StoryCorps supporters and Alumni Catharine Wall and Mark Smith recently visited the Lower Manhattan StoryBooth to talk about her large New York family, to remember her own childhood growing up in and around New York City and, to honor those who have passed on.
Catharine previously interviewed her aunt Mary Catharine at the Grand Central Terminal StoryBooth, then her uncle Jim at the West MobileBooth in Santa Monica, California. She first listened to her CD as she drove to the airport headed to Mary Catharine’s funeral. Her uncle Jim eulogized her own mother and talked about growing up with his sister in the city. She wanted to bring her uncle Tommy with the strong Queens accent, but did not get the opportunity. This time she came with her husband, Mark. They shared memories of first impressions of the city, her colorful family, and stories from their own twenty-four years of marriage. He asked her what it is about her experience in our booths that compels her, and she simply said, “There’s something nostalgic about it for me…A nostalgia that pre-dates my own experience. It harkens back to some earlier, easier time.”