On Wednesday, May 14 StoryCorps staff and alumni bid farewell to our flagship StoryBooth in the Biltmore Ballroom in Grand Central Terminal. Founder Dave Isay spoke briefly about the history of the booth and what it has meant to the thousands of people who have shared their stories within its soundproof panels. He then handed the microphone over to VIP alumni Annie Perasa and Louisa Scioscia Stevens. In 2004, Annie recorded a love story so passionate that we dedicated the booth in honor of her and her late husband, Danny Perasa. Louisa Scioscia Stevens believed so strongly in the power of oral history and StoryCorps’ mission that she’s participated in 100 interviews at the Grand Central StoryBooth alone. Guests wrote farewell notes and recorded testimonials in the booth reminding us just how valuable the booth has been to their lives and families. Throughout we were moved to tears as we said, “Goodbye, you’ve served us well old friend.”
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