North Carolina 4

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 52

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 1947

PLACE OF BIRTH: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

GENDER: male

ETHNICITY: African-American

OCCUPATION: N/A

EDUCATION: N/A

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

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Pat Toole

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 12/08/1999

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF SCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

TRANSCRIBED BY: N/A

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

ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

Uh, I was born and raised here in Winston-Salem. My mother: She worked at Reynolds, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for twenty-five years. Uh, she was born and raised here in Winston-Salem too. Sh-, well, she was born in the Stokes County. Uh, my father, he was originally, he was from Pennsylvania. Uh, when I was growing up me and my brother … she … when she worked at Reynolds, we would meet mother every pay day uptown, get some money from her, go to the movies, uh, go out and eat and just generally mess around. Uh, we used to, uh, like to play cowboys and Indians, me and my brother, he had a bee-, he had a, we both had bee-bee guns we got for Christmas, and we’d go play cowboys and Indians, and we’d shoot at each other with ’em. We wouldn’t shoot to hurt each other. We’d just shoot people, shoot each other in something like the leg or something, and that’s about it.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Emily Ann Beste

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 03/2008

PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH: N/A

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

SCHOLARLY COMMENTARY: N/A

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

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