Donald Weiss and Ralph Tremonte grew up together, but it wasn’t by choice. As children they were committed to a New York State psychiatric institution.

After their release, they went forty years without seeing each other. Then they were reunited at StoryCorps.

In their conversation, Donald (left) and Ralph (right) remember life in the institution and how the experience affected them.

Originally aired October 21, 2005 on NPR’s Morning Edition.