Me: "How did you meet?"
Him: "We met in church. She grew up in Freemansburg, and I was from northern New Jersey and I went to Muhlenburg in the '50s, and able-bodied men had to serve in the military. I came out of that and went to Lehigh University for some graduate classes and I went to her church to worship one Sunday and we've been together ever since. We met there and were married there."
"We're the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, and we've been here since time immemorial, but we've come back out now and we have a Culture Center here in Easton. It's to show our heritage and our culture and to teach other people that we're still here."
"What's been your experience growing up and being of the Lenape Nation and Native in general?"
"Okay, well, first of all, I'd like to say that the State of Pennsylvania, the government of Pennsylvania, doesn't recognize any American Indians living within their borders. So that's a problem right there; they believe that we want something that we don't, which is gaming, land issues, anything like that. We've approached them many times on our sovereign rights and our heritage and we've been in a battle with them, and I personally have been working to give recognition for over twenty years now."
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"I'm visiting my niece. I'm from Queens. I figured I never been out here, so let me try it. Queens is extremely different from Easton. You would not believe the difference. From what I seen out here last night, you can't see this in Queens. Trust me, in Queens, you gotta tie everything down. Out here, I see it's peaceful, everybody's pleasant. It's beautiful. It's beautiful. You don't have gates on your windows or your storefronts, you can leave your car garage open. Not in Queens. It's a rough world out there, sir."
Pastor Michael Dowd of the First United Church of Christ, on their program "Cover the Piggies," which collects new and gently used shoes for Easton's children:
"'Cover the Piggies' is an initiative run by a couple of people in our church; Barbara Parisi, who is our administrative assistant, really had the idea. She saw another community that made sure the kids had new shoes before they went back to school for the first day of school. We realize how important that is for a variety of reasons: one is that kids' feet have grown over the summer so you want to make sure they have the right shoe on. Second, it's really important for everybody to fit in--everybody has new shoes, so we make sure the kids have new shoes. Good shoes for kids are remarkably expensive and in six months, they may be going through another pair. So we thought it would be good for us to look at a large segment of our Easton population and say, 'Can we help those kids get new shoes and go to school proud and happy?' A couple years ago, there was a beautiful little girl and she got a new pair of pink shoes and she was so absolutely excited, she ran all over the place with those new sneakers on, and her mom said, 'Now we have to take those new sneakers off because we want to make sure they're good for the first day of school...' and to see her face, her face began to melt because she was so happy with those shoes."
Me: "What was your experience like as a Marine?"
Him: "Very rewarding, pretty much the entire experience. Coming out of boot camp and understanding everything they taught you there was for a reason. That was important and something special. After a week or so in boot camp, you wondered why you were there, and later on you get used to it. I became a track vehicle repairman and I worked on am-tracks for the most part. I had been out to Camp Pendleton and Camp Geiger which is part of Lejeune. I was a brig guard in San Diego for a while. All in all, a very rewarding experience."
Kimberly (left), Jilian (middle), and Kristen (right) of the Swingtime Dolls:
Jillian: "We perform 1940s swing music: a lot of the Andrews Sisters, and we take modern songs like 'Walk Like and Egyptian' or 'I Will Survive,' and we turn them into 1940s style versions. We're brand new, but I grew up with this sort of music and nobody around here has been doing it and it needs to continue, so why not try it and have some fun?"
Harry Greenberger has been a gun maker since 1972. He is self taught:
Me: "What's your opinion on the Second Amendment then versus now?"
Harry: "To me, if you take the Second Amendment and read it, and don't add to or take away from, it'll tell you exactly what you can do. Many people have gone and taken small parts of it to suit what they think it should say. Read the whole thing and then tell me what it says. Don't tell me what a part of it says. I believe in it, it's been in our Constitution, let's keep it there. Let's not make any changes to *any* of the amendments that are in our Constitution; they were put there for a reason. I don't care what your political beliefs are, follow the Constitution."
Greg Geist, singer for The Large Flowerheads:
"We're a '60s tribute band. We enjoy the groove and the whole style of the '60s music. We like to have a lot of fun with what we do, we try to make use of everybody's talents in the band. We switch around and we all kinda play whatever we can play, and we all sing. My favorite song to do would have to be 'Delilah' by Tom Jones. If you don't know why, stick around for the second set."
I stuck around, and it just so happens that during the performance of "Delilah," a parade of women of all ages, shapes, and sized shower him with bras and panties.
These are the stories of the people of Easton, PA