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Title
"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
1994-09-06
Subject Headings
-  Foodways
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Law enforcement
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  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.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A018
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.tca01802
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Garcia, Felix, and Thomas D Carroll. "The only time we had fruit cocktail, it was once a year at Christmastime.". -09-06, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip002856/. (Accessed August 28, 2016.)

APA citation style:

Garcia, F. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "The only time we had fruit cocktail, it was once a year at Christmastime.". -09-06. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip002856/.

MLA citation style:

Garcia, Felix, and Thomas D Carroll. "The only time we had fruit cocktail, it was once a year at Christmastime.". -09-06, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip002856/>.