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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Betty Nora (5/28/00) 27.24


Betty Nora (5/28/00) 27.24 (1:19:31 / 73.1 MB)
The Overnightscape Underground – April 2010 – Track 24
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Created by Frank Nora ( in New Jersey, USA
Today, April 13, 2010, would have been my grandmother Betty Nora’s 100th birthday. She passed away at age 97 in May 2007. She was a very important person in my life, so to remember her, I am posting this interview I did with her back in 2000 (released here for the first time). By listening to it, you will get to know her a little, too.

Topics: Rileys, Pennsylvania, childhood, family history, scary movies, ghost stories, the kitchen as gathering place, teachers and school, the newspaper from New York, novel time, bullying, a light in the sky, using a cannon to shoot ice in the sky, Sears Roebuck Catalog, coal miners, fossils, sharing candy bars, mining accidents, hear the foxes going by in the snow, food for the winter, brothers and sisters, wars, black lung, honesty, welfare, Civil War, farmers, peddlers, bread, flour, coffee, soup, food, watermelons, chores, pets, hunting, garbage, snow, radio, baseball, cars, bootlegger, Bella, bathrooms, The May Queen (May 17, 1930), The Cranberry King, flies in brandy, Barr, end of World War I, bonfire, tar and feathering, Juniata College, working in the dining room, telephones, The Great Depression, shakedown, Latin, rumble seat, coming to NJ, the mountains, Florida, Metuchen, construction company, World War II, Pearl Harbor, inventing things, the house, Good Housekeeping article in 1952, television, Howdy Doody, talent show, penniless at the shore, trip to Europe in 1954 on the Andrea Doria, boiled potatoes, bread and sugar, rest stop, pets, Mercedes, TV set, Girl Scouts, return to teaching (1955-1970), riots in New Brunswick, staying overnight at the house, and indecision regarding toys.
License for this track: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States ( Attribution: by Frank Nora – more info at

posted by Frank at 12:05 am filed in Apr10,features,FN,Frank  


  1. Wish I had more recordings of people who are no longer with me. Every family should have an archivist.

    Comment by Neal — April 13, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

  2. Fantastic recording, It was like being a kid again and sitting around the table with my Mom and her sisters. she was a coal miners daughter from western PA too. Happy 100th birthday Betty.

    Comment by mannythemailman — April 14, 2010 @ 7:08 am

  3. Very inspirational it really makes you think, my grandmother is 95 , but has lost most of her memories, senility has set in. in a way she is floating in time as when I visit she thinks I am my father and my father is her brother, but she usually gets my brother correct,which is odd, but not in a way, as my brother is very unique in appearance.

    I am considering doing this for my parents as my mother is the last surviving member of her immediate family.

    Anyhow, thanks to you Frank and to your Grandmother as well.

    Comment by Bob LeMent — April 19, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

  4. i7 Betty Nora a names of an actres or sum1 famous?theres sumtin about my name that i didnt knw at all, my parents give me that name.. why?

    Comment by Betty Nora Siswaty Simatupang — March 7, 2011 @ 8:48 am

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