As we get older, we are all guilty of talking about the numerous changes, both in the landscape around us and in society, that we’ve seen since childhood. In fact, sometimes our children think we’re incredibly boring about it! Mine are mostly too polite to say so, if you ignore the eye rolls.
Now that I have several decades behind me, I’ve often wanted to compare notes with others of my generation, as well as those that preceded me, to see how the various decades affected them – Depression, war, the McCarthy era, Civil Rights movement, and, sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll of the 1960’s. Probably that last bit will have to wait until my generation is too old to care what our children think.
I wanted to write about my favorite “Story.” But I can’t choose one. Volunteer Don Dale’s “What’s your Story?” series of interviews has surpassed 20. He may have missed the butcher, baker and candlestick maker, but he’s doing his best to talk to everyone else. How about this sampling: museum curator, veterinarian, first black woman TV anchor in Richmond, barber, actor, small business owner, writer, collector, first black woman Richmond police officer, locomotive engineer, Virginia Voice listener, body builder.
Browse through their stories and you’ll find echoes of your memories and your family’s life in the Great Depression, several wars, and decades of activity and change.
I’m the richer for having heard their stories.
I hope you’ll listen to some of them and leave us a note in the “comments” section. Then call, 804-266-2477 and make an appointment to tell us your story! (And if you want to talk about the ‘60’s, we’ll put it in a time capsule and bring it out in about 20 years.)
Rebecca Emmett, Program Director, Virginia Voice