Erett Falkie and J. David Dunagan

Recorded September 21, 2019 Archived September 21, 2019 38:00 minutes
Id: atl004169

Description

Erett Falkie (58) speaks with his friend of over 40 years J. David Dunagan (64) about his life growing up gay in Appalachia in the early eighties.

Subject Log / Time Code

1:00 David reads some information about his life working for the forest service in Marion, VA.
3:50 Erett speaks about knowing at 7 or 8 that he wasn't like other people
7:09 David asks Erett what was it like being in the closet in Souther Appalachia
8:10 Erett interviewed for a work study job in the summer of 1981
10:40 Erett shares his thoughts about David after they begin working together
15:01 David speaks about Erett "coming out" to him
16:04 Erett mentions wanting to end his life and that he's been sober for almost 30 years.
19:08 David asks Erett about their trip to Gatlinburg and the job he got at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort
22:05 Erett speaks about his first trip to the beach the Outer Banks in North Carolina
30:05 Erett was outed to his parents by his sister Naomi
36:01 David says that getting Erett out of Marion, Va was the bravest most consequential thing he's ever done

Participants

  • Erett Falkie (b. 1961)
  • J. David Dunagan (b. 1955)

Recording Location

Atlanta History Center

Venue / Recording Kit