William Aycock discusses his upbringing in the North Carolina towns of Lucama and Selma, and describes how his father inspired him to pursue a career as a lawyer. Interview on August 23, 2011. (2:07)

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I was born in the little town of Lucama, 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:05.125
which is nine miles south of Wilson. 00:00:05.125 - 00:00:09.137
My daddy was a merchant at that time in his life, 00:00:09.137 - 00:00:14.133
a big merchandising center 00:00:14.133 - 00:00:20.016
for farmers to come in and buy everything from shoes to fertilizer. 00:00:20.016 - 00:00:25.374
So I stayed there until I finished the first grade 00:00:25.374 - 00:00:32.861
and after that we moved a little further south to Selma. 00:00:32.861 - 00:00:40.478
Later on my father became a lawyer 00:00:40.478 - 00:00:46.985
there in Selma 00:00:46.985 - 00:00:51.049
and held court in Smithfield, which is the county seat of Johnston County. 00:00:51.049 - 00:00:56.735
I helped him in his office. I learned how to type 00:00:56.735 - 00:01:05.362
at school - public school. 00:01:05.362 - 00:01:08.890
Then he became a judge for ten years, 00:01:08.890 - 00:01:14.605
what they call recorder's court. I guess now they call it district court judge. 00:01:14.605 - 00:01:20.222
I went to court every time I got a chance. 00:01:20.222 - 00:01:25.757
I'd go with him to court, especially in the summertime, 00:01:25.757 - 00:01:33.326
and I was treated like a member of the bar of Johnston County [Laughs] 00:01:33.326 - 00:01:39.762
and he gave me a seat up where they were. 00:01:39.762 - 00:01:43.901
But anyway, to make a long story short, 00:01:43.901 - 00:01:48.136
I admired him, what he stood for, what he was, 00:01:48.136 - 00:01:54.760
and so I decided I was going to be a lawyer too. 00:01:54.760 - 00:02:00.024

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