Sue Thompson was born in Merriam, Kansas and moved to Kansas City, Kansas after she married her husband, Chuck. They raised two boys together and Sue spent many years volunteering for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library, the Bar Association Auxiliary as well as other Wyandotte County organizations. After the tragic death of her husband, she returned to Johnson County to care for her father.
Pat Gaunce worked for USD 500 and Kansas City, Kansas Public Libraries for more than 40 years. She served as the branch manager of the West Wyandotte and F.L. Schlagle branches and was instrumental in the founding of both. A lifelong Kansas City, Kansas resident, Pat is an active volunteer in the community. She is a cancer survivor and is dedicated to promoting healthcare and wellness in Wyandotte County.
The ladies of the Valley View United Methodist Church Faith Circle are Deanna Klein, Sammie Snell, Louise Evans, Pat Chambliss, Ginny Snider, Lavon Hayman. In this interview six women, ages 70 to 80, share their childhood memories of the telephone, radio, movies and music. Two of the women grew up in Johnson County and the others in the midwest.
Cathy Betz was born in Grundy County, MO and has lived in Liberty, MO for the past 25 years. She has a Master's degree in Library and Information Services and a Specialist degree in Education Administration. She taught 37 years in Kansas City area public schools districts including Kearney, Liberty and Raytown, where she was a teacher, library media specialist, and district library coordinator. Cathy is currently working in a public library setting.
Gail "Randy" Randall Thompson, Jr. was born in Bakersfield, CA. At the age of two, his family moved to Kansas City, MO where his folks bought at house South of Waldo at 97th and Warnall. He attended Boone Elementary School and then Center Junior High School. His family later moved to the Westbook neighborhood of Overland Park, KS where he attended and graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School. This interview covers the schools he attended, neighborhoods he lived in, his memory of the JFK assasination, and his first job.