Kentucky 9

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 62

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1940

PLACE OF BIRTH: Marion, Kentucky

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: retired high school biology teacher

EDUCATION: master’s degree

AREA(S) OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS:

She has spent her entire life in rural Western Kentucky.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Rena Cook

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/08/2002

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I have been a high school teacher for thirty-four and a half years. I retired in 1996, and then I started doin’ substitute teaching. I like for them to hear what I call “real life stories,” something that they can apply to their life, and perhaps they will recall it several times during their becoming, un, young adults. Yes, one of the samples would be a story about our son Chris, who was in college at Transylvania University in Lexington, and he went in his senior year to apply to start his internship in a bank. And the lady that was in charge of internship told him that there was not any way that he could go to internship in Lexington, that they had stopped doing that with Transylvania University. He listened politely to her, and went back to the dorm, called the bank, and told them that he would like to have an appointment with the Vice President, which was a Mr. Johnson. He put on his white shirt and tie and suit, and went down and met with Mr. Johnson, and within an hour and a half he came back to campus with the papers signed for him to do his internship. He walked into the lady’s office, and said, “I will be starting my internship on Monday.” And she said, “Oh, Chris! How did you manage this!?” And he said, “Well, I’ve always been taught by my parents, if you don’t ask you don’t get. And I went down and met with Mr. Johnson, and I will start my internship!”

TRANSCRIBED BY: Seth Reid and Sandra Lindberg

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/04/2008

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