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Robert Stover grew up in the 1930s. His father was a traveling salesman, so his family moved often.
Here, Robert tells his daughter, Valerie Anderson, how he grew up without a hometown.
NPR Morning Edition 9/2/11
Robert Stover (RS): My father was a salesman with the Hoover Vacuum Cleaner Company. He could move into a city and sell out its potential fairly rapidly. So you know, I lived all over.
Valerie Anderson (VA): Was it easy for you to make friends when you went to different schools?
RS: Uh, it wasn't a hell of a lot of fun. Because when I would get to a new town, everybody had to see who could whip the new boy. I was willing to stipulate that they all could—including the females. But, uh, it had to be proven. If you're born puny but born bright, teachers tend to like you and they call on you a lot. And, I was so stupid as to volunteer the answer when one of the other kids couldn't.
Buffalo Kowalski, he didn't care for that. And he was very sturdy. Very big for that age. That's how he got the name Buffalo; he was built like a damn buffalo. He used to beat me up going to school, at recess,...
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Intro and OutroINTRO:
Time now for StoryCorps -- people across the nation are sitting down to interview each other for this project.
Valerie Anderson spoke with her father, Robert Stover.
Robert grew up in the late 1930s…
And as he remembers… he never really had a hometown…OUTRO:
Robert Stover, with his daughter, Valerie Anderson in Howard, Pennsylvania.
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