SEGMENT: NON-FARM WORK, CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, & FARMS VS. TOWNS

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SEGMENT: NON-FARM WORK, CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, & FARMS VS. TOWNS,

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REFLECTIONS
He & siblings always wanted to be farmers, be their own boss. Father told him to get a trade too though.
NON-FARM WORK
Joined the plumbing trade, was in the union in Aurora. Brother is a carpenter; they're partners. Talks about the freedom that allows. Tells what other brothers do. Did apprenticeship & then did pipe-fitting in the Navy, came home and got his card. Doesn't regret not going to college. Likes building things and doing things, not sitting behind a desk.
FAMILY
If kids want to go to college, that's fine with him though. Tells sons' ages. Grew up in the 1950s, graduated in 1964.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Family got their first TV in the 1950s, weren't many TVs around. Black & white Emerson. Wasn't a lot to watch on it. Compares it to Australian television. Jack didn't go to libraries if he didn't have to.
CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Talks about sight reading, and today doesn't like reading that much. Especially not the newspaper. Talks about the experiment in teaching reading that his school did. Experiment failed him.
CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES
Hunted when he was younger. They worked but had a lot of free time.
CHILDHOOD WORK
Describes typical day as child. Alternated getting up at 5
FARMS VS. TOWNS
Jack is glad he can raise his kids in the country.
COURTSHIP
Wife is from Australia, met her there during R&R while in the Vietnam War. "Australian people are really friendly." Went out a little. Wrote letters back and forth. Visited him in Warrenville after she'd been in Canada. Dated for 8 months and got married. "Everybody needs somebody."