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Interview with María Mercedes Baralt Soltero

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Me: Ok, let’s start, Grandma, what’s your name? Maria Mercedes: My name is Maria Mercedes Baralt Soltero Me: So you are my grandmother, the mother of my father. Maria Mercedes: Exactly Me: So where were you born? Maria Mercedes: In San Juan, Puerto Rico. Me: Were you born in a house or a hospital Maria Mercedes: It was in Santurce, where there is now a Banco Popular Building.  Right there was the Puerto Rico Sanatorium. Me: That no longer exists, right? Maria Mercedes: That is correct, it no longer does. It was a hospital dedicated almost completely to maternity. And I was born so,so ugly! Me: Why? Maria Mercedes: Because my mother, like I do, and later my daughter have what is called ‘Utero Vago’ which doesn’t allow the body to have regular contractions to...

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Clara Cruet Burgos

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JUAN CRUET- The objective of this interview was to know more about the early life of my father. He told me that he was very active in politics when he was younger and, because of that he was pursued by the police, which provoked a lot of troubles in his life. Although I knew that, I was very curious about the details. Why exactly did he do to be pursued? How did he find out he was being pursued? I knew they made a kind of folder about his life because I read them when I was little, but I never asked him about it. How did they find all that information? I also was curious to know what the government does with all those cases; I knew he wasn’t the only one. During the interview my father told me that he was pursued just because of his politics ideals,...

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Esmarline J. De León Peralta

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FELICITA- I interviewed my neighbor, Ms. Felicia Bilbraut. She told me about her experience as a factory worker and as an employee of the government. Felícita worked in a lingerie factory as being in charge of the floor, and as the contact person to distribute and monitor the work of other employees. Also, she worked during 12 years in the Department of Education. There, Felícita obtained a very enriching experience because it was her first time working in a government agency. She described herself as a responsible and committed person. She got a permanent job in it because of that. She told me that she is a very friendly person. Finally, the lady who had been married for 56 years, ended the interview by expressing happiness with her family, marriage and...

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Joselin Gaud

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MARILUZ TAVAREZ- I chose to interview my aunt Mariluz Tavarez. Technically, she’s my cousin because she’s the daughter of my mother’s sister. Out of respect I have always addressed her as my aunt. I knew little details about when she was growing up, why she moved to the states and why she came back. I was completely amazed by all the little details I had no knowledge of. I asked her about Puerto Rico when she was growing up, about her cherished memories from both, Puerto Rico in her youth and her years in New York, the difficulties she encountered and so many other things regarding her and her family. Another thing that meant a lot was the fact that she shared a bit of her emotions regarding her deceased husband. Although some things have changed from one...

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Julian Colley

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A MAYAGUEZ FROM THE PAST-  I decided to interview my grandfather, Jaime Colley. I have always admired my grandfather because he was able to raise a strong family of three professional sons, even though he comes from a family of limited resources. Throughout his life, he studied biology at CAAM (Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecánicas). After he graduated, he applied to the School of Medicine, and he was accepted. This is where he met my grandmother. When he graduated from med school, he married my grandmother, yet he felt the urgency to serve in the war. He joined the air force to participate in the Korean War as a Flight Sergeant. He served for four years, attaining the title of Captain. He then became a veteran and decided to self instruct himself in his...

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