In 2005 Prof. John Beck and a team from the Michigan State University School of Labor and Industrial Relations worked with leadership and members of United Auto Workers Local 602, to train UAW members in techniques of oral history interviewing.  They created an astonishing audio record of life related to the Lansing Fisher Body Plant at its closing in 2006. In each interview there are stories that are uniquely individual, which of course means they are universal, such as a "first day at work."  Selected portions of those audio interviews combined with multiple portraits of 42 individuals who told them are on permanent display in the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Michigan, running continuously in a digital sound and multi-image presentation.  Below find a few examples of individual portraits, with selected audio oral history interview segments.  Be sure to click on the "sound bar" below each portrait to hear the stories!

 SHORTY ALEXANDER

SHORTY ALEXANDER

 DIANE ARCHER

DIANE ARCHER

 KEVIN BEARD

KEVIN BEARD

 WALT BENNEFIELD

WALT BENNEFIELD

 MIKE BOKOVOY

MIKE BOKOVOY

 MARILYN COULTER

MARILYN COULTER

 J. D. DEWITT

J. D. DEWITT

 HATTIE GREENE

HATTIE GREENE

 ALEX HERNANDEZ

ALEX HERNANDEZ

 DAVID WAYNE KALLWEIT

DAVID WAYNE KALLWEIT

 SAM McGHEE

SAM McGHEE

 DON PERRY

DON PERRY

 DOUG RADEMACHER

DOUG RADEMACHER

 JOHN ROSENDAHL

JOHN ROSENDAHL

 WENDELL ROCKY WRIGHT

WENDELL ROCKY WRIGHT