Mary Jo’s Past Marina Rosnau
Period 1 3/1/17
I interviewed Mrs. Whritner a very good family friend of ours. Mrs. Whritner or short MJ is an older women who I’ve known for a long time. She lives in San Diego and sometimes lives in her other house in the Eastern Sierra, in Mammoth to be exact. MJ is a sweet and peaceful person. She is a great person to talk to so that is why I chose to do the interview with her. She is a very gifted sewer and that is what she does on her free time. She is 73 years old and is very wise. I enjoy her great big smile and her fun jokes. I also love her stories and that's another reason I wanted to Interview her. I am not related to her but we are very close.
“Hi Mrs. Whritner” I said. I called her on my phone on a friday night. “ Mrs. Whritner in my english class we have to interview an elder and ask them a couple of questions. Is that okay if I ask you some questions? I’ll try not to interview you that long. You might be busy.” Mrs. Whritner said “ I would be delighted to talk to you, it is always a pleasure to talk to you Marina.” “Okay then I am going to ask you my first question.” What was one thing you liked to do outside?” Mj responded and said “ I liked to ride my horse. Me and my friends or my horse would be outside for hours and come home when the sun was about to set. It was very fun and where I lived it was a great place to go outside including in the summer.
“Okay the second question I would like to ask you is back when you were a kid, were kids more free than they are know?” Mj said “ Yes I could go outside with my friends and be and be gone all day. My parents were not scared of bad people getting us, because at that time the United States ( California) was not as dangerous as it is know and not as populated . I would come home after playing with my friends and I would come home at sunset. Also my dogs could run around, they did not have to be fenced in. I said “ Wow definitely different from today, Bentley can’t be outside at all by herself ” I said. Mj said “ yup it sure has changed since I was a girl.” “Okay the next question I'm going to ask you is When you were a teenager what was one of your favorite memory's and why? Mj replied and said “ well it was when I was a teenager and went to a horse camp in Arizona. It was my favorite memory because I loved to ride horses. I felt so free and made a lot of friends and had a fun time.” “ that must've been really fun” I said.
The next question I would like to ask you is “ Where did you go for Middle School.’’ “ I went to public school. The school was called Ellen School and was in Benita. I would walk to school threw the orchids. It was very pretty.” “ The next question is Did you have any other hobbies than horse riding? Mj replied and said “I played piano and I loved it. When you play an instrument later in life, when you become my age, it is really wonderful to know music. I quit because I didn't enjoy it anymore and now I'm sad because I can't play the piano anymore. You know how you play the flute Marina, just keep at it because you don't want to forget it. The other thing was I did Girl Scouts . I met this girl named Lauren and we've been friends till this day. Almost 61 years we've been good friends.” “ wow that's a really long time.
The next question is Did your Middle school have a dress code? Mj replied and said “ We could not wear jeans, we could only wear skirts. We would wear the skirts called Soul skirts. That was really the trend back in those days. Me and my friends would go home and try to make our skirts really full and puffy. It makes me laugh thinking of this. Now I laugh now as I see my granddaughters that live in Los Angeles wearing short-shorts. All the dress codes are all different know then when I was a kid.” I said “Yup you're right about that.” Thanks for hanging in there for a while. I have been asking you a lot of questions. “ no problem” Mj replied. “The next question is Did you have a celebrity crush? Mj replied and said “ Yes and it was on this guy called William Holden. You probably might not know him. I liked him because he was very good looking. Isn't that stupid! Don't ever like somebody because of their looks.” Mj Said. I said “ that's funny.”
The last question I would like to ask you is What was one person you respected the most? Mj said “ It was my parents, I couldn't just chose one because they were both great. My parents were very honest and loving people.” “Thank you Mj for doing this project with me. I really liked talking to you and hearing more about you. “ You're welcome Marina I was delighted that you called me! “ thanks you were very kind!” I hung up and that was my interview.