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Omaha Folklore Project: Interview with Stanley Dygas

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00:00:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Stanley Dygas...

00:00:45 - Mother and Father's Background

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Partial Transcript: What does your father do?

Segment Synopsis: Stanley Dygas gives some background on his parents; where they came from, where they met, and their work history.

Keywords: Austria; Cater; Cousin; Discrimination; Education; Family; Father; Foundry; German; Hungary; Long Island; Mine; Mother; New York; Polish; Railroad; Steel; West Virginia

Subjects: Parents

00:11:13 - Early School Days

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Partial Transcript: What was your schooling like?

Segment Synopsis: Dygas talks about his early life and early education.

Keywords: Depression; English; Farm; Fight; Learn; Mushrooms; Parochial; Polish; Project; Property

Subjects: School

00:21:20 - Working and Unions

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Partial Transcript: How old were you when you started to make money on a job?

Segment Synopsis: Dygas talks about his first jobs and touches on the subject of unions in a couple of different situations.

Keywords: Castings; College; Construction; Farm; Hospital; Instructor; Iron; Kennedy Valley; Lottery; Mine; Mold; Participate; Reaper; Tractor; Training

Subjects: Foundry; Union

00:30:52 - Stock Market Crash

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Partial Transcript: What do you remember about the Crash?

Segment Synopsis: Dygas talks about the properties his father had and how the stock market crash caused the loss of those and then the move to a run down farm.

Keywords: Acre; Apartment; Borrow; Buildings; Farm; Harness; Horse; Interest; Lot; Morgage; Property; Stock Market; Stock Market Crash

00:37:28 - Farm Life

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Partial Transcript: Did he hold any other job? What did he do during the Depression?

Segment Synopsis: Dygas talks about his life on the farm during the depression.

Keywords: Acres; Chicken; City; College; Egg; Farming; Freedom; Hoover; Roosevelt; Soup Kitchen; Sports; Taxes; Welfare; Wood

Subjects: Depression; Farm

00:43:56 - Protecting Rights with a Punch in the Face

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Partial Transcript: Did you find that the neighbors... was there a kind of sense of bond...

Segment Synopsis: Dygas talks about the attitudes of people around him during the depression and how feisty he used to be when he thought his rights were being threatened.

Keywords: Fight; Foreigner; Punch; Rights

00:46:32 - Friends, Gangs, and Troupes

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Partial Transcript: Did you ever go back to Omara?

Segment Synopsis: Dygas briefly describes going back to New York to reconnect with his friends.

Keywords: CC; City; Dare; Double Dare; Food; Gang; Respect; Troupe; Visit

00:50:25 - Civilian Conservation Corps

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Partial Transcript: You were involved in the CCC, what exactly did that entail...

Segment Synopsis: Dygas talks about the diversity of jobs in the CCC and the difference between he and his brother when it came to work and pay in the C's

Keywords: 1935; Bay; Bed; Chain Man; Cornell University; Game Survey; Labor; Projects; Seasonal; Surveying Crew

Subjects: CCC

00:57:11 - The Family and Politics

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Partial Transcript: How did your parents feel about the New Deal?

Segment Synopsis: Dygas touches on some of the political views of his family.

Keywords: Brother; Father; Hitler; Hoover; Letter; Mother; New Deal; Newspaper; Radio; Roosevelt; Vote; WPA

01:04:37 - War and Government

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Partial Transcript: Did you think you would go into another war, by this time you were in the service?

Segment Synopsis: Dygas gives his thoughts on Hitler and the war and what he thinks of the government's position on being neutral.

Keywords: Britain; China; France; German; Germany; Hitler; Japan; Lindbergh; Military; Nazi; Neutral; Poland; Russia; War

01:08:39 - Amusement

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Partial Transcript: What kinds of things did you do when you were growing up for amusement?

Segment Synopsis: Dygas talks about what he did for fun on the farm and the different ways he could sneak into a movie theater.

Keywords: Bow and Arrow; Games; Movies; Nuts; Programs; Radio; Rifle; Sell; Shoot; Stanley Winslow; Sunday; Target Practice; Tarzan; Telephone; The Shadow; Track

Subjects: Fun

01:16:23 - Hero's and Cars

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Partial Transcript: When you were growing up, what people did you look to, that were kind of heroes...

Segment Synopsis: Dygas talks about the people he admired and the drivers of his family.

Keywords: Charcoal; Drive; Energy; Fuel; Gas; Hank Aaron; Muddy; Oil Companies; Police; Railroad; Road; Sports

Subjects: Babe Ruth; Car

01:25:14 - Crazy about Aviation

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Partial Transcript: What made you decide to go into the service?

Segment Synopsis: Dygas talks about why he joined the Air Corps and why he found that time in his life to be the most influential in his life.

Keywords: Airplane; Aviation; Engine; Fly; Gas; Military; Officer; Pilot; Responsibility; WWII; World War II

Subjects: Air Corps