Audio Recording Thomas N. Lightsey interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-09-11.

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Title
Thomas N. Lightsey interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-09-11.
Summary
Captain Tom Lightsey talked to Pat Jasper about his long career as a Houston pilot. He discusses his journey from Biloxi, Mississippi to the Northeast, his career in the Merchant Marine, and then as a pilot in Houston, Texas. His career has allowed him to see the world, learn new languages, and ascend the ranks. Talks about "incidents," working during holidays as a pilot, how the pilots' business is a closed shop, and some of the challenges he faced during his career.
Contributor Names
Lightsey, Thomas N., 1923- interviewee.
Jasper, Pat, interviewer.
Quesada, José Angel, recordist.
Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor.
Created / Published
2011-09-11.
Subject Headings
-  Lightsey, Thomas N.,--1923---Interviews
-  Merchant mariners
-  Ship captains--Texas--Houston Ship Channel--Interviews
-  Pilots and pilotage--Texas--Houston Ship Channel--Interviews
-  Pilots and pilotage--Training of
-  Pilots and pilotage--Language
-  Marine accidents--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Marine accidents--Investigation
-  Hours of labor
-  Hazardous occupations
-  Rule of the road at sea
-  Occupations--Texas
-  Houston Ship Channel (Tex.)
-  Houston (Tex.)--event place
Genre
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Recorded at the interviewee's home, Houston, Texas, September 11, 2011.
-  Working the port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006: 00320) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
-  To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.
-  In English.
Medium
1 sound file (WAV) (01:25) : digital, sound.
recording log 1 item (.pdf) : text files.
Source Collection
Working the port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 AFC 2012/006: 00320
Repository
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afc2012006.afc2012006_00320
afc2012006.afc2012006_00320_ms01
Library of Congress Control Number
2016655455
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Captain Tom Lightsey talked to Pat Jasper about his long career as a Houston pilot. He discusses his journey from Biloxi, Mississippi to the Northeast, his career in the Merchant Marine, and then as a pilot in Houston, Texas. His career has allowed him to see the world, learn new languages, and ascend the ranks. Talks about "incidents," working during holidays as a pilot, how the pilots' business is a closed shop, and some of the challenges he faced during his career.
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Working the Port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Western Folklife Center Occupational Folklore Project (AFC 2011/064), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Hairdresser and Beauty Shop Culture in America (AFC 2012/035), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Lightsey, Thomas N., Interviewee, Pat Jasper, José Angel Quesada, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Thomas N. Lightsey interview conducted by Pat Jasper, -09-11. -09-11, 2011. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016655455/.

APA citation style:

Lightsey, T. N., Jasper, P., Quesada, J. A. & Occupational Folklife Project, S. (2011) Thomas N. Lightsey interview conducted by Pat Jasper, -09-11. -09-11. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2016655455/.

MLA citation style:

Lightsey, Thomas N., Interviewee, et al. Thomas N. Lightsey interview conducted by Pat Jasper, -09-11. -09-11, 2011. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2016655455/>.