"I'd like to be remembered as the cowboy that could ride, run, and jump with anybody in the world."

Dean Smith, who spent 40 years as a stunt double for Hollywood Westerns, talks with his wife, Debby, and son, Finis.
Recorded in Breckenridge, Texas
Dean Smith, who spent 40 years as a stunt double for Hollywood Westerns, talks with his wife, Debby, and son, Finis.
Recorded in
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
Wisdom
Work

"You showed me that I'm not alone."

Rogelio Martinez talks to his former dance teacher, Lisa Moya King, about how she helped him through abuse at home.
Recorded in Dallas, Texas
Rogelio Martinez talks to his former dance teacher, Lisa Moya King, about how she helped him through abuse at home.
Recorded in
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

Themes
Friendship
Historias
Struggle
Teachers

"The Secret Service told him not to leave."

Glenda Rike tells her son, Larry, how his father, Aubrey Rike, came to be one of the few present when President John F. Kennedy received his last rites on November 22, 1963.
Recorded in Dallas, Texas
Glenda Rike tells her son, Larry, how his father, Aubrey Rike, came to be one of the few present when ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

Themes
Witness
Work

"I didn't even recognize myself."

Retired Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal talks with his wife, Jessica, about being severely injured during an IED attack while deployed to Afghanistan in 2008.
Recorded in Lubbock, Texas
Retired Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal talks with his wife, Jessica, about being severely injured during an IED attack while deployed ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Themes
Historias
Military
Struggle
Work

"My brothers were like my soul mates..."

Monica Velez talks to her fiancé , Christopher Hernandez about her two brothers, Army Corporal José "Freddy" Velez and Army Specialist Andrew Velez.
Recorded in Austin, Texas
Monica Velez talks to her fiancé , Christopher Hernandez about her two brothers, Army Corporal José "Freddy" Velez and Army Specialist ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Matt Herman

In Partnership with
The Homecoming Project

Themes
Growing Up
Military
Struggle

"He was trying extremely hard to get back on track."

Judy and Randy Pilgrim remember their son and Iraq war veteran, Army Specialist Lance Pilgrim.
Recorded in Daingerfield, Texas
Judy and Randy Pilgrim remember their son and Iraq war veteran, Army Specialist Lance Pilgrim.
Recorded in
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Jackie Sojico

Themes
Military
Struggle
Work

"They asked me to blow 'Taps' for all who died in the war."

Harrison Wright tells his grandson, Sean Guess, about serving in the Army at the end of World War II.
Recorded in Austin, Texas
Harrison Wright tells his grandson, Sean Guess, about serving in the Army at the end of World War II.
Recorded in
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Simone Wilson-Millaud

Themes
Military
Witness
Work

"When he was growing up, he was living in South Texas..."

Ricardo Isais Zavala remembers his grandfather, Vicente Domingo Villa, in an interview with his son, Ricardo Javier Zavala.
Recorded in Austin, Texas
Ricardo Isais Zavala remembers his grandfather, Vicente Domingo Villa, in an interview with his son, Ricardo Javier Zavala.
Recorded in
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Anaid Reyes

In Partnership with
Southeast Austin Community Branch of the Austin Public Library

Themes
Growing Up
Historias
Identity

"I was looking at everyone else, going, 'Why aren't we like that?'"

Lisa Combest and her ex-husband, James Hanson-Brown, talk about how their marriage ended.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
Lisa Combest and her ex-husband, James Hanson-Brown, talk about how their marriage ended.
Recorded in
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Nina Porzucki

Themes
Friendship
Identity
LGBTQ

"I saw a flash of ankle and I went smack dab into the wall."

Henry Flores and his wife, Gwendolyn Diaz, talk about the first time they met.
Recorded in San Antonio, Texas
Henry Flores and his wife, Gwendolyn Diaz, talk about the first time they met.
Recorded in
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Rose Gorman

Themes
Romance
Work

"What happened on that day is tattooed on your soul."

88-year-old Frank Curre remembers serving on the USS Tennessee during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
Recorded in Texas, Waco
88-year-old Frank Curre remembers serving on the USS Tennessee during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
Recorded in
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Dana Glass

In Partnership with
Waco History Project

Themes
Military
Witness
Work

"My coworker sent you that email by mistake."

Rachel Salazar and her husband, Ruben, remember how their romance started with a typo.
Recorded in Texas, Waco
Rachel Salazar and her husband, Ruben, remember how their romance started with a typo.
Recorded in
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Virginia Lora

In Partnership with
KWBU

Themes
Historias
Romance

"He'd go into the kitchen and get this big, ugly, brown bottle..."

Lee Mottern tells his girlfriend, Linda Eldredge, a story about his Uncle Abe.
Recorded in Texas, Waco
Lee Mottern tells his girlfriend, Linda Eldredge, a story about his Uncle Abe.
Recorded in
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Dana Glass

Themes
Growing Up

"Before they would see a doctor, the families in the community would come to see her."

Graciela Kavulla tells her husband, Timothy, about her grandmother, who was a midwife.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
Graciela Kavulla tells her husband, Timothy, about her grandmother, who was a midwife.
Recorded in
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Alejandro De La Cruz

In Partnership with
KUHF

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Historias

"It's a premature aging disorder..."

Barbara Cooper (L) tells her mother, Jody Houston (R), about living with a form of the rare genetic condition, Progeria.
Recorded in Abilene, Texas
Barbara Cooper (L) tells her mother, Jody Houston (R), about living with a form of the rare genetic condition, Progeria.
Recorded in
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Rachel Falcone

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Struggle
Witness

"We really didn't know what we were doing."

Brooklyn-born Joe Spano tells his son Joe Jr. about opening a small Italian restaurant in Texas.
Recorded in Austin, Texas
Brooklyn-born Joe Spano tells his son Joe Jr. about opening a small Italian restaurant in Texas.
Recorded in
Produced by


Facilitated by


Themes
Growing Up
Work

"He made me his little helper..."

90-year-old James Lacy tells his daughter, Jamie Breed, about his father's general store in Comanche County, Texas.
Recorded in Abilene, Texas
90-year-old James Lacy tells his daughter, Jamie Breed, about his father's general store in Comanche County, Texas.
Recorded in
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Rachel Falcone

Themes
Growing Up
Struggle
Work

"He either wanted to be a marine biologist or he wanted to be ten."

Myra Dean tells her friend Gary Jamison about her son, Rich Stark, who was killed by a reckless driver in 1977.
Recorded in Abilene, Texas
Myra Dean tells her friend Gary Jamison about her son, Rich Stark, who was killed by a reckless driver in 1977.
Recorded in
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Rachel Falcone

Themes
Struggle

"I really miss so much about New Orleans..."

Antoinette Franklin (R) and her niece, Iriel Franklin, talk about relocating to Houston after Hurricane Katrina.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
Antoinette Franklin (R) and her niece, Iriel Franklin, talk about relocating to Houston after Hurricane Katrina.
Recorded in
Produced by


Facilitated by


Themes
Griot
Hurricane Katrina
Witness

"My mother was only prepared for one..."

Roberta Keys Torn, a quadruplet, tells her daughter, Susan Young, about the night she and her sisters were born in 1915.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
Roberta Keys Torn, a quadruplet, tells her daughter, Susan Young, about the night she and her sisters were born in 1915.
Recorded in
Produced by


Facilitated by
Kamilah Duggins

Themes
Growing Up
Identity