Illinois 13

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 66

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/11/1946

PLACE OF BIRTH: Granite City, Illinois

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: retired telephone-company employee

EDUCATION: high school

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: N/A

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

Subject was born and raised in Granite City, Illinois, and attended elementary and high school in the neighboring town of Venice, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri.

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RECORDED BY: Daniel Botello (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/04/2013

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DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): N/A

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I’m 66 years old. I was born in Granite City, Illinois, November 25, 1946. As I grew, I went to school in Venice, Illinois. I completed elementary school and high school in Venice. I graduated in 1964. My class size was 29 people in my class. After graduating from high school, I went on to college for one year — Eastern Illinois University — where I majored in botany. But it wasn’t long that I decided that college wasn’t for me. So I came home from school, bounced around a little bit, one job to another, and then I was finally hired with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, in 1965. I started there, and I started dating the lady who’s my wife now; her name is Cindy. We dated for about a year; we were engaged and then we, uh, became married. Now a little bit about myself: Uh, I’ve enjoyed sports, uh, my whole life. Um, I currently, being retired after 46 years with the telephone company, I’m retired and, uh I, I’ve started playing golf with some of my friends that I went all through school with. We play on Mondays; uh, we play at a different course every week, which we find that to be, uh, fun and challenging. I have a very good friend of mine that, uh, that has a home on a lake down in Missouri called Table Rock Lake. We go down there; him and I will go down and we fish. Sometimes we take our wives down, and when we’re down there with our wives and we, we eat and we, uh, we go to some shows down there; it’s a it’s an entertainment-type area called Branson, Missouri. So there’s always plenty to do, and we partake of all of that. Um, I retired in, uh, March of 2012. My wife retired in June, 2012. Since we’ve retired, we have traveled, couple different places; we have taken a trip to California.; we’ve taken a trip to New Orleans, and, in the, uh, near future we’re going to be flying out to California for our niece’s, uh, high school graduation.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Daniel Botello (under supervision of David Nevell)

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 20/04/2013

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