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.
Havens, George (interviewee)
Schnoke, Molly (interviewer)
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"George Havens interview, 27 October 2016" (2016). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 913061.