Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Mary Annette "Ann" Wright
The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Foreign Affairs Oral History Project
MARY ANNETTE “ANN” WRIGHT
Interviewed by: Charles Stuart Kennedy
Initial interview date: May 11, 2003
Copyright 2004 ADST
Q: I'm interviewing Ann Wright. Do you have a middle initial that you use or not?
WRIGHT: Well, my given name is Mary Annette Wright but I've always gone by Ann Wright.
Q: Alright. Ann, let's start kind of at the beginning. When and where were you born?
WRIGHT: I was born in Durant, Oklahoma on July 22, 1946.
Q: Can you tell me something first about your father, the background, going back a distance? His name was?
WRIGHT: His name was John D. Wright. He was born in a little town in Oklahoma also, called Adair, Oklahomup in the northeast corner of the state. In high school my father and his brothers played football. He and his brothers were big and tough. According to an aunt, the other football teams in the area knew not to mess with the Wright brothers. My aunt said that if the brothers didn't get into a fight while at school each day, then they would fight each other on the way home from school. After graduating from high school, he worked in small banks in Oklahoma. He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and served in the Pacific. His best stories were about serving with General MacArthur. He brought back some pig tusks from some where in the Pacific and some U.S. dollars that had “HAWAII” printed on them. He said he won the dollars in a poker game in Hawaii. After the war he sold automobiles with an uncle in Winfield, Kansas. Several years later we moved to Southwest City, Missouri where he headed the bank. In 1954 he was named the President of the Bank of Bentonville, Arkansas. We moved to Arkansas when I was eight.
Q: Do you know anything about the Wright background, where they came from?