Audio Recording "My day starts when I put my feet on the ground."

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"My day starts when I put my feet on the ground."
Contributor Names
Ditaranto, Rocco (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work processes
-  Stores & shops
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Ditaranto's Market (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Rocco Ditaranto, owner of Ditaranto's Market on 21st Avenue.
-  Summary of audio segment: RD buys groceries in the morning, comes to the stores and sets up, every day. Occasionally he has help, but after 20 years everything is automatic, like a production line, he knows what to do and moves fast. RD starts to set up around 7am, and depending on how much he has to set up, that takes an hour or hour and a half. If a customer comes by and he knows the person, he opens up and sells it to him, even as early as 7am. But you have to be careful opening the door before business hours, have to know the person. RD says his day starts when he puts his feet on the ground, as soon as he gets up out of bed. And there's always something to do in the store, rarely time to relax and do nothing.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A012
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Ditaranto, Rocco, and Thomas D Carroll. "My day starts when I put my feet on the ground.". -08-17, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Ditaranto, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "My day starts when I put my feet on the ground.". -08-17. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Ditaranto, Rocco, and Thomas D Carroll. "My day starts when I put my feet on the ground.". -08-17, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.