This interview with Arthur Hicks was conducted over a decade ago, but it feels more inspiring, relevant, and necessary than ever. Dr. Hicks grew up in the segregated South, served his country as a Tuskegee Airman during World War II, and went on to become an educator and a human rights activist.
Researcher, writer, and historian Myra Huyck Manfrina is a vital force at the Lompoc Historical Society, still sharp and active at the age of ninety-five. We had a delightful conversation about the past and present.
Born in Oklahoma in 1929, long-time Lompoc resident Jessie Fabing Koenig shares her thoughts here on loss and change, the pleasures of gardening, poetry, and tea, and raising ten children on her own.
In this 2003 interview, Ray Valdez talked about the hard life he knew as a migrant worker and the kind of poverty and struggle that might have defeated a lesser spirit. While his grandkids were students at Dunn, he helped out with everything from camping trips to archeological digs, and on Friday afternoons he worked in the garden on campus. He became Grandpa Ray to all of us, and his kindness, resilience, and optimism are inspiring.
The 6th grade students of Vista de las Cruces School visited the Casa at Rancho San Julian in 1997 to interview rancher Dibblee Poett, who was then 90 years old.
An anthropologist with deep roots in the central coast region of California, Larry Spanne probably knows this part of the country as well as anyone. He worked for many years at Vandenberg Air Force Base, where his role was to help protect, interpret, and preserve cultural resources. In this interview he talks of boyhood memories, local history, archaeology, and making peace with the past.