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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
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Oral History Interview with Ealy Boyd, October 17, 2007

Description: Interview with Ealy Boyd, Korean War veteran, as part of the Tarrant County War Veterans Oral History Project. The interview includes Boyd's personal experiences about childhood and education, enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, basic training in San Antonio and his assignment to Laredo Air Base, Texas, and encounters with North Korean POWs. Additionally, Boyd discusses his deployment to Korea as a vehicle operator with the Fifth Motor Transport Squadron, assignments at various bases, his shift into vehicle maintenance MOS, then into maintenance and storage of nuclear warheads, and finally into aircraft maintenance, his civilian career with Lockheed Martin, political work for Reps. Martin Frost, Preston Geren, and Jim Wright, as well as with State Senator Mike Moncrief. The interview includes an appendix with a photograph.
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Date: October 17, 2007
Creator: De Santiago Ramos, Simone C. & Ealy, Boyd
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Oral History Interview with Lanson B. Ditto, October 11, 1996

Description: Interview with Lanson B. Ditto, clothier and Navy veteran. The interview includes Ditto's personal experiences about the Pacific, Atlantic, and Mediterranean Theaters during World War II. Ditto talks about his education, enlistment in the Navy V-7 Program, midshipman training, assignment to the USS Langley, pre-war duty in the Philippines, coming of war and combat around the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies, the sinking of the Langley and his transfer to the USS Pecos, the sinking of the Pecos and his rescue by the USS Whipple, various naval battles and assignments, antisubmarine patrols off the Solomons, various escort duties, and his promotion to captain of the O'Toole.
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Date: October 11, 1996
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Ditto, Lanson B.
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Oral History Interview with David Braden, February 4, 2005

Description: Interview with David Braden, architect and Army Air Forces veteran. In the interview, Braden speaks about his impressions of General Curtis LeMay in the Pacific Theater during World War II, his assignment to Saipan, Mariana Islands, for bombing operations against the Japanese homeland, LeMay's arrival in the Marianas and changes in bombing techniques, the thirty-five mission limitation and improvement in aircrew morale, his functions as a B-29 navigator, LeMay's decision to conduct incendiary night rights at 5,000 feet, the strategic importance of Iwo Jima for bomber crews, and his assessment of how LeMay's policies made a decided difference in ending the war.
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Date: February 4, 2005
Creator: Hurley, Alfred F. & Braden, David
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Autobiographical Narrative of Leonard A. Charpentier, June 18, 1999

Description: Narrative of Dr. Leonard A. Charpentier. The narrative includes a monologue of Charpentier's experiences as a P-47 fighter pilot in the European Theater during World War II. Charpentier talks about basic training, flight training, fighter pilot training, his assignment to the 86th Fighter Squadron on Corsica, the P-47 Thunderbolt, various missions, his being shot down on a mission over southern France and being captured, the treatment of his wounds at a German field hospital, and his postwar medical career.
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Date: June 18, 1999
Creator: Charpentier, Leonard A.
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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
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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
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Oral History Interview with E. Benjamin Dunn, November 16, 1999

Description: Interview with E. Benjamin Dunn, Army veteran and member of the "Lost Battalion." The interview includes Dunn's personal experiences about being a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II, basic training, the fall of Java and being captured, Changi Prison Camp, building the Burma-Thailand Death Railway, Nakhon Pathom, and liberation.
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Date: November 16, 1999
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Dunn, E. Benjamin
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Oral History Interview with Harold Corey, November 19, 2003

Description: Interview with businessman Harold Corey. The interview includes Corey's personal experiences about the Texas International Pop Festival. Corey talks about his parents' reaction to the social, political, and cultural changes of the Sixties, his early interest in popular music, protests against the Vietnam War, conflicts with the redneck culture, the influence of the Beatles on the music of the Sixties, the influence of the "British Invasion," meeting the Grand Funk Railroad at the festival, Hog Farm, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, the sale and use of drugs, the trip tent, festival security, activities at the campgrounds, comments about Ten Years After, and the lasting effects of the festival on his life. The interview includes an appendix with a campground map and festival advertisement.
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Date: November 19, 2003
Creator: Tittle, Dennis & Corey, Harold
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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
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Oral History Interview with John L. Bates, Jr., September 21, 2003

Description: Interview with attorney and Army veteran John L. Bates Jr. The Interview includes Bates' personal experiences in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II, Officer Candidate School, being selected for the Counter Intelligence Corps, British Intelligence School, assignment to Kweiyang, China, the end of the war and his transfer to the War Crimes Section as an Assistant Theater Judge Advocate, his assignment to Hankow to investigate the executions of three of Jimmy Doolittle's pilots and to Formosa to investigate war crimes, dealing with Japanese military personnel accused of committing atrocities against Allied POWs on Formosa, and his postwar career in the Army Reserve.
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Date: September 21, 2003
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Bates, John L., Jr.
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Oral History Interview with Randell Fields, December 4, 2003

Description: Interview with Randell Fields. The interview includes Fields' personal experiences about attending the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville, Texas, early youth in rural Texas, and transferring high schools. Fields also talks about attendance at the "Big D Jamboree," the effects of his parent's divorce and influence of his young stepmother's interest in current music, student challenges to authority at North Texas Mesquite High School, rock 'n roll music of the Sixties, the influence of the radio station KZEW, attending the festival accompanied by his brother, sister, and father, observing the festival from outside the grounds, and the significance of the festival.
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Date: December 4, 2003
Creator: Tittle, Dennis & Fields, Randell
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Oral History Interview with Billy Barker, September 3, 1977

Description: Interview with homemaker Billie Simpson Barker. The interview includes Barker's personal experiences about rural life in Denton County, Texas from 1925-1985. Barker talks about her father's sawmill operation, creek flooding, threshing operations, changes in land ownership, her husband's death, effects of the Great Depression, social life, the county's longtime residents, recreational activities, epidemics, wildlife problems, the tornado of June 8, 1937, her childhood, and homemade clothing.
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Date: September 3, 1987
Creator: Renner, Steve & Barker, Billy
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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
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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
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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
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Oral History Interview with Robert Cassel, March 17, 2004

Description: Interview with truck driver Robert Cassel. The interview includes Cassel's personal experiences about being employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
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Date: March 17, 2004
Creator: Dixon, Tricia Taylor & Cassel, Robert
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Oral History Interview with Richard Donley, February 22, 1997

Description: Interview with Navy veteran Richard Donley. The interview includes Donley's personal experiences about the Mediterranean Theater during World War II, boot camp, Fleet Torpedo School, encounters with German "F-lighter" armed barges and E-boats, various assignments, and combat against enemy destroyers. Donley also talks about screening operations for the invasions of Sicily and Salerno, operations along the coasts of northern Italy and southern France and the interdiction of German barge traffic, torpedo problems, commando and intelligence operations, returning to the States, his reassignment to the Motor Torpedo Boats Training Center, and transferring to Samar, Philippines.
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Date: February 22, 1997
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Donley, Richard
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Oral History Interview with Herb Elfering, December 6, 2001

Description: Interview with electrical engineer and Army veteran Herb Elfering, The interview includes Elfering's personal experiences with a searchlight/radar battery, 251st Coast Artillery Regiment, at camp Malekole during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Elfering also gives brief descriptions of his later experiences at Bougainville and Luzon.
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Date: December 6, 2001
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Elfering, Herb
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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
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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.
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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
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Oral History Interview with Ruby Cole, November 29, 2006

Description: Interview with Ruby Cole, resident of southeast Denton, as part of the Quakertown Oral History Project. The interview includes Cole's personal experiences about attending segregated schools in Denton, and living in a house moved from Quakertown. Cole also talks about her memories of educator Fred Moore, the folklore of Quakertown neighborhood and reasons for its disintegration, the efforts to create an African American museum in Denton, and Quakertown in the community's historical memory.
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Date: November 2006
Creator: Yancey, Sherelyn & Cole, Ruby
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Oral History Interview with Russell E. Dougherty, May 24, 2004

Description: Interview with Air Force veteran General Russell E. Dougherty, former commander-in-chief of Strategic Air Command. The interview includes Dougherty's personal experiences with General Curtis LeMay. Dougherty speaks about LeMay's uncanny judgment, organizational talents, and penchant for discipline, as well as his handling of people in his command, and the Soviet military's assessment of LeMay. The interview includes an appendix with "A General's Perspective: Leadership in the Cold War," written by General Russell E. Dougherty.
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Date: May 24, 2004
Creator: Hurley, Alfred F. & Dougherty, Russell E.
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