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Audio Recording Jipp and Rick Ortiz interview conducted by Edward Y. Millar, 2021-07-13 and 2021-07-27

Audio recording of interview with Jipp and Rick Ortiz conducted by Edward Y. Millar: part 1 of 2.
Audio recording of interview with Jipp and Rick Ortiz conducted by Edward Y. Millar: part 1 of 2.

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Audio recording of interview with Jipp and Rick Ortiz conducted by Edward Y. Millar: part 2 of 2.
Audio recording of interview with Jipp and Rick Ortiz conducted by Edward Y. Millar: part 2 of 2.

[ Audio log for interview with Jipp and Rick Ortiz prepared by Edward Y. Millar: part 1 of 2. ]
[ Audio log for interview with Jipp and Rick Ortiz prepared by Edward Y. Millar: part 2 of 2. ]
[ Fieldnotes for interview with Jipp and Rick Ortiz written by Edward Y. Millar: part 1 and part 2. ]
[ Scanned copy of the original ByLaws of the Ransomville Slowpokes and meeting minutes, from a January 8th, 1958 meeting at the Porter Hotel. ]

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[ Scanned copy of the Articles of Agreement between the Ransomville Slowpokes Club and Ransomville Slowpokes Inc. from 1957, when the local racing club became incorporated. ]
[ Scanned copy of notes from a Director's meeting in October, 1958 and of the attached Bylaws. ]
[ Scanned copy of the Ransomville Slowpokes' membership list from 1959: when the Slowpokes were first founded in 1954-5, there were only nine members. ]
[ Scanned copy of the Ransomville Slowpokes' membership list from 1960. ]
[ Scanned copy of the Ransomville Slowpokes' membership list from 1961. ]
[ Scanned copy of handwritten race results from 1956 and 1957, at the original Ransomville Speedway (behind then-Pedro Motors). ]
[ Scanned copy of handwritten race results from 1960, two years after the track relocated in 1958 from behind then-Pedro Motors (now Ed's Garage), to its current location on Braley Road. ]
[ Scanned copy of meeting minutes of the Ransomville Slowpokes from 1955, their first full year as a local racing club. ]
[ Scanned copy of meeting minutes of the Ransomville Slowpokes from 1956. ]
[ Scanned copy of meeting minutes of the Ransomville Slowpokes from 1957. ]
[ Scanned copy of meeting minutes and records of the Ransomville Slowpokes from 1958 and 1959, including a 1958 meeting where potential names for the now-Ransomville Speedway are proposed. ]
[ Scanned copy of meeting minutes of the Ransomville Slowpokes from 1960. ]
[ Scanned copy of meeting minutes of the Ransomville Slowpokes from 1961. ]
[ Scanned copy of meeting minutes of the Ransomville Slowpokes from 1962, the last season Ed Ortiz would race weekly at the Ransomville Speedway. ]
[ Scanned copy of the 1959 Rule Book of the Ransomville Slowpokes. ]
[ Scanned copy of the 1961 Rule Book of the Ransomville Slowpokes. ]
[ Scanned copy of the 1963 Rule Book of the Ransomville Speedway. ]
[ Scanned copy of the 1969 Rule Book of the Ransomville Speedway. ]
[ Scanned copy of the 1962 Ransomville Slowpokes membership card. ]
[ Scanned copy of a General Meeting Handout of the Ransomville Slowpokes in 1962, letting members know of an upcoming meeting at the Porter Hotel. ]
[ Scanned copy of an undated flyer marketing the opening day of the Lancaster Speedway, featuring in the contact information multiple members of the Ransomville Slowpokes and other major racers. ]
[ Scanned, undated copy of a physical newspaper excerpt announcing the formation of the Ransomville Slowpokes: this excerpt likely appeared in a local newspaper, such as the Gazette in Niagara Falls, sometime around 1954 or 1955. ]
[ Scanned, and dated (Oct 22, 1955) copy of a physical newspaper excerpt featuring a photograph from the first Slowpoke banquet. As indicated in the article, pictured from left to right, are: Edward Ortiz, Richard Cantara, Richard Cain, and Don Reese. ]
[ Scanned, undated copy of a physical newspaper announcing the agreement between the Ransomville Racing Affiliates and the Ransomville Slowpokes, with the Slowpokes agreeing to join the NASCAR stock car racing at the Ransomville Speedway. This announcement ]

About this Item

Title

  • Jipp and Rick Ortiz interview conducted by Edward Y. Millar, 2021-07-13 and 2021-07-27

Summary

  • Jipp and Rick Ortiz are two members of the local Ortiz family, a family who have had a historic connection to the Ransomville Speedway since its origin. Jipp's father -- and Rick's brother -- was Ed Ortiz (1931-2020), one of the founding members of the Ransomville Slowpokes local racing club who established the first Ransomville Speedway in a field behind a garage owned by Ed and Rick's father (and Jipp's grandfather), Pedro. In Interview Part 1 of 2, Jipp and Rick reflect on the origins of the Ransomville Slowpokes and the Ransomville Speedway; Rick's memories of the original track and working there as a young kid; Jipp and Rick's stories of Ed Ortiz's racing career and how the relationship changed between him and the Speedway in 1962; and Jipp's reflections on his own racing career and his relationship to the Ransomville Speedway, from working in the pit concessions to becoming a longtime starter. In Interview Part 2 of 2, Jipp and Rick discuss the history of Ed's Garage (then Pedro Motors) and how its connection to the Ransomville Speedway evolved over time; the challenge Ed Ortiz faced in balancing work at the garage and maintaining a race career; their reflections on how Ed's Garage has changed over the years; and the unique, ongoing (almost 75 years) legacy of some form of Christian mission, service, and bible study at the garage: tracing itself back to the founding Pedro Motors by Pedro Ortiz (Jipp's grandfather/Rick's father), a pastor from Puerto Rico.

Names

  • Ortiz, Jipp, interviewee
  • Ortiz, Rick, 1945- interviewee
  • Millar, Edward Y., 1990- interviewer, photographer
  • Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor

Created / Published

  • 2021.

Headings

  • -  Ortiz, Jipp--Interviews
  • -  Ortiz, Rick,--1945---Interviews
  • -  Automobile racing drivers--New York (State)--Interviews
  • -  Dirt track racing--New York (State)--Ransomville
  • -  Racetracks (Automobile racing)--New York (State)--Ransomville
  • -  Family-owned business enterprises
  • -  Blue collar workers
  • -  Work-life balance
  • -  Workmanship
  • -  Career changes
  • -  Job stress
  • -  Families
  • -  Work environment
  • -  Technical education
  • -  Work ethic
  • -  Ransomville (N.Y.)--Social life and customs
  • -  Ransomville (N.Y.)--Religious life and customs

Genre

  • Digital photographs--Color--2020-2030
  • Sound recordings
  • Personal narratives
  • Oral histories
  • Interviews

Notes

  • -  Two part interview: first interview took place on July 13th, 2021 and second interview took place on July 27th, 2021.
  • -  Recorded at Ed's Garage, Ransomville, New York, July 13, 2021 and July 27, 2021.
  • -  Ransomville Speedway: Dirt Track Racing in Western New York: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2020-2021 (AFC 2020/013), 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.

Medium

  • 2 sound recordings (33:37 and 52:25) : digital, wav
  • 27 photographs : digital, jpg
  • 28 manuscripts : digital, pdf

Source Collection

  • Ransomville Speedway: Dirt Track Racing in Western New York: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2020-2021 AFC 2020/013: 017

Repository

  • Library of Congress American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540 to 4610 https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home

Digital Id

  • https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afc2020013.afc2020013_017_sr01
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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021655411

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Community Health Workers in Downstate New York: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2021-2022 (AFC 2021/008), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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

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Dairy Farm Workers in New York's North Country: Archie Green Fellows project, 2012-2013 (AFC 2012/033), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Ethnic Grocers in the Urban Midwest: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2014-2015 (AFC 2013/016), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Fresh Produce Workers in Arizona: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2015-2016 (AFC 2015/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Funeral Services Workers in the Carolinas: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2016-2017 (AFC 2016/037), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Grass-Roots Agriculture in Vermont: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2014-2015 (AFC 2014/022), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

The Green Book--Documenting African American entrepreneurs: Archie Green Fellows project, 2018-2019 (AFC 2018/029), Archie Green Fellows Project 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

Homeless Shelter Workers in the Upper Midwest: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2016-2017 (AFC 2016/034), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Hope for Recovery: Peer Support Workers in Kentucky: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2020-2021 (AFC 2020/010), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Personal Home Health Care Aides in Michigan: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2017-2018 (AFC 2017/018), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Production Potters of the Midwest: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2018-2019 (AFC 2018/030), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Training the Troops: Military Role-Players of Fort Polk, Louisiana: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2017-2018 (AFC 2017/019), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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

Winery Workers in Virginia: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2017-2018 (AFC 2017/017), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Women Architects: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2019-2020 (AFC 2019/031), 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

Working the Waterfront, New Bedford, Massachusetts: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2016-2017 (AFC 2016/036), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Ortiz, Jipp, Interviewee, Rick Ortiz, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project, Millar, Edward Y., Interviewer, photographer. Jipp and Rick Ortiz interview conducted by Edward Y. Millar, -07-13 and -07-27. 2021. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021655411/.

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Ortiz, J., Ortiz, R. & Occupational Folklife Project, S., Millar, E. Y., photographer. (2021) Jipp and Rick Ortiz interview conducted by Edward Y. Millar, -07-13 and -07-27. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021655411/.

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Ortiz, Jipp, Interviewee, Rick Ortiz, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project, photographer by Millar, Edward Y., Interviewer. Jipp and Rick Ortiz interview conducted by Edward Y. Millar, -07-13 and -07-27. 2021. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021655411/>.