Flight Paths Project

1967 Snowstorm

“No, a captain stays with the ship.” Edited by Nick Ladeau. Transcript for 1967 Snowstorm We got trapped in the 1967 snowstorm in school. And since we had a bunch of guys, we got all the ladies out at noon. And Dr. Gilbert was the superintendent. And he said, “The kids can go home. The […]

To Germany and Back

“It really makes you a woman and makes you responsible.” Edited by Nick Ladeau. Transcript for To Germany and Back I graduated from Froebel High School, and my intention was not to go anyplace. I wanted to go to school. And I wanted to be a teacher. And my husband then because we were, after […]

Divorce Themselves from Gary

“We had this huge exodus and the population went from majority white to majority black.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Divorce Themselves from Gary Edited by Rebecca Warner. Transcript for Divorce Themselves from Gary Well when I first started out, I was covering mostly high school stuff for the Post-Tribune. There were some great […]

Starting to Change

“As I got older…my freedom to be outside was definitely different.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Starting To Change Edited by Olivia Brown Transcript for Started to Change I live in Northwest Indiana for about eight months now. I just moved there last year. I lived in Dolton before. Dolton is, it’s more of […]

The Region Is a Puzzle

“That’s a really big catalyst for the competition that we see in the region – because everybody’s so close together, they don’t want to be associated with the other one.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · The Region Is A Puzzle Edited by Chris Gere Transcript for The Region Is a Puzzle Growing up in […]

Where Is Everybody Running Away To?

“The potential in Gary was and still is tremendous.” Edited by Welcome Project Intern Ella Speckhard Transcript for Where Is Everyone Running Away To? Everything was changing so fast. It was changing too fast. Everybody can adjust to change, but it just seemed like it happened overnight. But the physical town changed. And then, when […]

I Wanted More for My Kid

“As a parent, sometimes you just overthink things.” Edited by Welcome Project Intern Ella Speckhard Transcript for I Wanted More for My Kid The reason why I originally moved to Schererville is because, one reason was that, you know, I wanted the better schools for my son. Just when you start thinking about, you know, […]

Eliminated by Technology

“It was really a grim reaper for jobs…sweeping away thousands at one time.” Edited by Welcome Project Intern Ella Speckhard Transcript for Eliminated by Technology First time I went in the steel mill was 1969. I came home from college to work in Christmas break. I worked at Republic Steel where my dad was. It […]