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Southern Utah Oral History Recording Events (June 12 - 14, 2017)

Share the story of how you (or your family) were impacted by nuclear weapons testing and your memories about tests conducted at the Nevada Test Site.

Appointments Available, Walk-ins Welcome!

(Interview recordings will run approximately 15 to 20-minutes)  

Oral History Interviews

 

Jim Matheson

Have you or a family member been affected by nuclear fallout from the Nevada Test Site?
Do you have a story you would like to share with others?

 

Record your story with the J. Willard Marriott Library and become part of the Downwinders of Utah Archive

 

 


 A collection of interviews, stories and personal accounts with Downwinder victims, families and advocates.
*These interviews and transcripts have been included with permission by the authors.

 

Mary Dickson
Date: January 11, 2017
Interviewer(s): Tony Sams and Justin Sorensen
Summary: In this interview conducted at the J. Willard Marriott Library, Mary Dickson (a Downwinder and victim advocate) speaks about growing up in Salt Lake City, the impacts nuclear testing has had in her life and her efforts on behalf of Downwinder victims.

Norman Jeffrey Baker
Date: November 2, 2016
Interviewer(s): Tony Sams
Summary: In this interview conducted at the J. Willard Marriott Library, Norman Jeffrey Baker (a second generation Downwinder) speaks about his family connection to nuclear testing while sharing his thoughts and personal stories relayed from his father and grandfather who lived within the immediate "Downwinder" region.

Orrin Tether Colby Jr.
Date: October 3, 2016
Interviewer(s): Robert Nelson and Tony Sams
Summary: In this interview conducted at the J. Willard Marriott Library, Orrin Tether Colby Jr. speaks about the impacts nuclear testing has had on his family and his thoughts regarding the impacts testing has had on human society.

Preston J. Truman
Date: October 3, 2016
Interviewer(s): Tony Sams
Summary: In this interview conducted at the J. Willard Marriott Library, Preston J. Truman speaks about a booklet provided by the Government on his first day of kindergarten in 1953 and his feelings of how individuals downwind of the Nevada Test Side were viewed.

 

Zenna Mae and Eugene Bridges
Date: June 12, 2004
Interviewer(s): Mary Palevsky
Summary: In this interview conducted in Las Vegas, NV, Zenna Mae and Eugene Bridges speak about the passing of a child due to unnatural causes and their anger related to misrepresentation of nuclear testing by the Government.
*Audio interview donated to the Downwinders of Utah Archive by the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.
*Transcribed video created by the J. Willard Marriott Library

 

Claudia Peterson
Date: November 18, 2012
Interviewer(s): Rob DeBirk
Summary: In this interview conducted in St. George, UT, Claudia Peterson speaks about her early memories of nuclear weapons testing while growing up in Cedar City, UT and the passing of her daughter caused by radiation exposure.
*Audio interview donated to the Downwinders of Utah Archive by Rob DeBirk (HEALUtah)
*Transcribed video created by the J. Willard Marriott Library

 

Darlene Larsen and Chuck Hoepfner
Date: March 8, 2013 and November 17, 2012
Interviewer(s): Rob DeBirk
Summary: This is a combined interview conducted in both St. George, UT and Cedar City, UT with Darlene Larsen and Chuck Hoepfner.  Darlene Larsen speaks about early memories of nuclear weapons testing while growing up in St. George, UT and her feelings towards the tests while Chuck Hoepfner speaks about his military service at the Nevada Test Site and the resulting impacts it has had on his health.
*Audio interview donated to the Downwinders of Utah Archive by Rob DeBirk (HEALUtah)
*Transcribed video created by the J. Willard Marriott Library

 

Janet Gordon
Date: March 9, 2012
Interviewer(s): Rob DeBirk
Summary: In this interview conducted in St. George, UT, Janet Gordon speaks about her early memories of nuclear weapons testing, her family raising sheep and cattle along the Utah - Arizona border and the loss of her brother to pancreatic cancer.
*Audio interview donated to the Downwinders of Utah Archive by Rob DeBirk (HealUtah)
*Transcribed video created by the J. Willard Marriott Library

 

Victoria Burgess
Date: November 10, 2012
Interviewer(s): Essay submission by the author
Summary: An essay by Victoria Burgess (a Southern Utah Downwinder) recounting her memories of the nuclear testing and the impacts it has had within her life.
*Essay donated to the Downwinders of Utah Archive by the author

 

 

 

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