Audio Recording Robert Paterno interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2013-02-17.

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Title
Robert Paterno interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2013-02-17.
Summary
An interview with Robert "Bob" Paterno, who works as a "pony person" at the Tampa Bay Downs Racetrack. He talks about the daily routines in the backstretch, and gives his thoughts on training, on horses, and on the racetrack world in general. This interview was recorded in two parts: The first is a general interview. The second is a complete description of a day in the backstretch. He also speaks about "claiming races" and the relationships among trainers.
Contributor Names
Paterno, Robert, interviewee.
McHale, Ellen, interviewer.
Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor.
Created / Published
2013-02-17
Subject Headings
-  Paterno, Robert,--Interviews
-  Age and employment
-  Diversity in the workplace
-  Employees
-  Folklore
-  Hazardous occupations
-  Horse racing--United States--Employees--Interviews
-  Hours of labor
-  Jargon (Terminology)
-  Job satisfaction
-  Oral tradition
-  Quality of work life
-  Race horses--United States
-  Racetracks (Horse racing)--United States
-  Self-employed
-  Summer employment
-  Temporary employment
-  Thoroughbred horse--Training
-  Work and family
-  Work environment
-  Work ethic
-  Tampa Bay (Fla.)--event place
Genre
Digital photographs--Color--2010-2020
Interviews (Sound recordings)
Interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  This interview was recorded in the tack room of Robert Paterno's stabling area. It was conducted during a racing day and so there are junctures when the interview pauses to listen to the race announcer because Paterno was working as a pony person for a race in the late afternoon. The interview takes place directly below a bird cage, so there are bird sounds recorded throughout the interview. In a few instances, Robert Paterno's words have been transcribed in their entirety and put in quotation marks. He uses two proverbial expressions during the interview. He uses several instances of racetrack "language" and defines those words that he uses.
-  Recorded at the Tampa Bay Downs Racetrack, Tampa Bay, Florida, February 17, 2013.
-  Stable Views--Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2012-2013 (AFC 2012/034: 00485) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
-  To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.
-  In English.
Medium
1 manuscript : pdf, text file.
1 sound file (WAV) (0:53:43) : digital, sound.
10 photographs : digital, JPG, color.
Source Collection
Stable Views--Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2012-2013 AFC 2012/034: 00485
Repository
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/folklife.home
Library of Congress Control Number
2017655461
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Description
An interview with Robert "Bob" Paterno, who works as a "pony person" at the Tampa Bay Downs Racetrack. He talks about the daily routines in the backstretch, and gives his thoughts on training, on horses, and on the racetrack world in general. This interview was recorded in two parts: The first is a general interview. The second is a complete description of a day in the backstretch. He also speaks about "claiming races" and the relationships among trainers.
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Credit line

Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/062), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Western Folklife Center Occupational Folklore Project: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2011/064), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

The "Big Top" Show Goes On: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/003), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Working the Port of Houston: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/006), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/034), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Hairdresser and Beauty Shop Culture in America: Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/035), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

 

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Paterno, Robert, Interviewee, Ellen McHale, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Robert Paterno interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, -02-17. -02-17, 2013. Pdf. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2017655461/.

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Paterno, R., McHale, E. & Occupational Folklife Project, S. (2013) Robert Paterno interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, -02-17. -02-17. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/2017655461/.

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Paterno, Robert, Interviewee, Ellen McHale, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Robert Paterno interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, -02-17. -02-17, 2013. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2017655461/>.