The steelworkers from Sparrows Point are marvelous tellers of their own stories, even of stories that are more than 50 years old. These transcripts give a sampling of these personalities, and are based on videotaped interviews.

Thanks for this section are due to:

David Forest, of the CCBC Dundalk campus AV department, who converted the videotaped interviews into digital format, so that copies could be sent to the workers who were interviewed.

Dr. Avon Garrett, division dean, and Dr. Timothy Davis, chair of the social science department at CCBC, who miraculously found some money in the budget to pay for the transcribing of the interviews.

Shari Young of Weaverville, NC, the daughter of a steelworker, who made the transcripts and found herself listening as well as transcribing.

Joe Giordano, ace photographer for The Dundalk Eagle, and the son of a steelworker, who is creating a portrait gallery of the retired steelworkers and whose photos accompany the transcripts.

The dozen transcripts are a small part of the taped interviews, and as money is discovered, more transcripts will be posted.

As technology improves, my hope is that the full interviews will be available on streaming video so that everyone can see the character and majesty of these workers. Until that happy day, copies of the interviews can be arranged through the CCBC Dundalk library.

The following transcripts are now available on-line:

  1. Eddie Bartee, Sr.
  2. Lee Douglas, Jr.
  3. Edie Papadakis
  4. LeRoy McClelland, Sr.
  5. Mary Lorenzo
  6. Neal Crowder
  7. Joe Kotelchuck
  8. Joe Ed Lawrence
  9. Ted Priester
  10. Margaret (Mugs) Rytter
  11. Chuck Swearingen
  12. Pete Wolfkill
  13. Steve Yianakis