An Interview of my Grandmother: Life from the 1950s to the 2000s

Recorded May 20, 2019 Archived May 20, 2019 44:27 minutes
Id: APP638994


Makenna Turner interviews her grandmother, Barbara Furlong, about her life from her childhood in the 1950s/60s to her adulthood in the 1970s to 2000s. Barbara recounts her time growing up in Hollywood, California and the influences of the Cold War and era of conformity on her life leading into the era of free love and hippie counterculture in Boulder, Colorado. She reflects on the difficulties of being a single parent during the times before women had equal access to things like credit cards, and how that shaped her views and actions during eras of activism. She details her struggle to support her education and how becoming a nurse influenced her views on the AIDS epidemic. Concluding with how her position as a parent contributed to her worries and fears about events like 9/11 and the Columbine school shooting.

Barbara was able to present her personal truths through her elaboration on the events which influenced her life and perspectives from childhood to adulthood.


  • Makenna Turner
  • Barbara Furlong

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