StoryCorps Atlanta http://wabe.org en StoryCorps: Nicholas Church and Reese McCranie http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-nicholas-church-and-reese-mccranie <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When 20-year-old Nicholas Church came to the United States on a summer trip from his home in the UK, he asked the clerk at the bus station in New York to send him somewhere pretty. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He landed in the small town of Cashiers, North Carolina for the summer, where he met Reese </span>McCranie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The two quickly developed feelings for each other, and a romantic relationship ensued. When the summer was over, Nicholas returned to the UK. </span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 55744 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Nicholas Church and Reese McCranie StoryCorps: Angela Ellis and Arletta Brinson http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-angela-ellis-and-arletta-brinson <p>Last month, Mayor Kasim Reed <a href="http://wabe.org/post/city-sell-underground-atlanta">announced</a> that the city is putting Underground Atlanta up for sale, citing that the property is a financial strain. &nbsp;In its heyday in the 1970’s, Underground was a popular tourist destination. Portrait artist Angela Ellis is someone who remembers that time well. She was one of the attraction’s early employees. In the StoryCorps booth, Angela told her friend Arletta Brinson about those days.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 55481 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Angela Ellis and Arletta Brinson StoryCorps: Angela and Ivan DeQuesada http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-angela-and-ivan-dequesada <p></p><p>Angela and Ivan DeQuesada met as graduate students at the University of Florida. The two ended up living next to each other in an apartment complex, and Angela quickly developed a crush her neighbor. In the StoryCorps booth, she recalled how she first tried to get Ivan’s attention.</p><p></p><p>The coupe's daughter Charlotte was born this January. &nbsp;This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta's StoryCorps booth.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 54959 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Angela and Ivan DeQuesada StoryCorps: Brian Chapin & Susan Fassnacht http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-brian-chapin-susan-fassnacht <p>This is a story about chance, and how, sometimes, sheer luck brings us into some of the most powerful moments of our lives.</p><p>The Fassnacht and Chapin families are currently dear friends who celebrate many holidays together. But it was a dramatic event that first introduced Susan Fassnacht to Brian Chapin in 2007.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This story was brought to you in partnership with the Atlanta History Center and the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross.</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Kate Sweeney & Lauren Waits 54687 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Brian Chapin & Susan Fassnacht StoryCorps: Clayton Sherrod and Erin Robbins http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-clayton-sherrod-and-erin-robbins <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Clayton Sherrod was 13 years old when his father had a heart attack. His mother told him that he needed to leave school and find a job to help support the family, so he got a job at the </span>Vestavia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Country Club in Birmingham. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, Clayton told Erin Robbins about how this temporary job turned into a lifelong career.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 54278 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Clayton Sherrod and Erin Robbins StoryCorps: Lanvester Jackson and Arletta Brinson http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-lanvester-jackson-and-arletta-brinson <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lanvester Jackson has always loved music. And while some people pick up the guitar or the drums, he’s always had a passion for another instrument.&nbsp; In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, </span>Lanvester<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told his friend </span>Arletta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Brinson<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about how the organ shaped his childhood.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:55:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 54059 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Lanvester Jackson and Arletta Brinson StoryCorps: Eloise Litz and David Oliver http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-eloise-litz-and-david-oliver <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Eloise </span>Litz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a 93-year-old motivational speaker and retired music teacher. Her love of music has influenced many aspects of her life, including her relationship with her late husband, David. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, her grandson David Oliver asked her about both music and marriage.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center,&nbsp;which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 53684 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Eloise Litz and David Oliver StoryCorps: Fahamu Pecou http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-fahamu-pecou <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fahamu </span>Pecou<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is a visual artist whose work has been featured in a number of exhibitions around the world. He is also a father. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, </span>Fahamu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told his 11 year old daughter, </span>Oji<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Nyasa<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and 5 year old son, </span>Ngozi<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, about the role family plays in his work.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:51:51 +0000 Dylan Fagan 53514 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Fahamu Pecou StoryCorps: Brent, Julie and David Brough http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-brent-julie-and-david-brough <p></p><p>Brent Brough grew up in Salt Lake City. As he was leaving for college, his parents were getting a divorce, and things were uncomfortable at home. He convinced his friends to leave for college a few weeks early.&nbsp; They got by on a diet of cheap hamburgers and slept in a park in the college town of St. George, Utah. &nbsp;In the StoryCorps booth, he told his wife Julie and their son David about this time in his life. David started the conversation. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 53157 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Brent, Julie and David Brough StoryCorps: Betty Castellani & Susan Smith http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-betty-castellani-susan-smith-0 <p>Chaplain Betty Castellani died on January 26 after a long battle with cancer. She served at DeKalb Medical Center’s Cancer Center starting in 1987, and founded its Charles B. Eberhardt Cancer Center in 1989.</p><p>In 2011, she came to StoryCorps Atlanta with Susan Smith. Betty told Smith, an employee and a cancer survivor, the story of her own first cancer patient.</p><p></p><p>The Atlanta History Center hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Kate Sweeney & Dana Goldman 4703 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Betty Castellani & Susan Smith StoryCorps: Deborah Lott-Barnes http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-deborah-lott-barnes <div><p>The Lott family grew up in Mobile, Alabama—but one by one, each of the seven siblings and their parents moved to Atlanta. At StoryCorps, Deborah Lott-Barnes tells her sisters Patricia Zeigler-Jeter and Kaneta Lott-Cuffie about how her life led her here.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Kate Sweeney 52463 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Deborah Lott-Barnes StoryCorps: Sabrina and Cashelle Ross http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-sabrina-and-cashelle-ross <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sabrina Ross was 15 years old when she became pregnant with her daughter, </span>Cashelle<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, she told her daughter, now 28, about her pregnancy. Sabrina started off with the story of how she broke the news to her father. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>That was Sabrina Ross speaking to her daughter, Cashelle. This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 52148 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Sabrina and Cashelle Ross StoryCorps: Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr. and Carolyn Daniel http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-dr-lawrence-edward-carter-sr-and-carolyn-daniel <p></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 15:47:05 +0000 Dylan Fagan 51856 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr. and Carolyn Daniel StoryCorps: Kim and DeJah Ault http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-kim-and-dejah-ault <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the early 1980’s, Kim Ault was a teenager in the South Bronx. It was a period of change in her community, and one of those changes was the emergence of hip-hop. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the StoryCorps booth, Kim told her daughter DeJah about how the genre reflected both the good and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the bad times in her neighborhood.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 51537 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Kim and DeJah Ault StoryCorps: Patricia LaGloria Spence and JeJuan Stewart http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-patricia-lagloria-spence-and-jejuan-stewart <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the time she was in first grade, Patricia </span>LaGloria<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Spence knew she wanted to be a teacher. In 1979, she was assigned to be one of the first African American teachers to integrate the all-white Miami Lakes Elementary school. It wasn’t an easy transition. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, Patricia told her daughter </span>JeJuan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Stewart about her first year.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 51233 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Patricia LaGloria Spence and JeJuan Stewart StoryCorps: Melissa & Myke Johns http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-melissa-myke-johns <p>You may be familiar with the work of radio producer Myke Johns here on WABE.</p><p>However, he and his wife, Melissa, also visited StoryCorps to record a story about their infant son, Alex. During her pregnancy, Melissa was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening illness that causes dangerously high blood pressure.</p><p>A note: The acronym "NICU" refers to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.</p><p>Melissa starts the story.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:52:17 +0000 Kate Sweeney & Dana Goldman 42884 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Melissa & Myke Johns StoryCorps: Julie Lococo and Helen Pharr http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-julie-lococo-and-helen-pharr <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Julie </span>Lococo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Helen </span>Pharr<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are sisters from a family of 12. Growing up, the Hynes family always made meal times a centerpiece of their holiday celebrations.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the two sisters spoke about their traditions and what made this year’s Christmas gathering so special. Julie began their conversation.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 50540 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Julie Lococo and Helen Pharr StoryCorps: Jessica Smith, Dominique Merchant & Sia Foday http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-jessica-smith-dominique-merchant-sia-foday <p></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 50366 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Jessica Smith, Dominique Merchant & Sia Foday StoryCorps: Curtis and Michelle Browder http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-curtis-and-michelle-browder <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Curtis </span>Browder<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and as a child played with one of the girls who was killed in the 1963 </span>16<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Street church bombing. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, Curtis told his daughter Michelle about an early experience that he had as a prison chaplain that tested his faith.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 50034 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Curtis and Michelle Browder StoryCorps: John Hornbeck and Jackie Hornbeck-Wall http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-john-hornbeck-and-jackie-hornbeck-wall <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">John </span>Hornbeck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has 6 grandchildren, and he has written lullabies for each child. </span>Hornbeck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was a high school chorus director for many years, but his interest in singing wasn’t always so serious. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, John told his daughter Jackie the story of how he first joined his high school’s chorus.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 49679 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: John Hornbeck and Jackie Hornbeck-Wall StoryCorps: Nicole Parker & Kiplyn Primus http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-nicole-parker-kiplyn-primus <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A troubled relationship with her mother led Nicole Parker to run away from home to attend college. Although her tuition was paid for by an ROTC scholarship, she knew she could never go back home. In the </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> booth, Nicole told her friend </span>Kiplyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Primus about the challenges</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;that presented once the holidays rolled around.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:02:46 +0000 Dylan Fagan 49429 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Nicole Parker & Kiplyn Primus StoryCorps: Alexandre Proia and Jillian Mitchell http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-alexandre-proia-and-jillian-mitchell <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alexandre </span>Proia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the artistic director of the Georgia Ballet. However, his path to a life in dance was by no means always certain, as </span>Alexandre’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> earliest years were marked by a medical condition that made physical movement difficult. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At </span>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, he told his friend and fellow dancer Jillian Mitchell about his childhood and the events that made dance a possibility.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 48964 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Alexandre Proia and Jillian Mitchell StoryCorps: Joseph & Gabriela Gonzalez http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-joseph-gabriela-gonzalez <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>From a young age, Joseph Gonzalez wanted to be an airplane pilot—but achieving that dream took years of steady effort, working from the ground up. In Atlanta's&nbsp;StoryCorps booth, Joseph and his wife Gabriela shared the story of how Joseph reached his goal—which they considered to be a family achievement. They spoke with their daughter, also named Gabriela. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with Instituto de Mexico, and the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:32:00 +0000 Kate Sweeney 48681 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Joseph & Gabriela Gonzalez StoryCorps: Lonnie Millman and Ruth Anna http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-lonnie-millman-and-ruth-anna <p>Lonnie Millman is the youngest of three siblings, and growing up, she always looked up to her oldest brother, Stan. Lonnie spoke to her niece Ruth Anna three days after his passing about how Stan was a supportive presence in times when she really needed it. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:45:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 48328 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Lonnie Millman and Ruth Anna StoryCorps: Karen Helms Ward and Sarah Ward http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-karen-helms-ward-and-sarah-ward <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Karen Helms Ward was born in the United States shortly after World War II. Growing up, the conflict rarely crossed her mind.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">However, when her husband Charles got a job in The Hague years later, she joined him, and wh</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ile there, she made an unexpected connection.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Karen recently spoke to her daughter Sarah about the experience.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:45:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 47879 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Karen Helms Ward and Sarah Ward StoryCorps: Safiyah Pankey and Kristen Obaranec http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-safiyah-pankey-and-kristen-obaranec <p>Safiyah Pankey is a member involvement coordinator at the Decatur Family YMCA, where she has worked since 1999.</p><p>Before moving to the South, Safiyah lived in Queens, NY, where she found herself on welfare and struggling to provide for her children.</p><p>Safiyah recently spoke with her colleague Kristen Obaranec about some of her earliest memories in New York.</p><p>This story was recorded in partnership with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta and the Atlanta History Center, host of the Atlanta StoryCorps Studio.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:31:01 +0000 Dylan Fagan 47003 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Safiyah Pankey and Kristen Obaranec StoryCorps: Maru Gonzalez & Anneliese Singh http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-maru-gonzalez-anneliese-singh <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span>Maru<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Gonzalez first started her work as a school counselor, she had little experience with the </span>LGBTQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> community. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">However, when she found out how some of the gay-identified students in her school were treated, she felt compelled to do something. </span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 46598 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Maru Gonzalez & Anneliese Singh StoryCorps: James Greason & Ruben Brown http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-james-greason-ruben-brown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">James </span>Greason<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been a dedicated volunteer to the Atlanta Red Cross since 1996. From the Olympics to Hurricane Katrina, the 91-year-old Mr. </span>Greason<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has provided his relief services a countless number of times.&nbsp;</span></p><p>He recently spoke with Red Cross staff member Ruben Brown about an event that he remembers quite well. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Dylan Fagan 46079 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: James Greason & Ruben Brown StoryCorps: James Ruiz & Yusef Aziz http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-james-ruiz-yusef-aziz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>From an early age, James Ruiz enjoyed playing just about any sport that involved a ball. In middle school, he focused his attention on basketball, and now he’s a high school player with big dreams.</p><p>He spoke with his mentor, professional basketball player Yusef&nbsp; Aziz, about what keeps him motivated.</p><p></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Kate Sweeney 45785 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: James Ruiz & Yusef Aziz StoryCorps: Estela Martinez http://wabe.org/post/storycorps-estela-martinez <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Estela Martinez was nine years old when her family came to the United States. Growing up, her family didn’t talk much about their immigration status.</p><p>But then in high school, Estela found herself speaking up more and more—on her own behalf, and also for others. At StoryCorps, Jerry Gonzalez asked her about that time.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Kate Sweeney & Dylan Fagan 45353 at http://wabe.org StoryCorps: Estela Martinez