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Hawkridge, John (Part 18 of 28). Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy

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  • Subjects

    Cerebral Palsy

  • Recording date

    2005-05-16, 2005-06-09, 2005-06-27, 2005-07-27, 2005-08-30, 2005-09-05, 2005-11-04

  • Interviewees

    Hawkridge, John (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 18 (Tape 10 Side B): John went down the east coast as far as Miami. Rocket launch at Cape Canaveral. From Miami John went round the Gulf of Mexico through New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houston, Texas and down to the Rio Grande. Mexico City. Monterey and Laredo. Arizona, New Mexico, the Grand Canyon, California, Yosemite National Park. Los Angeles and San Francisco. Salt Lake City. Jackson. Virginia. Las Vegas and Vancouver. Niagara. Nose bleeds that could have been caused by altitude. Relationship with a twin of woman married to John’s best friend in 1978, aged 30. Got engaged in October. Sold book collection to buy semi-detached house in Leeds. Honeymoon in America. New York, Williamsburg, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Nashville and Memphis. Graceland, the home of Elvis. Grand Canyon South Rim, Yellow Stone, Zayon and Brice Canyons, Black Hills of Dakota, San Francisco and Disney Land. Vancouver, Lake Louise and the Columbian Ice Fields. Niagara, Montreal and Ottawa. New England, Vermont and Boston. Worries about wife’s drinking after marriage. Central City near Denver and Keystone in the Dakota Hills. Early problems in marriage. Wife angry she wasn’t pregnant. In a fit of anger she pushed John down the stairs.

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    Interviewed for the project 'Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy'; a project conducted by Scope in partnership with the British Library, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Related transcripts

    John Hawkridge interviewed by Richard Smith: full transcript of the interview (PDF)

  • Related links

    'Speaking For Ourselves' project website, including resources, information for schools and news

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