Interviewees share stories of their upbringing, their families, and their hometowns.
Early Leadership Influences
Jay Dawkins recalls his childhood in Fayetteville and the leadership influences of his father and grandfather.
First Generation College Student
Ed Stack discusses growing up in Rowan County, his family, and being encouraged by his parents to become the first college graduate in his family.
From UNC to NC State
Banks Talley talks about becoming assistant dean of students at NC State. He had been a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but he was encouraged to apply for the NC State job by Bill Friday.
Future Farmers of America
Governor James Baxter Hunt, Jr. describes his experiences in high school as a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and how the skills he acquired in FFA assisted him when he ran for student government at NC State.
Raj Mirchandani discusses his hometown of Gastonia, NC, where he's spent nearly all his life, both before and after college.
Growing up in Burlington, NC
Gus Gusler describes what it was like to attend high school in Burlington, NC during the time of segregation.
Growing up in Henderson, NC
Dr. Thomas Stafford describes what it was like to grow up in Henderson, NC and recalls what it was like to live in a segregated society.
Growing Up in Huntersville, NC
William Jackson discusses growing up during the 1950s in this North Carolina town.
Growing up in Rich Square
Toni Thorpe, the program coordinator of programs at the NCSU African American Cultural Center, describes that it was like growing up in Rich Square, North Carolina.
Growing up in Winston-Salem, NC
Terry Carroll describes growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Will Quick and Tony Caravano describe their hometowns and how they ended up at NC State as out-of-state undergraduate students.
James Hunt, Sr.'s Memories of NC State
Governor James Baxter Hunt, Jr. discusses his father's time as a student at NC State during the Great Depression.
Lucama and Selma
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.
The Influence of Governor Kerr Scott
Governor James Baxter Hunt, Jr. reflects on how his early impressions of Governor Kerr Scott taught him how understanding and utilizing the political system can improve citizens' lives.
Transferring to NC State
William Friday describes his transition from Wake Forest College to NC State College and the difficulties associated with attending college during the Great Depression.