"Well, when I was growing up in Alpena, I loved the lake. Well, actually I was a little afraid of the river--the bridge I was scared to death of because I always thought I was going to be in the middle of it, and it was going to come open. But, I loved living in a little town, and all of our relatives lived here, and we saw our family all the time.
My grandpa had a farm, and I loved going out there. Michigan is just a wonderful, beautiful place. I am now living in a very hot, hot place, and I don't want to leave, but we're leaving today, but oh, it was wonderful. A small town is the best place in the world to live, and Alpena was a great place. I left when I was 11 years old, and went out where it was hot. We enjoyed being here, and it's brought back so many memories, so I loved it, and I love Alpena, love Michigan actually, so . . . "
Part of the "Stories from Main Street" project--an effort to collect stories about small-town life across the United States. The project was the brainchild of the Smithsonian's "Museum on Main Street" program, an initiative that brings traveling exhibitions about subjects of national importance to small towns across America.