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