Jim Spradley & Early Business Ventures - 172

November 14, 2017


Jim was born in Dooley County, Georgia in 1923. This is the part 4 of 4. This episode focuses on his early business ventures following WWII and into the 1960's.

In this segment listen for Jim to talk about working while at Princeton and graduating with honors.

He recollects how he took a job after graduating but eventually realized that the only way to make real money was to own his own business.

He then partnered with a friend in the baking business in Atlanta and this eventually lead to being bought out by a large player in the industry - PET.

Jim discusses the ups and downs of staying with PET and his success leads him to purchase Standard Candy in 1980.

As you listen think about what drive and push Jim had to have to build the small fudge bakery into a successful business that attracted the larger company.

Next week I will revisit the whole interview - parts 1-4- and conclude with some thoughts about the use of primary sources in your classrooms.

Many thanks to Mr. Spradley for spending time with me.


Length - 27:47


Reflections on Jim’s Comments about his Military Service in WWII - 171

November 7, 2017


Last week you heard Jim talk about the importance of education in his life. This week Jim talks about his experience in the Navy and his role in World War II.

Remember that Jim is a primary source. He is recalling his experience.

How could you use his thoughts and comments about his service time to draw kids into wanting to more about those times?

Think about the journey that he went on from south Georgia to finally join the war. How could you make this into an activity that would hook the kids and make them want to know more?

There were many words and phrases that you would need to explain like "being drafted" or "shopkeeper" or "mutton" or "PT-Boat".

What about him eventually achieving a degree in economics from Princeton University? 

Think about his comments related to the ending of the war with Germany and its allies and then the surrender of Japan. What did he think?

Hope that this episode gave you great information for creating an awesome classroom experience.

Thanks for listening.

Next week is part 4 of this 4 part series with Mr. Jim Spradley.

Take care.


Length - 12:25


Jim Spradley-Part 3; Military Service & World War II - 170

October 31, 2017


This is part 3 of my interview of Jim Spradley. Today we are talking about his military experience in World War II.

Here are some samples from our discussion:

How Jim ended up in the Navy.

What he was trained to do and where he was eventually dropped in the Pacific theater of the War.

Nobody wanted to volunteer for submarines.

What they ate and why the Army soldiers really liked getting mutton.

What it was like when the announcement came that Germany had surrendered.

His transition from war to college.

The college he attended after the war was Princeton where he eventually completed his degree in Economics.

One of the biggest moments in his service was the day that he heard____________ .

What was expected if the war carried itself to the Japanese mainland.

What happened when Japan surrendered.

This talk is filled with potential for engaging activities. What do you think?

Here are some words/phrases that the kids would need to understand when you discuss Jim's comments: draft, Navy, storekeeper as a military position, PT boats, torpedo boats, mutton, equator, c-rations, and celebration mode.

Also, how about helping the kids look at where he was when he was drafted in Dooly County, Georgia. Think about where his travels took him next: Macon and Rhode Island to California to the Pacific which included New Guinea, the Phillipines, and Japan.

Thanks for listening.



Length - 36:25


Reflections on Jim’s Comments, part 2 - 169

October 24, 2017


This is my reflection on part 2 of my interview with Jim Spradley
If you haven't listened to Part 1, it is episode 166.

His focus during this segment of the interview is the importance of school.

He wanted to go to school. He talks about the desire to hear his teacher read the chapters from Black Beauty.

So the point of my reflection is to help you revisit what Jim said. I especially want to plant seeds for creating engaging activities for the classroom.

Check out my thoughts.

How could you use what Jim talks about to help your kids better understand what was going on in south Georgia in the 1920s and 1930s.

By the way, one of my favorite comments has to do with Jim explaining to his dad that he has a test and must go to school.

Thanks for listening.

Next week will be part 3 of my interview with Jim.

Take care.


Length- 8:46




Jim Spradley - Child of Sharecroppers - Education, part 2 - 168

October 17, 2017


This is part 2 of my interview with Jim Spradley. He was born in 1923 in south Georgia.

He is in his 90's. Today we are talking about education and a desire to go to school.

Jim mentions books that made an impact on him when he was young. He liked the stories of the hero making it to the top by working hard.

He discusses his father allowing him to go to school but that when he got home from school he changed clothes to do his chores.

Jim shares thoughts about teachers celebrating kids who did something great! He comments that many of the older boys talked about getting old enough to quit school not school as a way out.

Enjoy this new segment of my interview of Jim Spradley.

Make sure that you listen past when we say goodbye. We talk a little longer. 

Next week I will have a short episode as I reflect on Jim's comments in part two.


Length- 14:38