Where I Come from

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  • Copyright: 2003-09-01
  • Publisher: Texas A & M Univ Pr
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Everybody has a story to tell. In former times families sat together and told of things that happened to them or to their parents or to more distant ancestors. In this way, a family's history and folklore were passed down through the generations. Nowadays, people don't sit together and swap stories. As a result, many Americans born during the past fifty years have almost no knowledge of their own family histories. They have lost their roots. They have little or no idea where they come from. In 1999 Bryan Woolley of The Dallas Morning News set out to record the stories of ordinary people in North Texas, to tell about their lives, especially their past, and how they became who they became. These stories were published in a column entitled "Where I Come From," which ran in the Sunday newspaper from May 1999 to December 2000, to great reader acclaim. Now, for the first time in book form, the best of those stories is gathered herein with photos of each storyteller. Among the people featured--an orphan boy who lived in a movie theater; a refugee who traveled a long r

Author Biography

Bryan Woolley is a native Texan and a senior writer on the staff of The Dallas Morning News. He has won many awards for his journalism and has published four novels and seven works of nonfiction, He lives in Dallas

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(4)
Kenneth Irby, orphan 5(6)
Tony Zoppi, friend of stars 11(6)
Jennifer Nguyen, war exile 17(6)
Lois Adair, saloonkeeper 23(6)
Clebo Rainey, performance poet 29(6)
Jeanette Crumpler, the Tomato Lady 35(6)
Frank Rush, pioneer entertainer 41(6)
Denise Brown, member of the French Resistance 47(10)
Burt Finger, gallery owner 57(6)
Kenneth Adams, shoeshine man 63(4)
James Jennings, back-roads traveler 67(6)
Ed Seay Sr., model builder 73(8)
Oksana Marchenko, new citizen 81
Beatrice Woolley, mother 57(38)
Dale Long, bomb survivor 95(6)
Terry Baker, finder of lost heroes 101(6)
Gwendolyn Leakey, singer and yodeler 107(6)
Frances James, the Cemetery Lady 113(6)
Aki, hair stylist and potter 119(6)
Etta Maberry, doing whatever had to be done 125(6)
Lindon Dodge, paraplegic 131(4)
R.L. Griffin, blues singer 135(6)
Herbert Shore, gerontologist 141(6)
Leo Laufer, Holocaust survivor 147(18)
James Bell, firefighter 165(6)
Ann Cushing Gantz, painter 171(6)
John Hardman, puppeteer 177(8)
Abel Reyna, history teacher 185(6)
Sam Baker, public radio host 191(6)
Big Bill Johnson, the Singing Drywall Man 197(6)
Alfred Martinez, restaurateur 203(6)
Pat Arnold, dog lover 209(6)
Bob Walker, barbecue chef 215(6)
Billy Roy Switzer, one-man band 221(6)
Paul Hastings, singing store greeter 227(6)
Quida Johnson, schoolteacher 233(6)
Bob Colombe, Lakota barber 239(6)
Frank Joseph, rabbi disk jockey 245(6)
Efren Ortega, priest 251(6)
Netha Stanton, actress 257(6)
Fred Bruner, defense attorney 263(6)
Al Cornelius, county judge 269(6)
Artist Thornton, helper of young people 275

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