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Hometown, U.S.A.

Posted on Saturday, July 12th, 2008.


After our lovely stint in Saranac Lake, we drove south through the Adirondacks and ended up just outside of the Adirondack Park in Glens Falls, New York, a small, friendly town appropriately nicknamed “Hometown U.S.A.” by Look Magazine in the 1940s. Facilitator Jenna Weiss-Berman bid farewell to Yuki Aizawa and welcomed a new co-facilitator, Hilary Marshall. phpoA2zu8 We met lots of wonderful people in Glens Falls, including Jane Jacobs, above, who proudly displayed her recording for our post-interview photos. Jane talked about her parents, both immigrants from Italy. Her father was passionate about music and built himself a violin out of a cigar box when he was a child. He eventually got a real violin and played music on the Staten Island Ferry to make money. Years later, he started an orchestra at the Struthers Library Theater in Warren, Pennsylvania, where he played music in the orchestra pit during silent films. Jane grew up around her father’s music and began to play music herself, eventually leading to a scholarship at Oberlin College. She graduated in 1943, sixty-two years before Jenna, Jane’s facilitator, graduated from the same college. phpbCJN9T Above, Jane Jacobs leaves the booth with her interview partner and friend Ellen Butz. phpfSiCPc After Jane’s interview, we welcomed Al Posteraro (Right) and his friend Kevin Knapp. Kevin works at the group home where Al lives and brought Al to the booth to talk about his life. Al, who is truly a jack of all trades, has recently picked up a new hobby of writing history books. He also enjoys playing the drums, hanging out with his firefighter friends, and ringing a Salvation Army bell every winter to get donations. Al recently also became CPR and First Aid certified, which he says was the proudest moment of his life.

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