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Audio Recording "Whatever it is, it has to stay clean."

"Whatever it is, it has to stay clean."

About this Item


  • "Whatever it is, it has to stay clean."


  • Venezia, Ralph (Narrator)
  • Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-08-11


  • -  Interviews
  • -  Italian Americans
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Work ethic
  • -  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
  • -  Stores & shops
  • -  Sanremo Italian Imports (Paterson, N.J.)
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with Ralph Venezia, owner of Sanremo Italian Import Company.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: RV remembers seeing beautiful homes when he was a kid, and everyone else used to try to copy that. Everything in its clean and proper place. Even if old, it looks neat and smells good. And RV tries to do that in the shop, keep it neat and clean. He keeps his car motor clean, too, because he feels it breathes better. And if you have to service it, touch the motor with your hands, it's nice and clean, the job is cleaner. And everything is related, your person, keeping yourself neat and clean, everything is related. And to be able not to look like a fool, etc.


  • Digital Audio Tape

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A009

Source Collection

  • Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

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

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Chicago citation style:

Venezia, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "Whatever it is, it has to stay clean.". -08-11, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Venezia, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "Whatever it is, it has to stay clean.". -08-11. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Venezia, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "Whatever it is, it has to stay clean.". -08-11, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.