Baby Boom Generation (1946-1964)
Multiple Saint Paul
Date of Interview
Multiple, Macalester-Groveland, Highland Park, Saint Paul, 1956
Oral History | Psychology
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Bradford Fleming Cochran is a European (German and Swedish descent) male born on April 27, 1956. He is the youngest of five children. His father was a doctor - an ophthalmologist - and his mother's occupation wasn't shared. He grew up Presbyterian. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Cochran starts by describing some of his memories of his family and pets, as well as how household chores were divided up between him and his siblings, mentioning how the chores were divided among their traditional gender jobs. He also describes mealtime, and how that was when the family got together to share food, memories, and intellectual conversations together. He mentions how his family was very well off financially, and how he and his siblings needed to have good reputations, because his father was a well-known doctor, and his mother was politically well connected. He discusses his religious upbringings, recollecting some short memories of that area of his childhood. Cochran goes on to describe the neighborhood he grew up in, putting a lot of emphasis on the abundance of children in the neighborhood, as well as the different outside activities he was able to participate in. He discusses how his method of transportation changed as he was growing up. He mentions the value of behaving well, as well as being respectful of people and their family's practices. He goes on to explain a couple examples of how he spent his leisurely time, such as biking, going on vacation with his family, and watching TV. Afterwards, Cochran touches on his experience with schooling, going into great detail about several memories he had correlating with it. He ends the interview by describing the local issues affecting the neighborhood, such as talking about integration, Vietnam War, generation cap, as well as economic issues.
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