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5:27am

Fri February 28, 2014
StoryCorps

A Cowboy Stunt Double Who Made The Stars Look Good

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 1:25 pm

Dean Smith, doubling as Maureen O'Hara, with stuntman Lee McLaughlin on the set of McClintock!
Courtesy of the Smith Family

For 40 years, Dean Smith made his living as a stunt double in Hollywood Westerns — including eight Oscar winners and nominees — like True Grit, The Alamo and How The West Was Won.

"I was able to make all the leading men look good," Dean tells his wife Debby in an interview with StoryCorps. And not just men, he adds.

"One time, I doubled [as] Maureen O'Hara. I got the clothes and I got this big red wig. When I got back on the set, they laughed at me and they said my legs didn't look too much like Maureen's," he laughs.

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12:50am

Fri November 29, 2013
StoryCorps' National Day Of Listening

An Abuse Survivor Finds Family In A Special Teacher

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 1:53 pm

When he was being abused, Rogelio Martinez says his teacher, Lisa Moya King, showed him that he was not alone.
StoryCorps

Friday is the National Day of Listening, a chance to sit down with a loved one, turn on an audio recorder and ask that person about his or her life. You can find tips on how to record your conversation at nationaldayoflistening.org.

When Rogelio Martinez enrolled in Lisa Moya King's dance class in high school, his father had been deported. Rogelio was bouncing around among family members — and he was being abused.

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12:59am

Fri November 22, 2013
The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later

Witnessing History In A Dallas Emergency Room

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 3:29 pm

Glenda Rike's husband was in the room when President Kennedy received his last rites. She recounted his experience to her son, Larry, on a visit to StoryCorps.
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6:21am

Sat November 9, 2013
StoryCorps

Severely Burned Marine Finds Strength In Nascent Marriage

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 9:24 am

Jessica and Anthony Villarreal in December 2011, more than three years after the explosion that severely burned Anthony in Afghanistan.
Courtesy of Jessica Villarreal

In June 2008, Marine Cpl. Anthony Villarreal was driving back from a mission in Afghanistan when his truck was hit by a roadside bomb. He was 22 at the time and recently married to Jessica, who was just 21.

Villarreal suffered third-degree burns over most of his face and body and was very severely disfigured. His right arm and the fingers on his left hand eventually had to be amputated.

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10:13am

Sun October 27, 2013
Ecstatic Voices

Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 3:07 pm

After years of attending church dances, Step Rideau says he was moved to connect with his heritage on a deeper level.
Courtesy of the artist

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