, his first impressions of the U.S., marriage, deciding to relocate to Texas, opinions regarding anti-immigrant feelings prevalent in American culture and regarding the U.S. immigration bureaucracy, as well as his feelings about his two children's U.S. citizenship.
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Date: October 27, 2009
Creator: Dunbar, Paul & Arteaga, Ivan

Oral History Interview with John D. Devine, December 5, 1980

Description: Interview with Army Air Corps veteran John D. Devine. The interview includes Devine's personal experiences at Hickam Field with the 31st Bombardment Squadron during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: December 5, 1980
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Devine, John D.

Oral History Interview with George E. Waller, August 5, 1978

Description: Interview with Navy veteran George E. Waller. The interview includes Waller's personal experiences while aboard the battleship USS Maryland during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: August 5, 1978
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Waller, George E.

Oral History Interview with John Korba, May 3, 1984

Description: Interview with Navy veteran John Korba. The interview includes Korba's personal experiences while aboard the battleship USS West Virginia during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: May 3, 1984
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Korba, John

Oral History Interview with Dolphus Compere III, June 9, 2009

Description: Interview with World War II veteran Dolphus E. Compere III as part of the Tarrant County War Veterans Oral History Project. The interview includes Compere's personal experiences of childhood in Dallas, Texas, medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Dallas, and interning at the University of Michigan prior to his enlistment in the Army Air Corp as a surgeon with the Third Air Commando Group. Additionally, Compere discusses his experiences in the Philippines providing medical care to military personnel and local civilians, his post-war medical career in Fort Worth, Texas, and his experience of returning a war souvenir, a Japanese ceremonial sword, to its ancestral family. Photographs are included throughout the interview.
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Date: June 9, 2009
Creator: Hegi, Benjamin P. & Compere, Dolphus E., III

Oral History Interview with Earl Selover, May 4, 1984

Description: Interview with Navy veteran Earl Selover. The interview includes Selover's personal experiences while aboard the battleship USS Maryland during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Date: May 4, 1984
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Selover, Earl

Oral History Interview with K. O. Dahlgren, May 28, 2002

Description: Interview with K.O. Dahlgren, civil engineer and Marine Corps veteran. The interview includes Dahlgren's personal experiences about being a PBJ co-pilot in the Southwest Pacific Theater during World War II, enlisting in the Navy, primary and secondary flight training through the Civilian Pilot Training Program, pre-flight training, basic and advanced flight training, and navigation school. Additionally, Dahlgren talks about his early interest in aviation, designation as an Aviation Cadet, the transition to multi-engine planes at Corpus Christi and his transfer to the Marine Corps, transferring to Cherry Point, North Carolina, crew formation and PBJ training at Cherry Point, advanced training, his personal views on combat and the Japanese, stationing to Green Island, "night heckling" missions to Rabaul, his assignment to and living conditions in Emirau, skip-bombing, strafing, and night bombing missions, rest and relaxation in Australia, his rotation back to the states, and his postwar career.
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Date: May 28, 2002
Creator: Koontz, Christopher N. & Dahlgren, K. O.

Oral History Interview with Eugene L. Crumling, May 18, 1999

Description: Interview with Eugene L. Crumling, bartender and former professional ballplayer. The interview includes Crumling's personal experiences about being a professional baseball player in the U.S. during World War II. Crumling talks about his semi-pro baseball career in the late 1930s and early 1940s, the origin of his nickname, signing his first professional contract, life in the minor leagues during wartime, his draft classification as 4-F, his employment in defense-related work during the off-seasons, contrasts between life in the minors and life in the majors, individual Cardinals players, his first game and his first, and only, hit in the majors, the remainder of his minor league career, and his personal thoughts about the reserve clause, player strikes, modern-day salaries, and expansion.
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Date: May 28, 1999
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Crumling, Eugene L.

Oral History Interview with Jane Armstrong, August 20, 1987

Description: Interview with homemaker Jane Armstrong. The interview includes Armstrong's personal experiences about life on the Scott Jacobs Farm in Denton County. Armstrong talks about the purchase of the land by her grandfather, implements and outbuildings found on the farm, oil income and farm improvements during the 1920s and 1930s, rural entertainment and leisure activities, crops and planting, food preservation, in-town shopping, making homebrew and bootlegging activities, schools and churches, cemeteries, epidemics, and folk medicines and remedies.
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Date: August 20, 1987
Creator: Renner, Steve & Armstrong, Jane

Oral History Interview with Rick Dale, November 26, 2007

Description: Interview with U.S. Marine Corps Pilot Richard Dale as part of the Tarrant County War Veterans Oral History Project. The interview includes Dale's personal experiences of childhood, education at Baylor University and Texas A&M, attending training at Camp Pendleton, California, Quantico, Virginia, and officer candidate school. Additionally, Dale talks about his decision to enter the Marines aviation program, his assignments to various naval air stations, the particulars of "tailhook" aviation, and his civilian career with Northwest Airlines. The interview also includes an appendix with a photograph and an active duty summary.
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Date: November 26, 2007
Creator: Bristow, Lauren & Dale, Richard C.

Oral History Interview with Ana R. Alonso-Minutti, October 21, 2009

Description: Interview with assistant professor of music history at UNT Ana R. Alonso-Minutti, Mexican-born immigrant to Dallas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Alonso-Minutti's personal experiences of childhood and education in Mexico, attending college at Universidad de las Americas, discovering music history as a discipline of study, a one-year course of study in theology in Dallas, choir direction at a church in England, attending graduate school, and accepting a job offer from UNT. Additionally, Alonso-Minutti discusses family history, her grandparents' migration from Spain and Italy, her first impressions of the U.S., the decision to study musicology in the U.S. or Great Britain, the citizenship process, and the contrast of life in Mexico, England, California, and Texas.
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Date: October 21, 2009
Creator: Onspaugh, Patrick & Alonso-Minutti, Ana R.

Oral History Interview with Ed Fendell, October 27, 2006

Description: Interview with Ed Fendell, NASA communications engineer and assistant flight director, as part of the Skylab Oral History Project. The interview includes Fendell's personal experiences about childhood, serving in the Korean War-era Air Force, and joining NASA in 1963. Additionally, Fendell speaks about his communications work for Apollo, Skylab, the International Space Station, and Space Shuttle program missions, trouble-shooting for Skylab missions, lessons learned from the Skylab program, personnel issues at the Johnson Space Center, and turf battles between the Johnson Space Center and other NASA centers. The interview includes an appendix with a photograph and text of what the back of the photograph reads.
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Date: October 27, 2006
Creator: Johnson, Michael & Fendell, Ed

Oral History Interview with Fred Agnich, August 11, 1975

Description: Interview with Fred Agnich, businessman and member of the Texas House of Representatives, Republican. The interview includes Agnich's personal experiences as a member of the 64th Legislature. Agnich talks about the House speakership race, appropriations, committee appointments, the strip mining bill, public school financing, public utilities legislation, constitutional revision, and Governor Dolph Briscoe.
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Date: August 11, 1975
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Agnich, Fred

Oral History Interview with Eugene Fowler, Jr., Joel D. Fowler, Joe W. Specht, and Melody S. Kelly, October 11, 2008

Description: Interview with Eugene Fowler, Jr., Joel D. Fowler, Joe W. Specht, and Melody Specht Kelly. The interview includes their personal experiences about the Duke and Ayres Store and the University of North Texas Lab School. The Fowlers and the Spechts talk about childhood and education, enlisting, family histories, the Denton square, various jobs, and race issues in Denton. The interview includes an appendix with photographs and articles.
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Date: October 11, 2008
Creator: Mears, Michelle M.; Fowler, Eugene, Jr.; Fowler, Joel D.; Specht, Joe W. & Kelly, Melody Specht

Oral History Interview with Dennis Dunkins, March 8, 2006

Description: Interview with Dennis Dunkins, African-American alumnus of North Texas State University. The interview includes Dunkins' personal experiences of childhood and education, enrolling in North Texas, majoring in Industrial Technology and his graduation in 1963, having a career with General Motors, as a business owner, and with Fort Worth ISD. Additionally, Dunkins speaks about off-campus life in "Shack Town" and support from black citizens of Denton, social life among African-American students and relations with white students and faculty, efforts to desegregate public facilities in Denton, and his summer jobs with Texas & Pacific Railroad Company. The interview includes a photograph of the University of North Texas Trailblazers in 2005.
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Date: March 8, 2006
Creator: Yancey, Sherelyn & Dunkins, Dennis