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Glendale Planning Department Interviews

The City of Glendale Planning Department established their Oral History Program in the early 1990s in an effort to record the recollections of Glendale's citizens. The interviews in this collection, recorded between 1993 and 2000, feature Glendalians from a variety of backgrounds, from "Glendale, born and raised" to recent émigrés from Armenia and Iran.

The result of these many perspectives is a rich telling of Glendale's history: its small-town, agricultural feel in the early 1900s, the growth of its business and entertainment aspects in the middle of the 20th century, and the demographic shift in the 1970s and '80s reflected in the current diversity seen around Glendale today.

The interviews in this collection, which run anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour, were conducted by Jerry Wasser, Shoghig Yepremian, Tom Miller, and Wolfgang Krause, on behalf of the Planning Department, and feature one interviewer and one or two interviewees.

Transcripts (available for each interview by clicking on the link next to the audio link for each interview) were compiled by Planning staff and volunteers and in some cases may contain errors and omissions. Both the transcripts and interviews are provided here in there entirety with no subsequent editing by the Library, Arts & Culture Department.

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Audio File Transcript
Georgia Abelmann Long-time Glendale resident; Retail business owner (Work uniform retail) Jerry Wasser 5-6-98
Ruben Amirian Architect; Design Review Board and Chamber of Commerce member Shoghig K. Yepremian 11-6-96
Marco Giovanni Brambilla Architect, various Glendale board memberships Shoghig K. Yepremian 11-27-96
Dr. Whitcome Brougher, Jr. Pastor, First Baptist Church in Glendale Jerry Wasser 10-19-98  
Dolores Chapman and Michael Drysdale Long-time Glendale residents Jerry Wasser 2-26-99  
Ken Cheesman Long-time Glendale resident Tom Miller 10-19-93
Glen Cornwell Long-time Glendale resident; Retail business (sporting goods & hardware) Tom Miller 1-31-95
Byron Foote Glendale Planning Department, Senior Planner Wolfgang Krause 5-3-95
Esther Garate Long-time Glendale resident; Glendale Unified School District employee Tom Miller 12-14-93
Armond Gorgorian Restaurant owner; Armenian youth organization board member; member on multiple City of Glendale committees Shoghig K. Yepremian 7-10-96
Norris and Margaret Henderson Long-time Glendale residents Mary Ann Prelock 3-6-93
Bob Inslee Long-time Glendale resident; Design Review Board member, Planning Commission chairman Jerry Wasser 3-2-99
Michael Kuretich Long-time Glendale resident; Southern Pacific employee Jerry Wasser 10-11-99
Claude and Fauniel Michael Lon-time Glendale residents; electronics business; Rotary Club member; Tuesday Afternoon Club member Tom Miller 11-10-93  
Jerry Milner Long-time Glendale resident; former Mayor of Glendale Tom Miller 4-26-94
Richard Montgomery Long-time Glendale resident; Construction; Military service (WWII) Tom Miller 9-8-93
Alice Petrossian Long-time Glendale resident; Glendale Unified School District teacher Shoghig K. Yepremian 2-16-96
Vonnie Rossman Long-time Glendale resident; Glendale historic preservation involvement Jerry Wasser 4-23-98  
Vahik Satoorian Glendale resident and business woman Shoghig K. Yepremian 11-20-96
Linda Shahinian Long-time Glendale resident; business woman; service club activities Jerry Wasser 9-23-99
Brian Swanson Long-time Glendale resident; Retail business owner (Sporting goods) Jerry Wasser 10-5-99  
Dale Trowbridge Long-time Glendale resident; Woodcraft Rangers chief Jerry Wasser 9-22-99
Don Tubbs Long-time Glendale resident; Engineer/consultant, weapons systems Jerry Wasser 7-16-99  

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