Julie M. Luker
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Jeff Sward is a white male born on December 30th, 1956. Sward grew up in Richfield right across from the airport and never moved. He grew up with two siblings, one sister and one brother. Sward was very close to his family. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Sward’s family was considered middle-class. His dad was a plumber and his mom was a teacher’s assistant. Despite not struggling with money, the family was rather frugal. Religion was a big factor in the early days of Sward’s life. Chores were also a big part of his household, with each member having different responsibilities. Sward remembers playing games outside and going to parks and lakes with neighborhood friends. Sward shares how he was brought up to value honesty, and he recalls that other kids were also very honest and connected to their parents in the same way. Sward reflects on his involvement with his school’s excellent baseball program and describes some of his favorite bands and music. Lastly, he talks about some of the local and global issues, such as Woodstock, Polio, and the Vietnam War.
Julie M. Luker
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Steve Adams is a Caucasian male born on May 1, 1950. He is the second oldest of five children. His father worked several jobs, mainly focused on education or insurance fields. They lived around Minneapolis and the surrounding area, including Richfield, Sanborn, Sioux Falls, and Minnetonka. He grew up Methodist. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Adams discussed how he and his family moved around several times due to his father's job changes. He actively touches on the conversation of religion, and the environment of the Richfield neighborhood. Adams talks about how topics such as divorce and the Red Scare were spoken about in their neighborhood and school - as well mentioning how certain drills and skills were learned at school for protection. Adams goes into detail about the different leisure activities he would partake in, placing emphasis on physical and mental activities, as well as music. Conversations about schooling are also mentioned. Lastly, he ends the interview discussing the issues that existed in the community, such as noise due to aircrafts, the Kid Can era, traffic deaths, Cold War, Martin Luther King, as well as other civil movements.
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