Audio Recording "The hardest job I ever had in here."

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"The hardest job I ever had in here."
Contributor Names
Takach, Richard (Narrator)
McCarl, Robert (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work processes
-  Watson Machine International
-  Machinery industry
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Richard Takach at Watson Machine International.
-  Summary of audio segment: The hardest job in here is when Larry is away and Richie has to run the whole show and get his work out. That is a challenge. And handling the people in here when they have their petty problems. And Watson can be a challenge a times. First big challenge while working for Watson: "One of my first big challenges was when they sent me on the road to put a machine in. Okay. So I built the machine here, and I never really knew what these machines really made. I knew we were in the cable industry, but I didn't know how they operated. 'Cause we never ran them here, you know, to make stuff. So, a machine went out and two days later they come down the stairs and says, you're going to Massachusetts, er . . . Connecticut I went to. Yeah, it was Connecticut. Says, what for? Says, put that machine in. Says, what? Says, just like you built it here, you put in up there. I went. I was done in four days. It was to Triangle Wire in Jewett City, Connecticut. It was a cable-making place. They had big machines, mall machines. And we run the machines and the people were happy. And I been doing it ever since."
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-RM-A002
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Takach, Richard, and Robert McCarl. "The hardest job I ever had in here.". -08-08, 1994. Audio.

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