Harold Cotton speaks about his life as a shoe-shine man, hat-blocker, and owner of Bob’s Hat Shop in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Recorded in Greensboro, NC. Premiered August 18, 1996, on Weekend Edition Sunday.

This documentary comes from Sound Portraits Productions, a mission-driven independent production company that was created by Dave Isay in 1994. Sound Portraits was the predecessor to StoryCorps and was dedicated to telling stories that brought neglected American voices to a national audience.