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The following oral history is the result of a recorded interview conducted by a CSUMB student. The audio and draft transcript have not been edited for accuracy. This interview is part of the Oral History Community Memory Archive. The researcher is asked to bear in mind that they are listening to an original recording, and reading a verbatim transcript of the spoken word, rather than written prose.


Smitty is an 81 year old retired teacher. No matter where he traveled or what job opportunity he sought, Smitty remained dedicated to the pursuit of academia almost all his life. As a young boy he was born and raised in Louisiana. Though, Smitty truly feels that he grew up in New Mexico, where he lived as an adolescent up until he left for university. Smitty traveled to many destinations in his lifetime and has had the opportunity to be involved in education, whether teacher or learning at prestigious schools and universities. He taught at a number of schools, such as the University of Puerto Rico and the private Menlo School; traveling the world while exploring multiple languages and cultures. He is a humble, witty yet casual character who is a delight to share a story or two with.

Interview Date



Sweet Jane Hammon


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Oral History and Community Memory Archive


Archives & Special Collections of California State University, Monterey Bay


These oral histories express the personal views, memories, and opinions of the interviewee. They do not represent the policy or views of California State University, Monterey Bay.

Interview with Gaylord



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