Julie M. Luker
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Frank Flaherty is a white man born on February 28th, 1956. He lived with his parents, three brothers and five sisters in the St. Mark's area, Saint Paul. Flaherty’s dad was a litho plate maker. His mom didn’t have to work. Flaherty is Irish Catholic. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Flaherty talks about what it was like to grow up in a large Irish Catholic family, discussing church and school, family vacations, chores, and mealtimes. Flaherty talks about his father's job and how he was able to provide for a family of nine. He describes the liberal values held by his parents and the welcoming and inclusive attitude they had towards others. Flaherty talks about his neighborhood and recalls some memorable figures from his neighborhood growing up. Flaherty goes on to talk about the values shared in his neighborhood including treating everyone right, not looking down on anybody, and taking responsibility for your actions. Flaherty brings up leisure time with family, particularly sports. He mentions playing baseball, step ball, wiffle ball, football, and basketball, as well as participating in neighborhood games of chase. Flaherty talks about discipline from Catholic school and military school and some figures that left an impact on him. Lastly, Flaherty goes into the global issues of the times: Vietnam War, Kent State, riots, political assassinations, and the hippie generation.
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