Joe Smith and Zazil-xa [no name given]

Recorded March 12, 2020 Archived March 19, 2020 36:26 minutes
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Joe Smith (77) speaks with new friend Zazil-xa [no name given] (25) about dropping out of high school, hitchhiking and train-hopping, enlisting in the US Navy, and meeting his wife on a blind date.

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JS recalls being a high school dropout and hitchhiking and train-hopping, before being caught by police. JS recalls volunteering for the Navy to relieve his single mother.
JS speaks about going to the Great Lakes for Navy training, and speaks about lessons learned from this Chief Petty Officer.
JS remembers his first duty station at an Air Force base in New Jersey, and becoming a typist, before going into the wage dispersing office.
JS recalls his time on ships, making clerical errors, dealing with storms, and life on board. JS remembers studying for his college boards while on ship during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
JS shares travel stories from Europe, and speaks further about the Cuban Missile Crisis. JS speaks about going on a blind date with his future wife.
JS remembers leaving the Navy before turning 21, being discharged, attending college, getting married, and starting a different career. JS reflects with gratitude on his life and talks about his dogs.


  • Joe Smith (b. 1942)
  • Zazil-xa [no name given]

Recording Location

Milton Hall

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