Audio Recording "I wouldn't touch a chicken -- all I sold were the innards and the ends."

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Title
"I wouldn't touch a chicken -- all I sold were the innards and the ends."
Contributor Names
Jones, Howard (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-28
Subject Headings
-  African Americans
-  Food
-  Restaurants
-  Foodways
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work processes
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Interview with Howard Jones, worm farmer.
-  Summary of audio segment: "Had chicken ribs, chicken gizzards, chicken livers, I had everything but the chicken, chicken necks, I used to sell like crazy the chicken necks." Then I started selling fish and one day I saw fish ribs in a market that were going to be thrown away and I took it and the fish heads. Fish ribs sold like hotcakes; heads sold, too. People could buy them for a dollar and have something to eat; get that? Something to Eat. It was a trip. Every time I had something new, I took some to a bar to try it out; that's how I'd put my product out; I had to hustle. "I wouldn't touch a chicken. All I sold were the innards and the ends -- chicken livers, chicken hearts." The gizzards are where I made the money; I did this before the others; the spice is what made it. They still ask me for those gizzards. No one else had a restaurant that sold Chinese fried rice and lasagna in the same place. I used to make Mexican foor too; on Madison between 10th and 9th.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A018
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afcwip.sla01807
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:

Jones, Howard, and Susan Levitas. "I wouldn't touch a chicken -- all I sold were the innards and the ends.". -08-28, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003653/. (Accessed May 28, 2017.)

APA citation style:

Jones, H. & Levitas, S. (1994) "I wouldn't touch a chicken -- all I sold were the innards and the ends.". -08-28. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003653/.

MLA citation style:

Jones, Howard, and Susan Levitas. "I wouldn't touch a chicken -- all I sold were the innards and the ends.". -08-28, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003653/>.