Audio Recording "A story from Honduras."

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"A story from Honduras."
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: "Well, I've been to Montreal. I been all over the United States. I been in Panama. I been in Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Venezuela. The places I would of wanted to go to I haven't been to -- Australia and Scotland. Good stories? I've got a story from Panama -- or Honduras, let's go to Honduras. Honduras, these companies are owned by Phelps-Dodge International. And they transfer one of their machines to another and they got the whole southern hemisphere where they work. And they had a tubural strander. And they moved it from one plant, from Mexico to Honduras. And when I got down there it was all together and there was these four guys with a big plank trying to make the tube turn. And I asked them what they were doing. And I had to get the plant engineer because he spoke English. He says, they can't turn the tubes. So I says, let's sit down and go over how they put the machine together. Says, it came in pieces. Was everything clean? Says, yes, we cleaned it and we painted everything. Said, you painted the faces where the tubes go together? Oh yeah. Two or three coats. I say, take the machine apart. Can't be no paint there. In fact, I miked up some of the paint where we took it off and some of it was twenty-five- to thirty-thousandths thick. It made the machine like a snake. We get it all clean and we get it all put back together and these guys say, now let's turn it. And these guys go after this big plank again. And I says, no stop. So I went over there and I grabbed the tube and I turned it by hand. And they just couldn't believe it. But they learned a lesson. Anytime they have a machine comes in they make it spotless and nothing goes on where they meet.
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. "A story from Honduras.". -08-08, 1994. Audio.

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Takach, Richard, and Robert McCarl. "A story from Honduras.". -08-08, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.