StoryCorps StoryBooth - Audio


These stories were recorded in the Storybooth at the Museum and aired nationally on NPR. Also check out some of the StoryCorps stories produced by KALW.


Ida Cortez (r) and Kim Wargo (l)
In kindergarten, Ida Cortez’s teachers and parents began to realize that she had a learning problem. She advanced verbally but struggled with reading. At age six, Ida was diagnosed with dyslexia; at ten, she sat down with her mom, Kim Wargo, to talk about it.


George Devincenzi
George DeVincenzi was 24 years old and just out of the service when he became a Corrections Officer at the Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary. Here, George, who spent most of the 1950s on the island, remembers his first day at work.


Gayle Geary (r) and Michael Lavigne (l)
Gayle Geary grew up in Montreal during the 1950s. Her father worked in advertising, and her mother was a housewife. Here, Gayle tells her husband, Michael Lavigne, the moment she began to realize that there was a lot about her family that she didn’t know.


Kerry Davis (l) and Ken Hopper (r)
Ironworkers Kerry Davis and Ken Hopper have been working together for 25 years on the Golden Gate Bridge. Their work takes them up and down the iconic structure. But Kerry and Ken do a lot more than just make repairs. Sometimes their job means rescuing suicide jumpers.


Chris Whitney (r) and Erin Kuka (l) 
Twenty-four years ago, at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in the United States, Chris Whitney was living in San Francisco. Getting tested for the disease was controversial; at that time, nothing could be done medically, and there was a strong stigma associated with being diagnosed HIV positive. Here, he tells his friend Erin Kuka about learning the results of his HIV test.



The San Francisco presentation of StoryCorps is generously supported by the BayTree Fund; Gruber Family Foundation; Adobe Foundation; and Members of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.


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