Abstract

George Havens grew up in East Cleveland. He wrote a book about living in the area so much of this interview focuses on his childhood. The YMCA, Big Band era music, dancing and dating were important to Havens. He grew up during the Depression era and he explains how his family was affected. He highlights how fads that many thought would be around forever always seemed to fade like talkies, streetcars and Big Band dance music. He served in World War II and had his own advertising firm. Later in life, Havens and his wife built a house in Montana, but eventually decided urban living was more their style and returned to Cleveland.

Creator

Havens, George (interviewee)

Creator

Schnoke, Molly (interviewer)

Project

Judson Manor

Date

10-27-2016

Document Type

Oral History

Duration

54 minutes

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

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