Interview with James Gamble, 1981 April 24 [audio](part 2)

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  • Final thoughts and non-interview conversation; picking blackberries and bee stings
    Keywords: AARP (Organization); Bee stings; Blackberries; DuPont Hall of Records; Mosquitoes; Social security
    Transcript: Tremaine: [This is a...Read it and then. .. I think I'll put the date in here too. That's a release form that goes in the Library. To use the tape. I go through and I put down that at such and such a number you were talking] about explosions. If they're studying explosions, they take the explosions from everyone I've talked to and the other one have talked to and compare. See what each one has said...

    Mary Evelyn Gamble: His father would visit on Sunday and talk and talk about all the things that went on. I listened, but it didn't mean to much to me.

    Gamble: All right. I get nervous toward the last. Everyone says I'm an awful writer. I am. They still cash the checks.

    Tremaine: That's the main thing.

    Mary Evelyn Gamble: You can put an X you know. [laughter]

    Gamble: I thought maybe you'd say, "Well, I'll see if I can get you a raise on...DuPonts."

    Tremaine: That's what you thought. I wish I could do that. That would be very nice.

    Gamble: I was trying to figure out the one in the paper last night. About social security.

    Tremaine: Oh, they're going to raise it the first of July. [Talk about social security. Difficulty of living on fixed income].

    Tremaine: I sent my husband to the grocery store not too long ago. He was amazed at the prices. He hadn't been for a while. [Talk about current high prices. Talk about high price of dresses and skirts by Mrs. Gamble].

    Mary Evelyn Gamble: Did you go to any particular shop when you were at Harbor House, or Harbor Place, I mean?

    Tremaine: No. We walked around. We didn't have too much time. We had been to Evergreen House, which is owned by Johns Hopkins. It was the home that started the B& amp; O Railroad.

    Mary Evelyn Gamble: I see. Uh huh.

    Tremaine: If you have a chance, it's very interesting to visit. Then we went to the top of the Trade Center. [More talk about tourist sites in Baltimore and packing noises].

    Gamble: Did you ever interview the Haleys?

    Tremaine: I haven't so far.

    Gamble: They're from up there. [?] I'll tell you, one time when I was a kid, I went out with my aunt down to pick blackberries there where Hall of Records are. Well, that building wasn't that long then. We went blackberry picking. The blackberries were down there. And first thing you know, he stepped into a next of bees. [laughs] He got stung. He run all the way up to grandmoms. They did something for it, put stuff on it. Then, when we lived on 17th, Barlows lived on 18th. You take him down there, and he stayed with my aunt. He'd sit out there by the tree and his foot was swelling up. He'd say, "What did it sting me with?" I'd say, "It was the [king bee that stung you?]" But he couldn't get over that. King bee. He went back to New York and told them he got stung by the king bee.

    Mary Evelyn Gamble: I thought maybe he'd say a snake come up at him, cause that's usually...

    Tremaine: But he was a city boy...

    Gamble: Yeah. Born and raised in New York.

    Mary Evelyn Gamble: But I don't want any part of bees or wasps.

    Gamble: And I've seen them around.

    [Voice describes trip to an Wonderland amusement park near Lancaster where she was stung by a bee. She also discusses mosquito bites. She and Tremaine discuss insect bite remedies. Some discussion of restaurants. Mr. Gamble does not participate. Discussion of AARP discounts. Trips for retired people. Mrs. Tremaine's never been to Europe. She's been to South America. Voice has been to Europe and South America.]

    Tremaine: I certainly do thank you.

    Mary Evelyn Gamble: Well you're welcome. I hope he's given you something.

    Tremaine: He certainly has. Oh it's a beautiful day.