Mississippi 7

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 56

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 11/05/1960

PLACE OF BIRTH: Clarksdale, Mississippi

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: innkeeper and writer

EDUCATION: master’s degree

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

Subject lived in California for 20 years.

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH:

He smoked for seven years.

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RECORDED BY: Mendy McMasters

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/10/2016

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Headed out West, uh, lived a lot of different lives [laughter] and, uh, lived out there a couple of decades — um, very different life; and, uh, swore I’d never come home, but sometime life grinds on you and home’s a damn good option [laughter], and I love being back.

Uh, I’d been teaching school here and, um, just — I’d taught everything. I kind of changed career fields every few years, and, anyway, ed- education was a late-life venture, and I taught everything from elementary through community college and gang-bangers out West, and moved back here teaching elementary school; and after about two years, I was, uh, I was just done. Um, just educational system in maylays and, uh, just not a lot of parental support in the school system — uh, kids four to five reading grades below level and just not a lot of act-right [laughter], and I just couldn’t — I just was done. So I started writing for the local newspaper and managing the Clark House and done it, uh, seven years as of this weekend.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Mendy McMasters

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 06/10/2016

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