Episode 19 – Adele Jones

Sparta, MI
Born 1945

“Things that are saved on computers, nowadays, just might not be there.”

I met Adele Jones through Virgil Westdale, whom I also interviewed.  She is a wonderful example of intentionality with technology, not just in its use, but also in leaving behind a legacy for your family.  She is creator of the book “Lifetime Journey – Your Family Story”, which you can see her pictured with on the website episode.  In this book, the owner records important dates and places keepsakes for generations to come.  Find it on Amazon.


Episode 18 – Bob Johnson

Salt Lake City, UT
Born 1937

“When I want something to have meaning, I write a letter.”

Bob Johnson is a valuable resource for understanding how technology has changed America.  His work both in industry and as a family psychologist gives him a unique perspective into changes in culture both personally and professionally.  Here he tells a heartbreaking story about a client, and gives us a glimpse into his thinking as a member of the Greatest Generation.

Episode 17 – Emma Lommasson

Missoula, MT
Born 1911

“I wish people were happier.”

It is an amazing feeling to sit across from someone who has lived more than a century.  Emma has seen — and remembers — World War One, The Great Depression, World War Two, and much more.  At the end of her interview I asked if she wanted people to know anything specific, given that she had a mic on her lapel to record it.  She started by saying she wished people were happier.

Episode 16 – Ann Atkin

Kansas City, MO
Born 1934

“… But we didn’t fly.  I never thought we would.”

Meet Ann, a big band singer from Kansas City, MO, who grew up during the Great Depression.  She is a gifted story teller, and describes the things that she saw while a child.  The dust bowl, poverty, and her dad having to work extraordinary hours to make ends meet.

Episode 15 – Gerrie Powell

Detroit, MI
Born 1932

Have you ever wondered why older women had blue hair?  What happened to the monster hair driers used in the 1950’s salons?  Did you know that salons used to use formaldehyde on their tools?

Gerrie and I sat down for our official interview at the beginning of the National Tour in 2015.  Several months later, she called me to say that she had thought of more she wanted to tell me about the shift in chemicals and gender usage of salons over her career as a hair dresser.  Our conversation touches on state inspections, uniforms, color and chemical development, and more.  If you’ve ever wondered how the cosmetic industry has changed, this conversation is for you.