Daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Cheryl Rogers Barnett talks with her husband Larry about her famous parent's legacy of not only fame but fighting against social norms and loving their family's differences.
Peter: We met at the naval air base and I was working as a quasi-police officer. I had a job of overseeing some of things, taking complaints and whatever.
Toni: Now in Alameda no, at that time, no good girls talked or had relationships with the navy men. They were off limits.
Peter: And her girlfriend's father was an officer in the navy and he was stationed on the base there.
Toni: My friend Janice and I were babysitting and we didn't have anything else to do. We decided to call and then they said "extension?" and we said "3-3-3."
Peter: And my phone number happened to be 3-3-3. So, I answered the phone and talked to them and they were playful... they were having fun and so I said well "jeez" come on out and we'll introduce you to my friend Frank and I'll show you around the base and they said "great!" Well, they had no intentions of meeting us.
This year, the Utah Shakespeare Festival will begin it's 53rd season. At StoryCorps, 82-year old Fred Adams told the Festival's executive director Scott Phillips about founding the Festival shortly after he moved to the small community of Cedar City.
Scott Phillips: Let's tell them a little bit about how this silly festival got started and what prompted us to do a Shakespeare Festival.
Fred Adams: That's really probably one of the best stories of all. I had just come out from New York to this small community, Cedar City, Utah, back in 1959 when I arrived was a bustling community of 18,000 with a small Junior College with a couple of hundred of students is all. I was brought in, actually, to start a theater department on this Junior College. I met my wife there and as my finance, my wife and I decided that we really would like to live in Cedar City, not just spend winters teaching there. Actually, build a home there and raise our children there.
At StoryCorps, Martha Ham spoke with her friend Janine Donald about the creation of SPLORE, a nonprofit organization that provides outdoor adventures to people of all abilities. Janine is the current director of SPLORE, and Martha founded SPLORE as a young woman. When the first river trip took place in 1977, the American Disabilities Act had not yet been passed and the public was not used to interacting with people with disabilities. Martha and Janine discussed the impact SPLORE has had on not only their lives, but the lives of the program's participants.
Former Utah State senator Dixie Leavitt and his wife Anne reminisce about their battles and triumphs in making Cedar City's Branch Agriculture School into today's Southern Utah University. SUU's origins began in 1897 with the formation of the Branch Formal School which later became a branch of Utah State Agricultural College (USU) in 1913. After several transitions the institution was granted university status in 1991 and was named Southern Utah University.
60-year-old Royden Card, artist and poet, explores with his wife Sandee whether he chose art or art chose him. Royden's art has been acquired by many museums including the Smithsonian Institute Library in Washington D.C. His portrayal of Zion National Park can be viewed on the 2011 UPR coffee mug.
Hal Cannon, former state folklorist and founder of The Western Folklife Center, visited the StoryCorps booth with his wife Teresa Jordan. He recalls his experience working with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers to preserve the material culture of Utah's pioneer past. Cannon talks about an unexpected visit from Kate Carter, former director of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
70 year old Utah State University retiree Ned Weinshenker, a member of the USU Handball Club, came to the StoryCorps booth to share his lifelong love for the game of handball, which began when he was growing up in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. Ned has recently taken up indoor 4-wall handball at USU with a group of retirees. He continues to enjoy the social and physical benefits of the game.
Retired Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth talks with Amnesty Kochanowski, National Park Service Safety Manager, about the role that our National Parks parks have played in his life and the life of his family. After 36 years of federal service Jock Whitworth retired January 3, 2014. He plans to pursue his interests in hiking, photography and volunteering for nonprofit organizations.
Historically it is not uncommon for a Southern Utah ranching family to work several parcels of land at different elevations in order to avoid overgrazing the land. 67 year old Susan Savage, a native of Leeds, Utah talks to her friend Martha about working alone during the 90's, at her family's secluded high elevation ranch at the base of the Pine Valley Mountains. These two ranches operate today working in tandem under the stewardship of Susan's nephew and his family.