7 June 2012

A Family Man

StoryCorps continues to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives – in a rather unique way. The volunteers are recorded and their reminisces are often then animated – and wonderfully so.

In A Family Man, we go back to 1955. John L Black is the eponymous hero of this tale, a man with a large family of eleven children and a backbreaking job as a school janitor.

His story is told by his son Samuel who recounts, particularly, the day when his father discovered him in a moment of dishonesty. This is a simple story told simply – and it is all the more for it.StoryCorps has recorded 80,000 stories since it began in 2003. Highly respected and enjoyed now, these humane stories will be cherished in future centuries.