Audio Recording Doug Mims interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-09-13.

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[ Photograph of Captain Doug Mims in the wheelhouse on the M/V SAM HOUSTON, 2012-09-11 ]

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Title
Doug Mims interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-09-13.
Summary
Doug Mims was born in 1960, in Vicenza, Italy. He travelled extensively in Europe while his father served in the military. After the Vietnam War, his family moved to Hitchcock, Texas, where he attended school. The interviewee describes how growing up near the water influenced his decision to work in the maritime industry, and, ultimately, at the Port of Houston. He became a pilot and then captain of the M/V Sam Houston. Several facets of the Sam Houston boat tour are described including the types of participants, the sites it tours, and how the channel has changed over time.
Contributor Names
Mims, Doug, 1960- interviewee.
Potoczniak, Anthony, interviewer recordist.
Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor.
Created / Published
2012-09-13.
Subject Headings
-  Mims, Doug,--1960---Interviews
-  Ship captains--Texas--Houston Ship Channel--Interviews
-  Sightseeing business--Texas--Houston Ship Channel
-  Pilots and pilotage--Training of
-  Ships--Maintenance and repair
-  Occupational training
-  Occupations--Texas
-  Houston Ship Channel (Tex.)
-  Houston (Tex.)--event place
Genre
Digital photographs--Color--2010-2020
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Recorded at the Offices of the M/V Sam Houston dock, Houston, Texas, September 13, 2012.
-  Interviewer's note: The interviewer had the opportunity to take a tour on the M/V Sam Houston several days before the interview on September 11, 2012. On that particular day, the ship channel was very busy, and required the tour boat to make adjustments around the day-to-day operations docks at that time. These changes are underscored by the captain's remarks about how the tour may reflect the activities of the channel (see remarks at 15:45). There was one moment when the captain parked the Sam Houston near an available dock to let a large cargo ship pass. The interviewee expressed his pride in the department's staff and its service to the community in showing the typical work day in the port.
-  Working the port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006: 00333) 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) (01:44 hours) : digital, sound.
1 photograph : digital, JPEG file, color .
recording log 1 item (.pdf) : text files.
Source Collection
Working the port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 AFC 2012/006: 00333
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_00333
afc2012006.afc2012006_00333_ms01
afc2012006.afc2012006_00333_ph01
Library of Congress Control Number
2016655460
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Doug Mims was born in 1960, in Vicenza, Italy. He travelled extensively in Europe while his father served in the military. After the Vietnam War, his family moved to Hitchcock, Texas, where he attended school. The interviewee describes how growing up near the water influenced his decision to work in the maritime industry, and, ultimately, at the Port of Houston. He became a pilot and then captain of the M/V Sam Houston. Several facets of the Sam Houston boat tour are described including the types of participants, the sites it tours, and how the channel has changed over time.
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Credit line

Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Western Folklife Center Occupational Folklore Project: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/064), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

The "Big Top" Show Goes On: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/003), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Working the Port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/034), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Hairdresser and Beauty Shop Culture in America: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/035), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

 

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Mims, Doug, Interviewee, Anthony Potoczniak, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Doug Mims interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -09-13. -09-13, 2012. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016655460/.

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Mims, D., Potoczniak, A. & Occupational Folklife Project, S. (2012) Doug Mims interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -09-13. -09-13. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2016655460/.

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Mims, Doug, Interviewee, Anthony Potoczniak, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Doug Mims interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, -09-13. -09-13, 2012. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2016655460/>.