WBEZ | All Things Considered http://www.wbez.org/world Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en After two-year absence, father returns to son with an apology http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/after-two-year-absence-father-returns-son-apology-109400 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Frank and Jack.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In 2009, Frank Tempone lost himself for a while.</p><p>At the time, he was living in Massachusetts with his wife and three sons. Miserable at work and uncertain about his marriage, he decided he needed to leave both for a time, and he accepted a job in Chicago.</p><p>His wife and his son Jack dropped him off and returned home without him. Although Frank would make occasional visits to his family, he was mostly separated from them for the next two years.</p><p>Frank visited the Chicago StoryCorps booth with Jack to talk about this difficult time.</p><p><strong>Frank</strong>: Do you remember when I left, do you remember how you felt? We were in the U-Haul truck.</p><p><strong>Jack</strong>: Yes. I remember when we were driving to Chicago, I saw the big buildings, and I said, &ldquo;Is this where you&rsquo;re going to live?&rdquo; And you said, &ldquo;Yes.&rdquo; When we had to leave, I started crying because I didn&rsquo;t want to leave, I didn&rsquo;t want to see you go.</p><p><strong>Frank</strong>: ... Is there anything you want to ask me about that time?</p><p><strong>Jack</strong>: How were you feeling once we left?</p><p><strong>Frank</strong>: I just felt lost. I felt lost for two years. And I knew I was hurting you, but I felt like I had to get myself straightened out first before I could be your dad again.</p><p><em>To hear the rest of Frank and Jack&rsquo;s story, and how Frank found his family again, click on the audio above.</em></p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/after-two-year-absence-father-returns-son-apology-109400 Sisters struggle to reconcile feminist beliefs with Mormon faith http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/sisters-struggle-reconcile-feminist-beliefs-mormon-faith-109355 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS7417_chi000411_g1-scr_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago sisters Shannon and Didi Mehner describe themselves as Mormon feminists.</p><p>In Mormonism, women cannot hold the priesthood or assume certain leadership roles in the church. The Chicago sisters are troubled by this, and say they&rsquo;re fighting to change it ... within their church.</p><p>They visited the Chicago StoryCorps booth to talk about the challenges of reconciling feminism and faith.</p><p><strong>Shannon</strong>: I think I always knew I was feminist. I always kept my feminism kind of separate from my identity as a member of the Mormon church. And so I think when I got married is when it all came crashing together. I obviously love Nick, and I&rsquo;m really glad I got married, but a lot of your identity starts to feel like it sinks into your husband&rsquo;s identity.</p><p>Shannon decided to keep her maiden name, rather than to take her husband&#39;s.</p><p><strong>Didi</strong>: Shannon and I grew up with a dad who kind of always told us we could do whatever we wanted.</p><p><strong>Shannon</strong>: He is also extremely conservative, so when he gets mad about us being feminists, I always tell him that he created us, and made us this way.</p><p><em>To hear how Shannon plans to raise a &ldquo;raging feminist boy,&rdquo; and how she won a victory that both sisters say is a big deal in the Mormon church, click on the audio above.</em></p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/sisters-struggle-reconcile-feminist-beliefs-mormon-faith-109355 Chicagoan shaped and scarred by her childhood as an orphan http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/chicagoan-shaped-and-scarred-her-childhood-orphan-109267 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Gina and Rosa again.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>When Rosa Salinaz was just three years old, her mother died in childbirth. Rosa&rsquo;s father, an immigrant stockyard worker, tried hiring babysitters, but taking care of the children proved too difficult.</p><p>All four siblings went to live in an orphanage where they had little interaction with each other. Rosa visited the Chicago StoryCorps booth where she was interviewed by her daughter, Gina Salinaz-Yacoub, about her experience as an orphan.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Gina</strong>: So what was life like in the orphanage?</p><p><strong>Rosa</strong>: &hellip; The first thing you noticed was the smell. It smelled like disinfectant. You got up around 6:30, and then we had mass around 7:00 &hellip; had&nbsp; breakfast, then you had your chores, then you went to school, had supper at 6:00, had study hour at 7:00, and then we were in bed by 9:00.</p><p><strong>Gina</strong>: So it was pretty regimented?</p><p><strong>Rosa</strong>: Yeah.</p><p>Rosa explained that they were taken care of in the orphanage by Benedictine nuns, some of whom were nice, and some of whom were not.</p><p><strong>Rosa</strong>: ... (crying) There&rsquo;s always one or two that could make it like hell.</p><p>To hear more about Rosa&rsquo;s experience in the orphanage, including her treasured visits with her father, and her thoughts on how the experience shaped her, click on the audio above.</p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival.</em><br />&nbsp;</p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/chicagoan-shaped-and-scarred-her-childhood-orphan-109267 Big sister shares tips on how to survive the loneliness of high school http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/big-sister-shares-tips-how-survive-loneliness-high-school-109219 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Lucy and Jennifer.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>When Lucy Zhuo left for college this fall, her little sister, Jennifer, didn&rsquo;t realize how much she would miss her. The two visited the Chicago StoryCorps&rsquo; booth recently to catch up.</p><p><strong>Jennifer</strong>: Honestly, it&rsquo;s been really lonely, since you&rsquo;re, like, my only sister ...</p><p>Jennifer said having her sister away at college was especially hard now because she&rsquo;s a sophomore this year, and is taking several junior classes. The other students are older than her, so she doesn&rsquo;t know them. She said the tendency of students to gossip limits what she shares with her friends.</p><p><strong>Lucy</strong>:.. I learned going into college how important it is not to get so sucked up into your work especially since your family&rsquo;s not around. You rely on your friends in college. You need to find those friends. You can&rsquo;t isolate yourself.</p><p><em>To hear the rest of Lucy&rsquo;s advice to Jennifer about how to survive (and even enjoy!) high school, click on the audio above.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/big-sister-shares-tips-how-survive-loneliness-high-school-109219 Terminal disease hasn’t stopped Chicago couple from seeing the world http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/terminal-disease-hasn%E2%80%99t-stopped-chicago-couple-seeing-world-108898 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS7393_susan debra-scr.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>When Susan Schwartz married her husband, he came with kids. One of those kids was Debra Schwartz, who was a star-trek watching teenager, and a bit wary of the new woman in the house.</p><p>The two women visited the Chicago StoryCorps booth to talk about the challenges they faced negotiating their relationship in the early days , and more recently, how Susan and her husband aren&rsquo;t letting a terminal disease slow down their lifestyle.</p><p>Susan Schwartz said she knew her husband was &ldquo;it&rdquo; after they danced together.</p><p><strong>Schwartz</strong>: You can find out a lot about a person by the way they dance with you.</p><p>But that first year of marriage wasn&rsquo;t always easy.</p><p><strong>Debra Schwartz</strong>: You didn&rsquo;t have anything to prepare you to suddenly be my stepmother.&hellip; How did you know how to interact?<br /><strong>Susan Schwartz</strong>: Well, I think it&rsquo;s like everything else, you just roll with the punches.<br /><strong>Debra</strong>: Was I mean to you?<br /><strong>Susan</strong>: Oh, sometimes, sure.</p><p>Even though it was difficult, Susan and her husband made it through a first year, and then a second, she said. Now they&rsquo;re approaching 38 years together.</p><p>The couple still loves to travel. But when they were on a trip to Ecuador, they noticed something alarming.</p><p><strong>Susan</strong>: All of a sudden he didn&rsquo;t understand where we were. It was April, and he thought it was November.</p><p>To find out how what happened next, and more about Susan&rsquo;s&nbsp; wish for her husband, click on the audio above.</p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival.</em></p></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/terminal-disease-hasn%E2%80%99t-stopped-chicago-couple-seeing-world-108898 Take this job and shove it http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/take-job-and-shove-it-108780 <p><p>In 1949, when John Giolas was just 19, he started work at the U.S. Steel mill in Gary, Ind.</p><p>For a while, he had a plum job working in the metallurgical lab, testing all the steel. But then U.S. Steel started its downward slide, laying off workers. By the late 1950s, Giolas found himself working a series of increasingly &ldquo;low, demeaning jobs&rdquo; at the mill.</p><p>Giolas visited the StoryCorps booth with his sons Markus and Dale to remember the day he walked off the job and how he made a new life, despite his battles with depression.</p><p><strong>John Giolas</strong>: When you went in the mill, the gates closed. And there was no way you were going to get out until the next shift started, and that&rsquo;s when the gates opened. So I always called it a prison.</p><p>While Giolas was working at the mill, he started taking photographs of the other mill workers and their families.</p><p><strong>John</strong>: These guys would say, &lsquo;You do good work, this is your opportunity to get out of here, it&rsquo;s too late for us.&rsquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Lay-offs had started at the steel mill, and things grew worse:<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/giolas with cam cropped.jpg" style="float: right; height: 215px; width: 250px;" title="" /></p><p><strong>John</strong>: I ended up in a pit of steaming water with coke falling off of a conveyor belt, and it was my job as it landed in the water to scoop it up and put it back on the conveyor belt. And on one midnight turn I just lost it, I blew up. I asked the foreman, I said, &lsquo;Where&rsquo;s the gate? I want to leave, I want to quit,&rsquo; and he said, &lsquo;You can&rsquo;t quit,&rsquo; so I stayed there &lsquo;til morning, daylight -&nbsp; walked out of the mill and never went back.</p><p>To find out how what Giolas did next, click on the audio above.</p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/take-job-and-shove-it-108780 For one Pakistani man, love and sadness in post 9/11 America http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/one-pakistani-man-love-and-sadness-post-911-america-108618 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS7379_usman and malena-scr.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In the year 2000, When Usman Ally left Pakistan to attend college in Portland, Oregon, it was still relatively easy for people coming from there to get a visa.&nbsp;</p><p>But then his life, like so many others, was forever changed by Sept. 11, 2001.&nbsp;</p><p>Ally joined his wife, Malena, at the Chicago StoryCorps booth to talk about identity and love in post-9/11 America.</p><p><strong>Malena</strong>: Talk a little bit about your experiences in Portland, what you were studying.</p><p><strong>Usman</strong>: Portland was fine. It was just very, very homogenous, and that was very difficult for me. Especially once 9/11 happened. I hate to say it, but sometimes I feel like my identity in this country is sort of defined by that event.&nbsp;</p><p>After 9/11, Arab and Muslim men from certain countries were required to go into the immigration office and sign up for &ldquo;Special Registration.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Usman</strong>: They would take all of your information, and then they would just ask these questions about who you are and where you&rsquo;re from and what your parents do. I had nothing to hide, but I just remember being terrified each time.</p><p><strong>Malena</strong>: And then we met in Chicago &hellip; What do you remember about me when we first met?</p><p><strong>Usman</strong>: ... I had a sort of nervous energy and an excitement to see you, and I was trying to figure you out a little bit. Trying to see if we were compatible at all, you know? Because we were from such different worlds.</p><p><strong>Malena</strong> &hellip; Obviously I made a good impression though, because you asked me to marry you.&nbsp;</p><p>After an arduous visa application process, Malena and Usman were married. But their wedding wasn&rsquo;t a completely happy occasion. Click on the audio above to find out why.</p><p><em>Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly described Pakistan as an Arab nation, and has been corrected. </em></p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival</em>.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><hr /><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/one-pakistani-man-love-and-sadness-post-911-america-108618 An Italian family escapes from bombings during WWII by bicycle http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/italian-family-escapes-bombings-during-wwii-bicycle-108498 <p><p>Tea Cejtin was a just a teenager growing up in the city of Turin when Mussolini joined forces with Hitler, and pulled her home country of Italy into World War II.</p><p>At first, the bombings were minor.</p><p>But then the Americans joined the war effort. Cejtin visited the Chicago StoryCorps booth with her daughter, Helen, to tell what happened next.</p><p><strong>Tea:</strong>&nbsp; So came 1942 and the U.S.A. decided to come into (the) war. It was the great difference for us.&nbsp; They were coming to bomb our cities, not one plane or two airplanes, but formations of airplanes.</p><p><strong>Helen:</strong> What were people doing in the shelter?</p><p><strong>Tea</strong>: Oh, everybody was scared. Some people cried, some people screamed, and other people were saying the litany: &lsquo;Ora pro nobis, ora pro nobis&rsquo; (pray for us, pray for us), all the saints they could think of. And some people trembled.</p><p><strong>Helen:</strong> What were you doing?</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Tea circa WWII.jpg" style="float: right; height: 225px; width: 175px;" title="Tea circa WWII (Photo courtesy of her family)" /></div><p><strong>Tea:</strong> Yeah, it seems to me that I was trembling, mainly. Then, at the end of this huge bombing &hellip; it would be around 2, 3 a.m., and the city was light like daytime because there were so many fires.</p><p>At this point, Maria&rsquo;s family decided Turin (Torino in Italian) had become too dangerous, and they had to leave.</p><p><strong>Tea: </strong>We thought that we should go to a little town nearby, about 25 kilometers from Torino, but how do we go? We took bicycles. But my mother didn&rsquo;t know how to go on a bicycle. My father was able to find a tandem.</p><p>To find out what happened next, click on the audio above.</p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival.&nbsp;</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/italian-family-escapes-bombings-during-wwii-bicycle-108498 Romantic comedy Drinking Buddies gets real about craft beer http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-08/romantic-comedy-drinking-buddies-gets-real-about-craft-beer-108497 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/drinking%20buddies.jpg" title="Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson hang out the Chicago way, in Drinking Buddies (photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)" /></div></div><p>In some ways, director Joe Swanberg has stepped up his movie making game with <em><a href="https://www.magpictures.com/drinkingbuddies/#">Drinking Buddies</a></em>, a new romantic comedy about love and beer opening this weekend.</p><p>He cast established stars from American independent film (Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston) and television (Jake Johnson of <em>New Girl</em>). He even got studio money and decent distribution for the flick.</p><p>But in many ways, the film is all about Swanberg staying true to the form he&rsquo;s evolved over more than a dozen feature films.</p><p>Swanberg&rsquo;s way is actually something of a trend this summer: <em>Drinking Buddies</em> is one of a spate of small, character-driven films (<em>Fruitvale Station, The Spectacular Now</em>) stealing at least the critical, if not the commercial, limelight from the usual blockbuster flicks.</p><p>The film&rsquo;s an ode to Chicago&rsquo;s craft beer scene, wrapped up in a couple of interconnecting love stories. Two friends (Wilde, Johnson) make and drink beer together. Each is in a relationship, one new, one long-standing. Much of the film is a meditation on the nature of love and friendship, why we like some people and love others, and what happens when we start to confuse one state of attraction for the other.</p><p>Lovers and friends do tangle, but dramatic scenes are mostly absent. Instead, relationships are revealed over small mundane acts: eating lunch together at work, sharing a picnic at the beach, packing a suitcase for a trip, and just generally hanging out.</p><p>It is the quality and the intensity of those hangs, like recurring loops in a chain of community, that for me makes <em>Drinking Buddies</em> such a Chicago film. The where is critical too: Swanberg uses many Chicago locations, but he doesn&rsquo;t make them over or change their names. Characters both play and say they&rsquo;re playing pool at the Empty Bottle, and drink beers at Revolution Brewery&rsquo;s tasting room. He also immersed his actors in Chicago&#39;s craft beer scene. He made beer with them at his house, had them drink real beer throughout the film, took them on tours of breweries like Three Floyds in Indiana and had them coached by local brewers (<a href="https://twitter.com/chicagothomas">Kate Thomas</a> of <a href="http://halfacrebeer.com/">Half Acre Beer Company</a> is the film&#39;s official &quot;beer consultant&quot;).</p><p>Swanberg says his need to keep the real &ldquo;real&rdquo; &nbsp;can be chalked up to the &ldquo;aesthetic and mindset&rdquo; he developed studying filmmaking at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, which has a long tradition of documentary.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I think specificity always ends up being more than a half-hearted attempt at universality,&rdquo; said Swanberg, &ldquo;So even if you&rsquo;ve never been to Chicago or the Empty Bottle before, all those little bits of specificity over the course of a whole film really add a richness that people can feel even if it&rsquo;s not their city or their subculture.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Swanberg thinks that approach pays off with his characters as well. Rather than using archetypes of the jock or pretty girl, as in <em>The Breakfast Club</em> (which Swanberg calls a &ldquo;great&rdquo; film) he goes for characters who act like &ldquo;real people.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Somehow that will make them more relatable,&rdquo; said Swanberg, &ldquo;Because they&rsquo;ll maybe do one thing or two things in the movie that somebody is like &lsquo;Oh, I actually do that. I&rsquo;ve been in that argument before.&rdquo;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2_t.jpg" style="float: right;" title="Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick in Drinking Buddies (photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)" /></div><p>The world of <em>Drinking Buddies</em> does feel lived in - or like one you might want to live in. And mainly Swanberg and the actors avoid the formulaic aspects of the rom-com which has proven a particularly deadly trap for female actors (see Jennifer Aniston or Jennifer Lopez or Katherine Heigl, which I talk about in more detail <a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbezs-changing-channels/who-owns-tv-and-katherine">here</a>).</p><p dir="ltr">Swanberg has a proven eye for actors - he was early to the talents of Greta Gerwig (<em>Frances Ha</em>), who lights up his 2008 film <em>Nights and Weekends</em>. He makes similarly good choices in <em>Drinking Buddies</em>. As Luke, Johnson looks straight out of central casting, in his depiction of a largely happy-go-lucky brewer, who values equally the foibles and strengths of his partner Jill (Kendrick). Given more emotional and physical space to play with that in previous roles, Olivia Wilde shines as Kate.</p><p dir="ltr">One detail did nag at me. Johnson&rsquo;s character sports a tattoo that telegraphs Chicago pride, big time: a facsimile of the city&rsquo;s flag which wraps around one of his arms. It&rsquo;s obviously fake, in fact most of the time, it looks just a tiny bit smudged. When I mentioned it, Swanberg suggested that&rsquo;s because I&rsquo;m a &ldquo;specific&rdquo; movie watcher.</p><p dir="ltr">To me it wasn&rsquo;t just a detail out of place, but signalled a small failing of the film. As much as I wanted to like these characters, I never felt like I was totally in their headspace. Some of that can be attributed to their low-key natures. But in all his films, Swanberg has never seemed satisfied with just capturing a scene, but trying to break it open, to reveal somewhere or something new. And that&rsquo;s the step Swanberg, despite his incredible talent, needs to take next: To deepen his characters, such that they don&rsquo;t rely on props like fake tattoos or even real mugs of dark beer, to make their points.</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Drinking Buddies opens in Chicago and New York Friday, and across the country August 30th. For more from Joe Swanberg, check out WBEZ&rsquo;s podcast <a href="https://soundcloud.com/strangebrews/3-drinking-buddies-with-joe">Strange Brews.</a></em></p><p><em>Alison Cuddy is WBEZ&rsquo;s Arts and Culture reporter and co-host of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels,</a> a podcast about the future of television. Follow her on<a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter</a>,<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison?ref=tn_tnmn"> Facebook</a> and<a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport"> Instagram</a></em></p></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-08/romantic-comedy-drinking-buddies-gets-real-about-craft-beer-108497 After learning of son’s birth, a father nearly loses his own life http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/after-learning-son%E2%80%99s-birth-father-nearly-loses-his-own-life-108357 <p><p>When Jack Morgan left to fight in the Vietnam War in 1966, he broke up with his girlfriend, fearing he might not come home alive.</p><p>Then he found out she was pregnant, and the Marines allowed him a very short leave to come home and get married. Just two days after the wedding, Morgan had to return to Vietnam, knowing he might never have the chance to meet his son.</p><p>Jack Morgan visited the Chicago Storycorps booth with his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Kelli Morgan-McHugh, to tell his story.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sc photo_0.jpg" style="height: 169px; width: 225px; float: right;" title="Barbara and Jack Morgan (Photo courtesy of family)" /><strong>Jack</strong>: After a while over there in Vietnam, you just quit worrying about it. You accepted the fact that you were gonna die.</div></div><p><br /><strong>Kelli</strong>: Did you talk about that?</p><p><strong>Jack</strong>: No.</p><p><strong>Barbara</strong>: There&rsquo;s things that you just don&rsquo;t talk about. You know there&rsquo;s ... you make preparations in your heart and in your mind.</p><p><strong>Jack</strong>: I did sign over my insurance, so at least she would have that. But that&rsquo;s all I had.</p><p>Jack returned to Vietnam to fight in the war. He remembers one night when all of the men were gathered around.</p><p><strong>Jack</strong>: We&rsquo;d been mortared really bad all that day. We hadn&rsquo;t eaten for two days, because every chopper that would come in, they&rsquo;d shoot it down ... We heard a chopper coming in &hellip; This guy had flown in harm&rsquo;s way, under fire, to bring me a telegram telling me that Chris had been born &hellip; The next day we went out on patrol and that&rsquo;s when I got shot.</p><p>To find out what happened next, click on the audio above.</p><p><em>Katie Mingle is a producer for WBEZ and the Third Coast Festival.&nbsp;</em></p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F6250422" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/after-learning-son%E2%80%99s-birth-father-nearly-loses-his-own-life-108357