Episode 17 – Emma Lommasson

Missoula, MT
Age 105

“I wish people were happier.”

It is an amazing feeling to sit across from someone who has lived more than a century.  Emma has seen — and remembers — World War One, The Great Depression, World War Two, and much more.  At the end of her interview I asked if she wanted people to know anything specific, given that she had a mic on her lapel to record it.  She started by saying she wished people were happier.

Episode 16 – Ann Atkin

Kansas City, MO
83 Years Old

Meet Ann, a big band singer from Kansas City, MO, who grew up during the Great Depression.  She is a gifted story teller, and describes the things that she saw while a child.  The dust bowl, poverty, and her dad having to work extraordinary hours to make ends meet.

Episode 15 – Gerrie Powell

Detroit, MI
85 Years Old

Have you ever wondered why older women had blue hair?  What happened to the monster hair driers used in the 1950’s salons?  Did you know that salons used to use formaldehyde on their tools?

Gerrie and I sat down for our official interview at the beginning of the National Tour in 2015.  Several months later, she called me to say that she had thought of more she wanted to tell me about the shift in chemicals and gender usage of salons over her career as a hair dresser.  Our conversation touches on state inspections, uniforms, color and chemical development, and more.  If you’ve ever wondered how the cosmetic industry has changed, this conversation is for you.

Episode 14 – Edwin Gould

Los Angeles, CA
81 Years Old

Edwin was one of my favorite surprises on this journey.  He was introduced to me via an email from his niece that found the project on Kickstarter.  She said I had to interview him because he engineered the first spy satellites the US Government ever built.  WOAH!

“I worked on the very first spy satellite this country ever built called ‘Corona’.  You can Google that if you want – you’ll learn all about area … photography.  You think it’s tricky to take a picture of something accurately that’s a hundred yards or more away?  The satellite’s at a hundred miles.  To take a picture of something a hundred miles away and figure out what you’re going to see and make a good photo … and clouds kind of get in the way, too.  Clouds are very uninteresting to look at.  And so there was a lot to be done about whether you turn the camera on, how do you build this thing, how do you fly it.  [It was] 13 fair years before we had success. ”  — Edwin Gould

Episode 13 – Ray Green

Detroit, MI

86 years old

Ray Green lives in the suburbs of Detroit, and is a serial entrepreneur (like me!).  He used a lot of technology in his offices, but still fears it.  Hear Ray discuss growing up in the Bronx during the Great Depression and his fear of Facebook.