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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 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 Candy Marcum, June 3, 2013

Description: Interview with Candy Marcum. The interview includes Marcum's personal experiences from her childhood, growing up as a lesbian, the gay community, and being involved in the Human Rights Campaign. She particularly talks about counseling gay people, the AIDS crisis, and the coming out process.
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Date: June 3, 2013
Creator: Wisely, Karen & Marcum, Candy

Oral History Interview with Alessandro Buccilli, April 6, 2011

Description: Interview with Italian immigrant Alessandro Buccilli, Director of Marketing and Sales Administration for Peterbilt Motors Company, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. Buccilli discusses his family background in Rome, Italy, his education, employment in the U.S., the shifts in perceptions about Italy and the U.S., social responsibility, learning English, his perspectives on the importance of language and culture, raising American children, and his legacy. The interview also includes Buccilli's comparisons of opportunities, bureaucracy, culture, and national immigration debates in Italy and the U.S.
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Date: April 6, 2011
Creator: Alexander, Matthew & Buccilli, Alessandro

Oral History Interview with Joseph Hazen, April 19, 2013

Description: Interview with Joseph Hazen, Marine veteran and Air America fixed-wing pilot, for the Air America Oral History Project. The interview includes Hazen's personal experiences at Navy flight training, peace-time Marine Corps, and flying for Air America. Hazen talks about interactions with the "Customer," also known as CIA case officers, his interaction with the Hmong, various missions, his transfer to Southern Air Transport, rumors about Air America, and his thoughts on U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
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Date: May 6, 2013
Creator: Ferguson, J. Michael & Hazen, Joseph

Oral History Interview with James F. Brede, 2011

Description: Interview with James F. Brede, dentist and U.S. Army Air Forces veteran. The interview includes his personal experiences in World War II as a B-17 co-pilot with the 8th Air Force in the European Theater, his childhood in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1943, preliminary training in Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas, his active service with the 379th Bomb Group in Kimbolton, England, combat experience in 35 missions, return to the U.S. and continued military service as a flight instructor in Lakeland, Florida and Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as the return to civilian life, marriage, dental school under the G.I. Bill, reenlistment in the Air Force as a dentist, his deployment to Korea, his discharge from the Air Force, and the establishment of his dental practice and experiences since retirement. The interview includes an appendix with a copy of his book.
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Date: March 30, 2011
Creator: Fox, Lisa A. & Brede, James F.

Oral History Interview with Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong, February 24, 2010

Description: Interview with Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong, longtime activists in the Dallas lesbian community. The interview includes Armstrong's personal experiences of childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, New Jersey, and California, as well as her decision to study nursing and settle in Denver, Colorado, and her coming out narrative. The interview also includes Young's personal experiences of childhood in Ada, Oklahoma, her education at East Central State University and the University of Colorado, and her coming out narrative. They talk about their meeting and early relationship, give descriptions of Denver's gay and lesbian communities, their involvement with various groups such as the Daughters of Bilitis and Gay Liberation Front, their decision to move to Dallas, their involvement with groups such as the National Organization for Women and Dallas Gay Political Caucus/Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance in various political campaigns, and Young's career at Texas Instruments and Raytheon and efforts to create more equitable human resources policies from within the corporations. Additionally, Armstrong and Young talk about the effects of the HIV-AIDS crisis on Dallas's gay and lesbian communities, their 2008 marriage, relationships with family members, and secrets to a long relationship.
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Date: February 24, 2010
Creator: Wisely, Karen; Young, Louise & Armstrong, Vivienne

Oral History Interview with Dulcie Barnier Dreyspring, December 4, 2012

Description: Interview with Dulcie Barnier Dreyspring, Australian-born immigrant to Fort Worth, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Dreyspring's personal experiences of childhood in Australia, interactions with American soldiers during World War II, the Japanese invasion of Australia, her first visit to the U.S., first impressions of America, her first marriage to an American, and her return to Australia for the immigration process. It also includes her impressions of various American cities, views on American identity, her siblings in Australia, reasons for moving to Fort Worth, her second marriage to an American airman, adopting Texas culture, and advice for future immigrants.
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Date: December 4, 2012
Creator: Bravo, Francis & Dreyspring, Dulcie Barnier

Oral History Interview with Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, March 17, 2011

Description: Interview with graphic designer, business owner, and beauty pageant winner Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, Iranian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Fitzgerald's personal experiences of childhood and home life in Tehran, Iran, attending Al Zahra University in Tehran, coming to America as a young bride, attending the University of North Texas and finding a career as a fine artist in Dallas. Fitzgerald talks about serving as Mrs. International 2009 and establishing the Fight Oral Cancer Foundation. The interview includes photographs and articles about Fitzgerald.
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Date: March 17, 2011
Creator: Kilgore, Deborah & Fitzgerald, Armaiti Shahidi

Oral History Interview with Miguel Soria, October 2, 2012

Description: Interview with Miguel Soria, Mexican-born immigrant to Plano, Texas. The interview includes Soria's personal experiences about childhood in Mexico, his first visit to the U.S., illegally crossing the border to live in Dallas, Texas, and experiences with a human smuggler, along with his experiences as an undocumented person and with discrimination. It also includes his thoughts on the DREAM act and the immigration process, and advice for future immigrants.
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Date: October 2, 2012
Creator: Duque, Samantha & Soria, Miguel

Oral History Interview with Vladislava Alaytseva, November 26, 2012

Description: Interview with Vladislava Alaytseva, Uzbekistani-born immigrant to Dallas, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Alaytseva's personal experiences of childhood in Uzbekistan, moving to the U.S., transitioning to the American school system, her first impressions the U.S., and the culture shock in America. Additionally, Alaytseva talks about the transition of Uzbekistan from a Soviet satellite to an independent Muslim nation, her mother's family in Russia, the differentiation between being ethnically Russian or Uzbekistani, the definition of "culture," the comparison of life in Uzbekistan and the U.S., and the elements of Uzbekistani culture brought to America.
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Date: November 26, 2012
Creator: Brooks, David & Alaytseva, Vladislava

Oral History Interview with Roy J. Grogan, March 16, 2010

Description: Interview with Roy J. Grogan, longtime Weatherford resident and elected official, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Grogan's personal experiences of childhood and education in Weatherford, Depression-era struggles, enlisting in the U.S. Navy, and World War II. Additionally, Grogan talks about his studies at Weatherford College, Duke University, and Duke Law, his legal career with the FBI and as a land developer, his political career on the Weatherford City Council and Weatherford College Board of Regents, the integration of Weatherford schools, and his involvement in state party politics. The interview includes an appendix with Grogan's resume.
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Date: March 16, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Grogan, Roy J.

Oral History Interview with Giancarlo Quijano, October 11, 2012

Description: Interview with Giancarlo Quijano, West German-born Colombian immigrant to Denton, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigration Oral History Project. The interview includes Quijano's personal experiences from his childhood in West Germany, life in Colombia during the 1990s violence, his family's immigration to Texas, his expectations of the U.S., and the subsequent culture shock. Quijano talks about the transition to American life, attending college as an international student, his experiences with the citizenship process, and his thoughts on the immigration debate.
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Date: October 11, 2012
Creator: Duque, Samantha & Quijano, Giancarlo

Oral History Interview with Shelley Schnittker, February 24, 2013

Description: Interview with U.S. Navy Seaman, Avionics Technician, and Persian Gulf War-era Veteran Shelley Schnittker for the Women Veterans Oral History Project. The interview includes her experiences with childhood in Arlington and the effects of her parent's divorce. She talks about her experience in drug rehab, reasons for joining the Navy, training in a job recently opened to women, her experience in an all-female company at boot camp, life at duty station in San Diego, California, and the reaction of her family when she told them of her enlistment. It also includes her experience as part of a detachment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation, her thoughts on women in combat and the expanding role of women in the Navy in the early 1990s. She talks about her first marriage, as well as attending Baylor University and the reaction of other students in regards to her veteran status, the lack of support for women veterans at Baylor, the shellback ceremony, and her advice for future generations of women in the military. Schnittker also talks about unreported sexual assault during avionics school, and gives advice to victims of military sexual trauma. It includes an appendix with photographs and a list detailing Schnittker's military career.
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Date: February 24, 2013
Creator: Hedrick, Amy & Schnittker, Shelley

Oral History Interview with Raymond Curtis, April 29, 2010

Description: Interview with Raymond Curtis, longtime resident and school administrator of Weatherford, Texas, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Curtis' personal experiences of farm life in the Great Depression, childhood in Collin County, Texas, and education at the University of North Texas under the GI Bill. Additionally, Curtis discusses his family history, his career as a teacher, administrator, and coach in various public school districts, the integration of Weatherford schools, the school-building program, and his career as CEO of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.
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Date: April 29, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Curtis, Raymond

Oral History Interview with Steve Stevens, March 21, 2013

Description: Interview with Air America fixed-wing and rotary-wing pilot Steve Stevens for the Air America Oral History Project. The interview includes Stevens' personal experiences while serving with the Marine Corps in the Korean War, flight training with the Marine Corps, getting hired with Air America, as well as flying the Sikorsky H-34 helicopter in Laos, photo reconnaissance missions throughout Laos including the Ho Chi Minh Trail in the Beechcraft Volpar, flying other helicopters and airplanes in Laos, South Vietnam, and Japan for Air America, and flying work in other parts of the world after Air America. Stevens talks about a Search and Rescue mission in Laos, his early interest in aviation and the military, early connections to Air America via other Marines, and the excellent maintenance at Air America.
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Date: March 21, 2013
Creator: Ferguson, J. Michael & Stevens, Steve

Oral History Interview with Mae Cora Peterson, July 25, 2012

Description: Interview with South Carolina-born African American resident of Fort Worth, Texas, Mae Cora Peterson, a non-profit administrator and educator. The interview includes Peterson's personal experiences of childhood on the South Carolina State College campus in Orangeburg, South Carolina, life under the Jim Crow laws, working at Border Mission, her move to and impressions of Fort Worth under Jim Crow laws, graduate school at the University of Michigan, and colorism. Peterson talks about her husband's job at Maxwell Steel in Fort Worth, taking a cruise to Havana, Cuba, on a Jim Crow passenger ship, other blacks' disbelief of privileged childhood and insulation from the full effects of segregation, education jobs at various colleges, working as Executive Secretary for the Fort Worth YWCA, and working as the dean of girls for Fort Worth ISD. Additionally, Peterson gives details on segregated Fort Worth high schools and desegregation, and her trip to London and Paris with her daughter. The interview includes an appendix with letters, contracts, job registration forms, yearbook excerpts, and an article about Mae Cora Peterson.
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Date: July 25, 2012
Creator: Moye, Todd & Peterson, Mae Cora

Oral History Interview with Nicole Deluna, March 17, 2013

Description: Interview with Nicole Deluna, third generation of Bermejo women, for the Mexican American Women's Educational Experience Oral History Project. The interview includes Deluna's personal experiences of schooling in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the meaning of high school graduation, reasons for not attending college, a discussion of cultural expectations of Mexican American women, her daughter's educational plans, and the benefit of an education in the workplace. The interview includes an appendix with the Bermejo family tree.
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Date: March 17, 2013
Creator: Bravo, Francis & Deluna, Nicole

Oral History Interview with Pedro F. Franco, March 10, 2011

Description: Interview with Colombian-born oral surgeon Pedro F. Franco as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Franco's personal experiences about childhood in Cali, Colombia, attending college and dental school in Bogota, playing on the college soccer team, and working for a new constitution in Colombia. Additionally, Franco discusses family background, his father being kidnapped by a guerrilla group, his residency in the guerrilla-dominated portion of Colombia, educational experiences in Chicago, returning to Colombia, his decision to come to Dallas after being threatened by guerrillas, the impact of his father and mother shaping his values and work ethic, dealing with American stereotypes of Colombia, the apathy of the new generation in America, the legalization of narcotics, his expectations upon coming to America, his thoughts on the importance of philanthropy, and the importance of immigrants in making American great.
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Date: March 10, 2011
Creator: Nabors, Daniel & Franco, Pedro F.

Oral History Interview with Ada Fabiana Duque, October 20, 2012

Description: Interview with Ada Fabiana Duque, Colombian-born immigrant to Rockwall, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Duque's family background and the risks that accompanied being financially successful in Colombia during the Colombian civil war, the guerrilla violence in Colombia in the 1980s and 1990s, her experience as an exchange student to Illinois in 1992, her expectations about the U.S., education and employment in food engineering, the process of acquiring citizenship through political asylum, and her opinions about U.S. immigration policy and cultural assimilation, as well as reflections on American identity.
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Date: October 20, 2012
Creator: Bundschuh, Molly & Duque, Ada Fabiana

Oral History Interview with Cece Cox, March 14, 2012

Description: Interview with Cece Cox, Executive Director of Resource Center of Dallas and longtime activist in the LGBT community. The interview includes Cox's personal experiences of childhood in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, her college years at Northwestern University, and coming out the family, friends, and co-workers. Cox talks about the awareness of her sexual orientation, the supportive reactions of family, her decision to move to Dallas, Texas for a job, her involvement in the Dallas LGBT community, thoughts on Texas Penal Code 21.06-the Sodomy Law, the struggle for gay men to receive AIDS treatment at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas Gay Alliance's activism in AIDS treatment and care as well as in the struggle for equal treatment and human rights. Additionally, Cox talks about her impressions of Don Baker, Judge Jerry Buchmeyer and his decision to overturn penal code 21.06, changes in Dallas's LGBT community, family life, and Resource Center Dallas's history and services. The interview also includes an appendix with articles, Vol. 4, No. 2 of the THRF News newsletter, and a certificate of incorporation for the Foundation For Human Understanding.
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Date: March 14, 2012
Creator: Mims, Michael & Cox, Cece

Oral History Interview with Robert Cook, October 19, 2012

Description: Interview with Army veteran Robert Cook. The interview includes Cook's personal experiences in the European Theater as well as experiences as a prisoner-of-war of the Germans in Stalag 17 and post-war life. The interview also includes an appendix with a photograph.
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Date: October 19, 2012
Creator: Lane, Peter B. & Cook, Robert

Oral History Interview with Joe Tison, May 11, 2010

Description: Interview with Weatherford resident Joe Tison, school administrator and mayor, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Tison's personal experiences of childhood, education in Weatherford public schools, Weatherford College, and North Texas State College, as well as his career as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in Aledo and Weatherford ISDs. Tison also discusses the racial integration of Weatherford schools, his career as interim superintendent at various North Texas ISDs, and his experience as mayor. The interview includes an appendix with photographs and articles about Tison.
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Date: May 11, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Tison, Joe

Oral History Interview with Laura Nevada Weger, March 31, 2013

Description: Interview with Laura Nevada Weger, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, Cryptologic Technician, and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran, for the Women Veterans Oral History Project. The interview includes Weger's personal experiences of childhood, her family history of military service, reasons for joining the Navy, reaction from her family to her enlistment, training as a cryptological technician, first duty station at Whidbey Island, Washington. Weger talks about the lack of women in unit, rate of pregnancy among unit, sexual assault in the Navy, being a sexual assault victim advocate at SPAWAR, Chantilly, Virginia, deployments aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, the Shellback Ceremony and hazing, her activity in veterans groups, the civilian reaction to service, reflections on military service, her second duty station at SPAWAR, Chantilly, Virginia, and advice for future female service members. Additionally, she includes her thoughts on the lifting of combat exclusion ban on women, working at a joint command, integrated barracks, women on submarine duty, the Naval medical system, and her grandmother's service in the Women's Army Corp during the Korean War. The interview includes an appendix with photographs and a list detailing Weger's military career.
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Date: March 31, 2013
Creator: Hedrick, Amy & Weger, Laura Nevada