For about the past twelve years I have moved a total of five times. And the better part of those moves (four, to be exact), I have moved with me a large cabinet reel to reel and a small portable reel to reel, along with reels of tape. The 7 1/2 inch reels are all music, recordings of Steppenwolf, Beethoven, Hank Williams Jr, and Sonny and Cher.
The smaller 3 3/4 reels, however, are very special. One is an original recording of the entire Jimmy Carter Presidential Inauguration. The others are recordings my stepfather, Edward Kenneth Albrecht, and his mother, Eunice Mozelle Mathews, created of family stories.
While I have yet to listen to all of the tapes entirely, one I wanted to share is a recording of Eunice’s father, George Madison Mathews (1880-1979), recorded on New Year’s Day, 1971. He is kind of hard to understand (he was about ninety years old at the time), but it is interesting to hear him talk about his siblings. He doesn’t name all of them, and one sounds like “”Petey” or “Teeny”, but I can’t quite make it out.