StoryCorps

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.

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1:20am

Fri November 1, 2013
StoryCorps

An Unconventional, But 'Perfect,' Path To Parenthood

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 9:18 am

Robin Share and Rami Aizic hold a photo of their daughter, Bailey, at a visit to StoryCorps in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Since childhood, Rami Aizic knew he "needed and wanted to be a dad." He assumed he would one day meet the girl of his dreams and it would all just happen.

Then he realized he was gay.

Robin Share also wanted kids, but had no partner. So when a mutual friend told Rami about Robin, he called her up and left a message: "Hi, Robin. I'm a friend of Scott's and he said you might be interested in having a baby with me. So give me a call back."

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1:28am

Fri October 25, 2013
10 Years Of StoryCorps

'Never Say Goodbye': A Love And Life Kept Vivid

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 9:08 am

Danny and Annie Perasa on their wedding day on April 22, 1978.
Courtesy of Annie Perasa

When we first met Danny and Annie Perasa in 2004, we heard about how their first date unfolded into an on-the-spot marriage proposal. We got a sense of Danny's big personality and his deep love for his wife. And we heard about his daily love notes to her.

To my princess, the weather out today is extremely rainy, I'll call you at 11:20 in the morning. And I love you, I love you, I love you.

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1:16am

Thu October 24, 2013
10 Years Of StoryCorps

A 'Not Normal' Family That Knows How To Laugh At Itself

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 9:27 am

Rebecca Greenberg made her first visit to StoryCorps with her mother. This time her father, Carl, joined them for some laughter and reminiscing.
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When we first heard from Laura Greenberg and her daughter, Rebecca, in 2011, Laura recounted what it was like to grow up in a family that was, as she explained it, "not normal."

"We're yelling, and we're pinching, and we're hugging, and we're cursing, and we peed with the door open," she said about her childhood in Queens, N.Y., in the 1950s. "I didn't know this was not normal behavior. I didn't know people had secrets; you didn't tell your mother everything."

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1:13am

Wed October 23, 2013
10 Years Of StoryCorps

A Father, A Daughter And Lessons Learned

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:47 am

Wil Smith with his daughter, Olivia, today.
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When we met Wil Smith last year, we learned that he and his daughter, Olivia, had been unlikely college roommates at Maine's Bowdoin College in the late '90s. At 27, not only was he older than the other students, but he was also a single dad raising an infant.

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1:24am

Tue October 22, 2013
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For A Father With Alzheimer's, Life 'Came Down To Love'

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 8:19 am

Priya Morganstern (left) and Bhavani Jaroff visited a StoryCorps booth with their father, Ken Morganstern, in 2006. He passed away a year later.
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Five years after Ken Morganstern was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he sat down with his daughters Priya Morganstern and Bhavani Jaroff to talk about some of the memories he had left.

At 81, he couldn't see and he needed some prompting from time to time, but family stayed strong in his memory.

He remembered that his dad was an easygoing guy, nicknamed "Happy Harry." "I had a lot of his characteristics, I think," he said.

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