Julie M. Luker
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Renee Ryan is a Caucasian female born on February 15th, 1957. Ryan grew up with her parents and her four siblings. Ryan’s dad worked at the post office. Her mother was a stay-at-home mom until she was 13. Ryan was raised Methodist. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Ryan tells the story of her extended family roots. She shares her little brother’s sledding accident. Then she shares stories of her best friend growing up. Ryan talks about religion and how it is a part of her and who she is today. She talks about attending church, youth groups, and Sunday school. Ryan goes on to talk about her diverse neighborhood and the communal spirit of the neighborhood. Ryan talks about the values instilled to her by her parents, grandparents, other relatives, and neighbors. She talks about where she gets her work ethic from and shares stories of how her parents imparted moral lessons. Ryan talks about the activities she did outside growing up. She talked about how she bonded with her dad over sports. Ryan reflects on her experience with schooling, talking about her love of school and overcoming some teasing and issues she experienced early on. Lastly, Ryan talks about the local and global issues that affected her. She talks about wearing a bracelet with a P.O.W’s name on it until they were released, and the impact that it had on her. She talks about the bomb drills they had and how frightening it was to her. She reflects on how the political assassinations affected her and her interest in politics.
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