Six or seven years after doing more than 50 oral history interviews, ohoberlin is being repurposed to serve as a public journal for my Spring 2021 internship toward my Public Administration degree at Lorain County Community College. Thanks to the Oberlin Recreation Department (for which I also sit on the city’s commission), I am interning with the purpose of finding out the social and recreational needs of seniors in the city for their purpose of identifying how the city might engage those needs.
In this interview, I speak with Rev. Duane Anderson, carrying out the conversation about how, if there are activities seniors will find worthwhile, word of mouth will find its way to letting seniors know. We owe them too much, he was clear, to leave them behind.