Audio Recording "I always try to live up to the family tradition."

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"I always try to live up to the family tradition."
Contributor Names
Fulcher, Howard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Drugstores
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work ethic
-  Family-run businesses
-  Pharmacists
-  Neighborhood stores
-  Fulcher's Pharmacy (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Howard Fulcher, owner, Fulcher's Pharmacy.
-  Summary of audio segment: It's a local tradition (family name on drugstore); "I've even have people call me and have bets at home about where and when we started and how many brothers followed in the father's foorsteps; it does mean something to people. "I always try to live up to the family tradition and whatever my father started, I try to continue in the same vein, giving quality service and trying not to refuse any request." I go out of my way to get what the client needs. I think quality is the whole gamut of services, not just a price, not just something quick. Something that's more enduring, I think, has more quality to it. When you can call on a weekend and get a response, when you can know that you can call at any hour and speak to a pharmacist about the prescription that you got a year or two ago and some advice as far as how long they can use it or whether they can still use something they've had in their cabinet or something like that. If you call a neighborhood store, you're more likely to get a friendly response to a question like that.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A015
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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Fulcher, Howard, and Susan Levitas. "I always try to live up to the family tradition.". -08-17, 1994. Audio.

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Fulcher, H. & Levitas, S. (1994) "I always try to live up to the family tradition.". -08-17. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Fulcher, Howard, and Susan Levitas. "I always try to live up to the family tradition.". -08-17, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.