Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Carroll, Thomas D.
Garcia, Felix
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
United States
Language English
Subjects 21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
Law Enforcement
Oral History
Sound Recordings
"The only time we had fruit cocktail, it was once a year at Christmastime."
Contributor Names
Garcia, Felix (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Foodways
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Law enforcement
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Felix Garcia.
-  Summary of audio segment: FG remembers that Christmas was the only time he was able to eat fruit cocktail. His father would come in and say he had a surprise, he had a little can of fruit cocktail, and they'd have to split it among 4 of them. FG wore Converse sneakers that cost $2.98, purchased in a store on Lower Main Street. And the sneakers had to last him a year, maybe more. His father put cardboard in when they wore through. And jeans had to last a long time, were patched, etc. FG got to drive a car when he reached the age of 20, his father gave him an 1954 Ford, an old beat up Ford, and that was important to FG. He had his driver's license, and wanted to hang out with friends, go to church and to CYOs and hang out on Friday nights and have a good time. FG never smoked or drank when he was growing up, though he drinks socially now he never touched it then, never messed with drugs. He's 45 years old now, been on the job 23 years. Can retire in 2 more years. FG is fortunate, has a beautiful family, beautiful wife and home, has a business [his wife, Luz "Mari" Garcia's hair salon on 21st Avenue, where this interview was conducted], still live in the city, and that's about it.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A018
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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