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Coral Van Muyden
Baby Boom Generation (1946-1964)
West Saint Paul
Date of Interview
West Side, West Saint Paul, 1959
Oral History | Psychology
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Christine Kaess is a Caucasian female born on October 25, 1959. She is the youngest out of five siblings, with a 12-year difference between her and the oldest child. Her dad was a pipefitter who worked with insulation, and her mother was a stay-at-home mom, who wasn't allowed to work even when money was tight. She grew up Catholic. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Kaess starts by describing the differences between her upbringing as the youngest versus the rest of her siblings. She mentions the impact that her siblings and their significant others had on her life as she was growing up. She discusses the area that she grew up in, touching on how her house looked like and how the neighbors interacted with each other, as well as the safety of that neighborhood. Kaess briefly mentions the values that she grew up with, which weren't profound in her upbringing, but centered around the concepts of kindness and cordiality. Afterwards, she discusses the books that she grew up reading. This topic helps segue into the conversation about schooling, in which she touches on a couple experiences she had at St. Matthews. She ends the interview by describing the local and global issues that were happening during the time, talking about the Vietnam War, assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the death of Bobby (Robert) Kennedy, as well as the campaign of Walter Mondale.
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Luker, Julie M., "Christine Kaess" (2021). Saint Paul and Surrounding Area. 1.