Miami Valley StoryCorps

Miami Valley StoryCorps interviews are the result of WYSO’s collaboration with StoryCorps, the national oral history collection project that visited Dayton in the spring of 2010 and 2014. All the Miami Valley StoryCorps segments consist of interviews between two local residents.

Danny Rodriguez and Yetunde Rodriguez

“You’re an atheist, and this is something you came out with a few months ago. I guess I kind of worry if you don’t believe in God you’re gonna start throwing everything else out the window.”

Yetunde Rodriguez and her husband Danny share their childhood memories of their mothers and reflect on how those memories have influenced their own growing family. Yetunde and Danny live in Dayton. They have three children.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Philip & Andrew Maurer

Apr 27, 2011
Philip Maurer and Andrew Maurer

"Ever since he died and I knew I would never see him, I’ve been rehashing all these memories. That trip was important because it was one of the few times I got to interact with this man who I loved, who loved me, who I had fun with."

There's a unifying bond between siblings who are close in age, and the Maurer brothers of Findlay, Ohio have only two years separating them. Philip is 24, and Andrew is 26. They came to StoryCorps to discuss their shared childhood experiences, and try to make sense of what they still remember.

(Originally broadcast January 24, 2011)

Dorothy Harback and Fred Bartenstein

“There was a great feeling of loss in the community and that was the context in which tearing down the Victory Theater seemed like one more nail in the coffin of a dying city.”

The Victoria Theater in downtown Dayton has survived two fires and a flood. But in the early 1970's an economic downturn threatened the theater. Citizens rallied to Save The Victory, as it was known at the time. Yellow Springs resident Fred Bartenstein and Dorothy Harback of Lebanon remember how the community pulled together to save the Victoria Theater from demolition.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Kim Clay & Vanessa Stanton-Clay

Apr 13, 2011
Kim Clay and Vanessa Stanton-Clay

"We have been truly blessed since the plant has closed - because some people have committed suicide, divorces, people have lost their homes, their cars... We're still standing. Everytime we think we're going under the water, something pushes us right back up."

Miami Valley StoryCorps: George Vlahos & Tom Ferratt

Apr 4, 2011
George Vlahos and Tom Ferratt

"I went to first grade for a month, maybe six weeks. The Italian Army invaded the village, therefore we were left without a teacher. Luckily, she left the textbook with us and so from that textbook my illiterate mother and I learned how to read."

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Doug Cline & Elizabeth Cline

Mar 30, 2011
Elizabeth Cline and Doug Cline

“All I can remember is looking out the back of the ambulance and getting the feeling we were driving about 90 miles and hour. At that point it started setting in that this was a very serious event.”

Doug Cline experienced a major heart attack one morning in March. He was only 51 years old. A month later, Doug and his wife Elizabeth sat down to talk about the moment that shook their lives and forced them to reevaluate their day-to-day priorities.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Patricia Adams & Bryan Adams

Mar 24, 2011
Bryan Adams and Patricia Adams

“I’ll just take this child and put him in a little baby bed and he’ll just lay there and I can do my work, and then we had you. That wasn’t the way it worked out? No. You cried and fussed and carried on and you were way more work than I was prepared for.”

Patricia Adams is a legal assistant from Gahanna, Ohio. She came to StoryCorps to share stories about work. Patricia's son Bryan traveled all the way from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts to interview his mom. He wanted to hear about all the jobs she had before she took her favorite one – Mother.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Linda Burrs and Damien Burrs

Mar 16, 2011
Damien Burrs and Linda Burrs

"Some people are afraid of failure, some people are afraid of success. Regardless of what that fear is, it has been allowed to get in their way. So, whether we believe we can or we believe we can't, either way, we're right."

Dr. Linda Jackson Burrs has had a lifelong interest in how people overcome fear. She is a professor, consultant, and author of the book, "The Fruits of Inclusion." Burrs's uncle, Maceo Snipes, became the first person of color to vote in Taylor County, Georgia in 1946. Burrs was eager to tell her son, Damien Tyrone Burrs, how that event shaped her life.

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Mary M. Morgan & Joy Schwab

Mar 2, 2011
Joy Schwab and Mary Morgan

"I went out and bought a paper, and there was a cartoon of a crazy woman - hair flying, arms askew - with the announcement: Mary Morgan takes out petitions for Dayton City Commission."

Mary Morgan was the first woman to run for Dayton City Commission in 1969. She went to the StoryCorps booth with her long-time friend Joy Schwab, a librarian from Beavercreek, to talk about what led her to run for office. Morgan describes herself as an "Appalachian migrant anti-racist feminist."

(Originally broadcast October 20, 2010)

Miami Valley StoryCorps: Ruby Nicholson & Jane Scott

Feb 23, 2011
Ruby Nicholson and Jane Scott

“We’d do spring cleaning, and one of the exciting times in spring was when we took the stove down and took of the long underwear. ”

Ruby Wells Nicholson has led a long and full life. Born in Kentucky in 1910, Ruby survived the Great Flu Epidemic and saw the birth of the automobile. Today, Ruby and her daughter Jane Scott live in Yellow Springs. In the StoryCorps booth Ruby shared memories of rural life: the changing of the seasons, and preparations for spring.