b. 1945
Ardmore, OK

Mershon Niesner has stayed connected with the “Stories of” project over the years.  In this first interview, she describes the changes she’s seen in the world due to the paradigm shift brought by high-tech.  Five years later, she reconnected with me to interview for my new project, “Stories of COVID™”, to describe the paradigm shift she’s witnessing in a pandemic.  Listen to that interview here:  https://anchor.fm/stories-of-covid/episodes/12–Mershon-Niesner–Stages-of-Grief-ed87bj

b. 1945
New Orleans, LA

Dagmar Booth was an early adopter of technology, and has the interesting perspective of its advancement across the birth of her three daughters.  At first, the work to keep the clothes, bottles, and diapers clean was enormous.  But as microwaves, dishwashers, and disposable diapers came between each of her daughters, the work lightened.  Dagmar also was an early adopter of Atari, and she and her husband, John, stayed up late playing the video games.

Listen to John Booth’s interview here: https://storiesofelders.com/podcast/episode-4-john-wilkes-booth/

b. 1915 at home
LaGrange, ID

Virginia Sears is the sister of Virgil Westdale, who was featured in Episode One.  In this episode, Virginia tells us what it was like to live through the Great Depression, and afterward, about the discrimination she faced during World War II as a Japanese American.

To learn more about Stories of COVID, click here.

b. 1927
St. Clair, MI

Chris Smith is the third generation owner of Chris-Craft, one of the oldest boat manufacturers in Michigan.  His family built several award winning racing boats for the Detroit Cup, the landing boats used in Normandy during World War II, and adapted the first outboard motors.

b. 1931
Selma, NC

Betty Josephine Segal was a pleasure to chat with.  In fact, we continued our conversation over dinner after the interviews, and again over tea when I hosted a book signing at the local library where she lives in Rantoul, IL.  Her manner of conversation and explanation is something to be admired, and her time at the CDC as things changed provides insight into how workplaces were altered by tech.