Baby Boom Generation (1946-1964)
Date of Interview
Macalester-Groveland, Saint Paul, 1957
Oral History | Psychology
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Tom Barrett, Caucasian male born on February 28th, 1957. He is one of 5 children. Two older sisters, one older brother and one younger brother. His father worked and his mother was a stay-at-home mom. They grew up in the Mac-Groveland area. He is Cathotic. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Barrett recounts his upbringing, his paper route, household chores. He expresses that he was amazed how his family was able to get by on a limited income, but he never felt the pinch of a limited income growing up. He felt like he was able to participate in everything. Barrett shares his time as an alter boy. He tells a story of how the school kids figured out a way of signaling to warn others if the priest hearing the confessions was in a good mood or not. As an adult, Barrett tells about how he prayed for his friend with cancer, promising to be a better Catholic. Barrett shares his memories of the neighborhood and playing sports. He goes on to share the values held by the close knit community, where everyone knows each other. He mentions values held by his father and how his father was respected in the community. Barrett recounts the John F Kennedy assassination, and how that affected him in first grade. Lastly, Barrett makes note of things he remembers from his childhood that are not longer around today.
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Luker, Julie M., "Tom Barrett" (2022). Saint Paul and Surrounding Area. 31.