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Roger Nadeau (born Lewiston, Maine, 10/10/1941) dropped out of high school in the 10th grade. At the age of 15, he began working full-time at Falcon Shoe, one of Auburn's many shoe shops. Nadeau would go on to serve in the US Army during the Vietnam War. As a result of his army service, Nadeau gained his GED, and on retun to civilian life, he implemented a program at Falcon to help other workers gain their high school equivilency. This interview, with Tina Sirois, conducted December 14, 2012, Nadeau discusses his early life and schooling, his 42 years in the shoe industry, and his experience in Vietnam.

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2012-12-14
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Claire Bouffard Chase, born in Winooski, Vt. and of French-Canadian descent, talks about her family, in particular her grandmother, mother and father, and the World War II experiences of her brother, Clem. She relates stories she heard as a child, talks about being raised to be self-sufficient and discusses her father's life philosophy. Most interesting are her stories about a healing tradition in the family that borders on the mysterious and mystical, where certain family members could take away pain (and Claire's warts) by the power of suggestion, and how this tradition was passed on in a very strict code of secrecy. Kim Chase conducts the interview.

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1996-06-07
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