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Interview No. 1460, Ramon García 2010 University of Texas at El Paso

Interview No. 1460, Ramon García

Combined Interviews

Mr. García mentions his childhood and how difficult it was when his parents separated; he and his siblings had to work to support their family when they were only children; he crossed illegally at the age of fifteen to work in the U.S.; when he was eighteen he decided to enlist in the bracero program and went to the contracting center in Monterrey, Nuevo León; he remembers the entire process, including the waiting times, the amount of people, and the harsh conditions; he recalls the medical exams he went through; after being hired he was sent to Arkansas to ...


Interview No. 1461, Marcelino Gonzalez D. 2010 University of Texas at El Paso

Interview No. 1461, Marcelino Gonzalez D.

Combined Interviews

Mr. Gonzalez talks about his hometown and how, despite the economic difficulties, he enjoyed his childhood; he describes his schooling and that when he was studying he wanted to come to the united States to work; around the year of 1954, Mr. Gonzalez went through the hiring process to become a bracero; he mentions going through the hiring center of Monterrey, Nuevo León, México; he describes the embarrassment of going through physical medical exams, where they were stripped and examined; as a bracero, Mr. Gonzalez remembers mainly working in the cotton, onion, and lettuce fields of El Paso, Plainview and ...


Interview With Dick Gephardt And Tom O’Donnell By Diane Dewhirst, Richard 'Dick' A. Gephardt, Thomas 'Tom' J. O'Donnell 2010 Bowdoin College

Interview With Dick Gephardt And Tom O’Donnell By Diane Dewhirst, Richard 'Dick' A. Gephardt, Thomas 'Tom' J. O'Donnell

George J. Mitchell Oral History Project

Biographical Note
Richard Andrew “Dick” Gephardt was born on January 31, 1941, in St. Louis, Missouri. He earned a B.S. from Northwestern University in 1962 and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1965. He was active in local Democratic politics and city government until 1976, when he was elected the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Missouri’s 3rd District until 2004, when he retired from the House and sought, unsuccessfully, the Democratic nomination for president, a nomination he also sought but failed to win in 1977. He served as House majority leader from ...


Interview With Dennis G. Payne, Jasse Chimuku 2010 Portland State University

Interview With Dennis G. Payne, Jasse Chimuku

Black United Front Oral History Project

Interview with Dennis Payne by Jasse Chimuku on February 23, 2010, in Portland, Oregon.

Dennis discusses his time at Portland State University almost entirely. He gives a detailed description of his family genealogy, including the migration through Montana of his father and mother. The story of his grandparents living in Wyoming and ultimately in Harding, Montana is rich with detail of Black family life in the area during the early twentieth century.

The bulk of the interview highlights the struggle of Black students while he attended college. The Black Power movement on a nationwide basis was in full swing at ...


Interview With George And Margaret Isaacson By Andrea L’Hommedieu, George S. Isaacson, Margaret M. Isaacson 2010 Bowdoin College

Interview With George And Margaret Isaacson By Andrea L’Hommedieu, George S. Isaacson, Margaret M. Isaacson

George J. Mitchell Oral History Project

Biographical Note
George Steven Isaacson was born in New York on October 20, 1948, and grew up in Auburn, Maine. His father worked in a lumber business in Livermore Falls with his uncles. George was graduated from Bowdoin College and attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he met his future wife, Margaret. After graduating, he clerked for Judge Thomas E. Delahanty and then went to work for a law firm in Portland, Maine. George Mitchell interviewed him for an attorney’s position with Jensen Baird law firm. At the time of this interview, he was a senior ...


Interview With Sandy Maisel By Mike Hastings, L. Sandy Maisel 2010 Bowdoin College

Interview With Sandy Maisel By Mike Hastings, L. Sandy Maisel

George J. Mitchell Oral History Project

Biographical Note
Louis "Sandy" Maisel was born on October 25, 1945, in Buffalo, New York. He attended Harvard, where he became involved with various campus and political organizations, and Columbia University, where he earned his Ph.D. in political science. In 1971 he settled in Maine, working on Bill Hathaway’s campaign for Senate, teaching at Colby College, and volunteering for Maine Democrats, including George Mitchell. In 1977, Maisel was the research director for the House Commission on Administrative Review. In 1978, he ran unsuccessfully in the congressional primary in Maine. At the time of this interview he was professor ...


Interview No. 1630, James L. Hayden 2010 University of Texas at El Paso

Interview No. 1630, James L. Hayden

Combined Interviews

As a career soldier, Hayden spent the better part of his life in the Army; in this interview he recalls his experiences as a fourth-generation West Point graduate, his service both in the Army Constabulary in immediate post-World War II Germany and in Korea during the Korean War, his responsibilities at White Sands Missile Range under Wernher von Braun, and his recent volunteer work as a West Point admissions advisor. Born in 1923 in New York, Hayden was expected from birth to attend West Point; indeed, his father was an instructor there at the time. Although he applied in 1940 ...


Interview No. 1477, Adam Nieto 2010 University of Texas at El Paso

Interview No. 1477, Adam Nieto

Paso del Norte Entrepreneurship Oral History Project

From the age of 12 until he was 15 years old, Adam Nieto worked a paper route to earn extra money for his family. After high school, Adam left El Paso for Los Angeles for two years to work, however in 1965, the draft system caught up with Adam and at the age of 21, he was drafted by the United States Army into the Vietnam War. In 1967, after his time in the military, Adam enrolled at The University of Texas at El Paso and spent four years working on his B.A. in Education. Adam was able to ...


Interview With Andrea Maker By Andrea L’Hommedieu, Andrea C. Maker 2010 Bowdoin College

Interview With Andrea Maker By Andrea L’Hommedieu, Andrea C. Maker

George J. Mitchell Oral History Project

Biographical Note
Andrea (Cianchette) Maker was born in 1956 in Waterville, Maine, and grew up in Pittsfield, Maine. She came from a large, politically active family of both Democrats and Republicans. Her family’s construction business, Cianbro, evolved and grew during her childhood. While in college in New Hampshire, Maker interned for Bill Cohen. She attended the University of Maine School of Law for two years, then completed her third year at American University in Washington, D.C. During her third year of law school she worked for Senator Mitchell in the mailroom, drafting responses to atypical letters. After law ...


Interview With Joyce Braden Harris, Heather Oriana Petrocelli, Parvaneh Abbaspour 2010 Portland State University

Interview With Joyce Braden Harris, Heather Oriana Petrocelli, Parvaneh Abbaspour

Black United Front Oral History Project

Interview with Joyce Braden Harris by Parvaneh Abbaspour and Heather Oriana Petrocelli on March 10, 2010, in Portland, Oregon.

Joyce discusses her work in education.


Interview With Pauline Bradford, Tasha Triplett 2010 Portland State University

Interview With Pauline Bradford, Tasha Triplett

Black United Front Oral History Project

Interview with Pauline Bradford by Tasha Triplett and Patrice Mays, March 9th, 2010, at Pauline Bradford’s home in Portland, Oregon.

Pauline discusses her continuing involvement with the Harriet Tubman Club, one of many member clubs of the Oregon and National Association of Colored Women's Clubs. These clubs played important roles both locally and nationally in improving interracial relations and promoting civic engagement and uplift within African American communities.


Interview With Deborah Cochrane, Chris Riser 2010 Portland State University

Interview With Deborah Cochrane, Chris Riser

Black United Front Oral History Project

Interview with Deborah Cochrane by Chris Riser on March 8, 2010, in the Portland Teachers’ Program office on the Portland Community College Cascade Campus.

Deborah describes her experiences working at the Whitney Young Learning Center and being the director of the Portland Teacher's Program.


Interview No. 1622, Michael Fushille M.D. 2010 University of Texas at El Paso

Interview No. 1622, Michael Fushille M.D.

Combined Interviews

He describes the process of getting into medical school, and trying to keep his G.I. benefits. Dr. Fushille enlisted in the Navy before the war and was accepted, but was told to remain in school because they had no place for him. He eventually served on an aircraft carrier during WWII, where he faced hurricanes, fires, and kamikaze attacks by the Japanese. Dr. Fushille served in the combat information center on the carrier as a radar technician. He finished his medical exams in 1957, before returning to New Jersey to complete his internship; by this time he and his ...


Interview No. 1477, Adam Nieto 2010 University of Texas at El Paso

Interview No. 1477, Adam Nieto

Combined Interviews

From the age of 12 until he was 15 years old, Adam Nieto worked a paper route to earn extra money for his family. After high school, Adam left El Paso for Los Angeles for two years to work, however in 1965, the draft system caught up with Adam and at the age of 21, he was drafted by the United States Army into the Vietnam War. In 1967, after his time in the military, Adam enrolled at The University of Texas at El Paso and spent four years working on his B.A. in Education. Adam was able to ...


Interview With Heather Mitchell (2) By Brien Williams, Heather M. Mitchell 2010 Bowdoin College

Interview With Heather Mitchell (2) By Brien Williams, Heather M. Mitchell

George J. Mitchell Oral History Project

Biographical Note
Heather McLachlan Mitchell was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, and lived in Paris, France, for fifteen years. She was assistant to the executive director of the Association of Tennis Professionals and subsequently represented professional male tennis players. She relocated from Paris to New York and in 1993 met George Mitchell at the U.S. Open. The two were married in 1994. She later worked independently coordinating tennis events. Once their children started school, she began working as a literary agent at Gelfman Schneider.

Summary
Interview includes discussion of: connections in Maine when growing up in Quebec; visiting ...


Interview With Kathleen A. Saadat, Cameron Chambers 2010 Portland State University

Interview With Kathleen A. Saadat, Cameron Chambers

Black United Front Oral History Project

Interview with Kathleen Saadat by Cameron Chambers on March 2, 2010 in Portland, Oregon.

Kathleen discusses how her family provided her with a tradition of camaraderie, social justice advocacy, and education. She also emphasizes how her diverse friendships and relationships opened her up to perspectives that had a great effect on her.


Interview With Frank Wood By Andrea L’Hommedieu, Frank P. Wood 2010 Bowdoin College

Interview With Frank Wood By Andrea L’Hommedieu, Frank P. Wood

George J. Mitchell Oral History Project

Biographical Note
Frank P. Wood was born in 1949 in Sanford, Maine. His father was Lawrence Wood, a farm machinery salesman, and his mother was Arlene Wood, a secretary and college administrator. He became interested in politics at an early age, working on campaigns throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He served in the Maine legislature from 1977 to 1985, serving on the Taxation and Agriculture committees.

Summary
Interview includes discussion of: meeting Mitchell while Wood was in college at USM; Mitchell and Ken Curtis; working with Larry Benoit on campaigns; Mitchell and Emery in 1982; the tide turning in ...


Interview With Willie Mae Hart, Lisa Chere' Donnelly, Heather Jo Burmeister 2010 Portland State University

Interview With Willie Mae Hart, Lisa Chere' Donnelly, Heather Jo Burmeister

Black United Front Oral History Project

Interview with Willie Mae Hart by Heather Burmeister and Lisa Donnelly on February 25, 2010, in Portland, Oregon.

Willie discusses the many important moments in Oregon history such as the Vanport Flood, the debate over the Public Accommodations Act, and presidential candidate John F. Kennedy's campaign visit to Portland in 1960, where he met Willie Mae at an event that she had organized.


Interview With John Baldacci By Andrea L’Hommedieu, John E. Baldacci 2010 Bowdoin College

Interview With John Baldacci By Andrea L’Hommedieu, John E. Baldacci

George J. Mitchell Oral History Project

Biographical Note
John Elias Baldacci was born January 30, 1955, in Bangor, Maine. He attended the University of Maine, Orono, was a member of the Bangor city council from 1978 to 1981, and served in the Maine state senate from 1982 to 1994. In 1994 he was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representative and served four terms from 1995 to 2003. In 2003, he became governor of Maine and at the time of the interview was still serving in that capacity. Baldacci’s grandmother and George Mitchell’s mother were sisters.

Summary
Interview includes discussion ...


Interview With Bruce And Nancy Chandler By Andrea L’Hommedieu, Bruce Chandler, Nancy Chandler 2010 Bowdoin College

Interview With Bruce And Nancy Chandler By Andrea L’Hommedieu, Bruce Chandler, Nancy Chandler

George J. Mitchell Oral History Project

Biographical Note
Bruce Chandler was born May 6, 1931, in Nahant, Massachusetts, to Henry Warwick Chandler and Florence Johnson Chandler. His father worked for General Electric Company and became assistant to the vice president of the Jet Engine Division. His mother was a teacher before marriage, then a homemaker. Bruce went to Bates College, and after graduating in 1953 he was drafted into the armed forces from 1954 to 1956. Later, he attended law school at Georgetown University, then moved back to Maine and became a lawyer in 1961. During twenty-four years being involved in Maine state politics, he served ...


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