StoryCorps Northwest

It’s easy to look at a stranger and dismissed them as  ‘that guy in your way,’ or ‘crazy driver.’ But after listening to and editing over two dozen intimate stories from fellow Northwesteners, I have been changed. I see ‘that guy in my way’ as the surviving son of a lonely widow in Spokane who watched his wife die in an iron lung. Or that ‘crazy driver’ as a young man who wasn’t allowed outside until his early twenties. Everyone has a story to tell.  Some of those stories are difficult to hear. Others, like the story of a man reflecting on an idyllic childhood near a yellow cake mill give hope and laughter. These stories enrich our lives and remind us of our humanity. StoryCorps Northwest comes to a close on air, but you can hear all the stories here.

-Sueann Ramella, Northwest Public Radio Morning Edition host/producer

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StoryCorps
12:00 am
Mon October 3, 2011

"Body Counters" and Hanford Schools: Roy Gephart and Sheila Zilar-Gephart

Roy Gephart and Sheila Zilar-Gephart
StoryCorps Northwest

In the mid-1950s and 60s, eight to nine nuclear reactors were in operation in Hanford, Washington. Water used to cool the reactors went into the Columbia River, and carried with it radioactive elements downstream. Scientists monitored radiation levels in school children around the Tri Cities using radiation monitoring counters. Roy Gephart is the author of Hanford: A Conversation about Nuclear Waste and Cleanup. One day while he was researching radiation monitoring counters, his then girlfriend, Sheila Zilar, came to him with valuable information. 

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed September 28, 2011

"Rock solid" after 57 years of marriage: Dorothy and Art Oberto

Dorothy and Art Oberto, with their granddaugher, Cindy
StoryCorps Northwest

After his father's sudden death in 1943, Art Oberto, with the help of his mother, took over snack company O Boy! Oberto. He was just 16. In 1954 he married Dorothy and they started to run the company together, Dorothy minding the books. The couple had four children, and as their family expanded, so did the the company, with many ups and downs. Their marriage had its ups and downs too, as many relationships do, but to their granddaughter, Cindy, they are rock solid. Married for 57 years, they share their relationship advice with Cindy on StoryCorps Northwest.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Son Feels Responsible for Family's Happiness: Anand Hernandez and Sarah Avant

Anand Hernandez, 11, with his mother Saarah Avant
StoryCorps Northwest

For 11 year old Anand Hernandez there's a lot of things to worry about; gym class, scary 8th graders and making your family happy. In today's StoryCorps we listen in on a conversation between Anand and his mother, Sarah Avant, about potentially expanding the family.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed September 14, 2011

The Most Important Lesson as CEO: Jack Creighton and Jimmy Collins

Jack Creighton and Jimmy Collins
StoryCorps Northwest

It's 1900 a German immigrant, along with 15 partners bought 900,000 acres of timberland in Washington state. The company was Weyerhaeuser. Decades later, under president and CEO Jack Creighton, Weyerhaeuser found itself facing environmentalists, who wanted logging to stop, in order to protect the spotted owl. For StoryCorps Northwest, Jack Creighton shares a lesson learned from that experience with Jimmy Collins.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Tue September 6, 2011

The Tragic Birth Story of Pat Cabbage

Pat Cabbage, with his wife Beverly, and their daughter Katie
StoryCorps Northwest

Imagine never knowing your mother, but having a sense that your birth caused her death. Your father holds you responsible, and he himself, overwhelmed with grief, attempts to end his own life. In the midst of this despair, a stranger is awoken by God and gets in his car to save your father. That's Pat Cabbage's story. Here he shares the story of his birth, with his wife Beverly, and their daughter Katie, for StoryCorps Tri Cities.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed August 31, 2011

When Richland Was a Government Town: Steve Buckingham

Steve Buckingham, with his daughter Theresa Bergsman
StoryCorps Northwest

The city of Richland was once a very small agricultural community. Then during the Second World War, the US army turned it into a bedroom community for workers on the Manhattan Project in neighboring Hanford. Richland became a closed city. Only residents had access, along with those who got Army clearance. Retired chemist Steve Buckingham, telling his daughter Theresa Bergsman about life in Richland in 1947.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Celeste and Ed Allen: A Love Story

Celeste and Ed Allen
StoryCorps Northwest

Imagine meeting the love of your life and spending a whole blissful summer together traveling the east coast. Then, you're off to different colleges and one day, you get news that the love of your life has died. That's what happened to Celeste Allen, but as it turns out, Ed Allen wasn't dead. He was very much alive. From StoryCorps Tri Cities, a love story with a happy ending.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Remembering Town Rivalries: Sue Frost and Matt Watkins

In the 1950s Pasco, Kennewick and Richland were rival towns. It would take a couple of decades before the residence would accept a common moniker, the Tri Cities. The mayor of Pasco, Matt Watkins brought his mother, Sue Frost, to the mobile recording booth in the Tri Cities to share how their family's laundry business and hydroplane races brought the towns closer together.

StoryCorps
12:00 am
Wed August 10, 2011

How the Tri Cities Got Its Name: Ken Robertson and Jack Briggs

Jack Briggs and Ken Robertson
StoryCorps Northwest

Jack Briggs and Ken Robertson share the story of how the Tri Cities got its name. They were the first inteview in the Tri Cities at the StoryCorps mobile recording booth.

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