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

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

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

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


Reflections on Jim’s Comments - 167

Reflections on Jim’s Comments - 167

October 13, 2017


In episode 165 I talked about the upcoming series of shows that would be focused on my interview with Mr. Jim Spradley. In the first segment of the interview (episode 166), Jim shares his thoughts about growing up in rural Dooly County (south Georgia). He was born in 1923. 

Today, I am focused on reflecting on some of what Jim talked about. 

Think about how you could use Jim's comments to help your classes understand what it was like living in south Georgia in the 1920s and 30s.

How could you use his comments to create an engaging activity?

Next week will be part two of Jim's interview.


Length: 7:52


Jim Spradley - Child of Sharecroppers - Rural Georgia - 166

Jim Spradley - Child of Sharecroppers - Rural Georgia - 166

October 10, 2017


 Mr. Jim Spradley was born in 1923. He was the child of sharecroppers in Dooly County, Georgia.

This is the first part of my interview with Jim. At the time of this interview he was 91 years old. (By the way, one of his dogs was sitting with him on the couch, from time to time you can hear the dog at his side.)

This episode is focused on growing up in rural Georgia.

Our talk is an excellent source of information for generating discussions with students about life in rural Georgia on farms.

You will hear Jim- also known as Watson and Bud- recall going to school, buying supplies, working on the farm, and daily life.

Food for thought... How could you use Jim's recollections of his life to create an engaging activity for your classes?

He talks about overalls, sharecropper, mules, cotton, and much more. Could you use these words to help explain life on a farm in rural Georgia?

Listen to his story about not wearing shoes for the class picture. What did the boys try to get away with and why?

At the conclusion of this episode we even talk about needing to see a doctor.

By the way, at the beginning of the episode, you hear Jim mentioning an interaction with a WWI veteran who he ran into just before he shipped out to WWII. He was worried about what was going to happen and whether he would return and the gentleman wanted to tell him stories about WWI. He promised himself that he would never tell boring stories of how he won the war. I think that you will discover that these stories are far from boring.

Thanks for listening.



Length - 27:17

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