William (Bill) Otte

William (Bill) Otte


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William (Bill) Otte


Julie Luker


Charles Schultz


Baby Boom Generation (1946-1964)



Document Type

Oral History

Date of Interview



Lexington-Hamline, Saint Paul, 1946


Oral History | Psychology


BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: William Otte is a white male born in 1946. He grew up with his father, mother, and younger brother. His father worked at Concordia University. His mother was a stay-at-home mom. Later, she picked up a part time job at a bookstore. He is Lutheran. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Otte discussed his father’s career at Concordia and long hours spent there. Otte described living in faculty housing and close friendships he had with some of the professors’ kids. He fondly recalls dogs he had growing up and the less fondly mentions a cat his family had that he was allergic to. Otte discusses how his parents managed money well and how that has influenced his own spending habits. He describes the importance of religious practices growing up and how his faith is still important to him today. Otte describes more of his neighborhood games and activities that happened in Dunning field. He goes on to talk about the trip they went on and how they discovered they love to camp. Otte recalls his time in school and teachers that had an impact on him. Otte describes some fears at the time around the Cuban Missile Crisis. Lastly, Otte reflects on modern concerns compared to when he grew up: vaccination, racial and economic inequality, and extra responsibilities taken on by teachers.

William (Bill) Otte



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