"I started playing basketball and opportunities just opened up for me."

Jose Rodriguez tells his former coach Charles Zelinsky how he got involved in the Special Olympics.
Recorded in New Jersey, Trenton
Jose Rodriguez tells his former coach Charles Zelinsky how he got involved in the Special Olympics.
Recorded in
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Virginia Lora

In Partnership with
Special Olympics New Jersey

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Historias

"I remember a private swim club..."

Robert Holmes talks about his family being among the first to integrate a neighborhood in Edison, New Jersey.
Recorded in New Jersey, Newark
Robert Holmes talks about his family being among the first to integrate a neighborhood in Edison, New Jersey.
Recorded in
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Nzingha Garner

Themes
Griot
Growing Up
Witness

"He said, 'You make sure you call that teacher.'"

Neurosurgeon Lee Buono and his eighth grade science teacher, Al Siedlecki, remember reconnecting after more than 15 years.
Recorded in Medford, New Jersey
Neurosurgeon Lee Buono and his eighth grade science teacher, Al Siedlecki, remember reconnecting after more than 15 years.
Recorded in
Produced by
Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Daniel Littlewood

Themes
Struggle
Teachers
Work

"There was no doubt in my mind, I was going to work along side of my dad, my granddad, my uncles."

Retired teacher George Lengel remembers growing up in the company town of Roebling, NJ.
Recorded in New Jersey, Trenton
Retired teacher George Lengel remembers growing up in the company town of Roebling, NJ.
Recorded in
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Virginia Lora

In Partnership with
New Jersey State Museum

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Work

"You were going to take me down the rest of the way and not stop."

Coworkers Michael Curci (R) and John Abruzzo (L), who is a quadraplegic, remember evacuating the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Curci was one of 10 coworkers who carried Abruzzo down 69 flights of stairs to safety.
Coworkers Michael Curci (R) and John Abruzzo (L), who is a quadraplegic, remember evacuating the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Lizzie Jacobs

Facilitated by
Sarah Geis

In Partnership with
the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
September 11