Family Across Generation

Ashley's Family

Interview Breakdown

Over the spring break I was told to interview my family across the generations.

My first interview was with my grandmother in the Baby Boomer Generation (Born 1946-1964)

My second interview was with my auntie in Generation X (Born 1965-1980)

My third interview was with my cousin in Generation Y/ Millennials (Born 1980-2000)

The Interviewees

Baby Boomer Interview

1. What is your full name? What did your parents select this name for you? Did you have a nickname?

Yolandia Taylor; Because she had always liked the name; Tinna, Juice Mouth

2.When and where were you born?

October 8, 1950 at Cook County Hospital, In Chicago

3. How did your family come to live there?

Unknown

4. Were there other family members in the area? Who?

Yes; Immediate family; Some of both mothers and fathers side.

5. What is your earliest childhood memory?

Her kindergarten teacher because she was nice and very pretty

6. How many members did you have in your family growing up? Were you the oldest/youngest,only child,etc.?

6; Middle Child

7. Describe the personalities of your family members.

Men are unemotionally unconcerned. Women are over-emotionally concerned.

8. What kind of household chores did you have at your home?

Clean bathroom, Kitchen, Bedroom

9. What age did you get your first job? what did you do for that job?

16 and Receptionist

10. What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school? High school? College?

School was okay for her. Her best subject was Math and her worst subject was English. Her grade school was Doo Little. Her high school was Inglewood High School. The college she went to was Malcolm X but did not graduate.

11. Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?

The fads were elephant pants. The popular hairstyle was natural. The clothes were bell bottoms,mini skirts, and hot pants.

12. What are your thoughts/attitudes on the institution of marriage?

Her thoughts toward marriage is that they are unstable.

13. What did it mean to be a man or a woman when you were going up? Do you think that has changed?

To be a man or a woman means that you are grown and yes she thinks it has changed.

14.Why do you think it has changed?

Because women became more self-empowered.

15. What do you think of kids today?

She thinks kids are crazy and they have no moral support

16. What advice would you have for a high school age student today?

Her advice was to go to college

17. Why do you think the institution of marriage is unstable?

Because men are stupid and unstable.

Generation X Interview

1. What is your full name? What did your parents select this name for you? Did you have a nickname?

Her full name is Shari Joi Hearn Jones Mcghee. They selected this name because her mother named her after a lady who worked in the hospital and Shari Lewis on TV. Her nickname was Ladybug

2.When and where were you born?

She was born Friday February, 11 1965 at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago,IL

3. How did your family come to live there?

They have been living here for years.

4. Were there other family members in the area? Who?

Both of her parents family lived in Chicago.

5. What is your earliest childhood memory?

She remembers them living on 5823 S. Prairie and her grandfather lived on the top floor of the building.

6. How many members did you have in your family growing up? Were you the oldest/youngest,only child,etc.?

One brother Two Sisters and her parents. She was the youngest.

7. Describe the personalities of your family members.

The were happy go lucky. Her oldest sister was always busy doing her. She was her mom's sidekick and her dad was laid back.

8. What kind of household chores did you have at your home?

Everything because she was the only one home when she got to third grade.

9. What age did you get your first job? what did you do for that job?

She was 13 years old. She babysat and worked in a church summer program

10. What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school? High school? College?

She said school was okay. She loved math and did not care for gym. Her grade school was West Pullman. Her high school was G.H. Coriolis. Her college was Kennedy King College.

11. Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?

Jellybean shoes,Shag Hair style, and Elephant leg pants

12. What are your thoughts/attitudes on the institution of marriage?

Marriage is an agreement of vowels from a man and a woman. It should never be placed on the back burner by a couple. Should it get to a point where you are no longer being faithful you should end the marriage.

13. What did it mean to be a man or a woman when you were going up? Do you think that has changed?

Being a women meant you were grown and able and prepared to care for yourself and family if you had one. You acted in such a way by requiring respect and respecting yourself at all times. Yes it has changed because young people don't seem to respect themselves or others.

14. What do you think of kids today?

She wishes they had been raised by a responsible person so they wouldn't be so out of control today. Kids having kids and no one has been raised to teach it to the kids.

15. What advice would you have for a high school age student today?

Please get everything there is to learn in school. While it is free because this is what will help you in the beginning of life and it's needed throughout life.Be respectful to adults. Give life your all and learn everything there is to learn. Enjoy your youth and your youth years. Want to have children after you have purchased and own your own home.Travel,study,experience the good things before being tied down to children. See your name in lights first before becoming parents.

Generation Y/ Millennials Interview

1. What is your full name? What did your parents select this name for you? Did you have a nickname?

His name is Tyrell Cerone McGhee. IT is a mix of his mother and fathers name. His nickname is Ty

2.When and where were you born?

October 9th in Chicago

3. How did your family come to live there?

His family was born in Chicago.

4. Were there other family members in the area? Who?

His mothers whole family was there and most of his dads family.

5. What is your earliest childhood memory?

Hitting his head on a table when trying to walk under it

6. How many members did you have in your family growing up? Were you the oldest/youngest,only child,etc.?

He grew up with 5 siblings.He was the youngest.

7. Describe the personalities of your family members.

His dad is calm and collected.His mom is super loving,caring and funny.His sisters are funny and always try to teach a lesson.

8. What kind of household chores did you have at your home?

He washed dishes,sweep floors took out trash and cleaned up.

9. What age did you get your first job? what did you do for that job?

He got his first job at 20 when he was college. He was a cashier for a restaurant in the school.

10. What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school? High school? College?

Boring.He was more introverted. Math was his best subject and language was his worst. Grade school was Carroll Rosenwald. His high school was Ralph Ellison. His college is Howard University.

11. Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?

The see through Nike's, the fusions an Soulja Boy.

12. What are your thoughts/attitudes on the institution of marriage?

A broken promise that is not always kept.

13. What did it mean to be a man or a woman when you were going up? Do you think that has changed?

Man-you make provide for family. Woman provide but mostly take care of the family.Yes it has changed.

14.What do you think of kids today?

They are not very smart and hard to handle.

15. What advice would you have for a high school age student today?

Keep a high GPA and go to college.

16. Do you value an education?

Yes

17.Why do you have feelings toward marriage?

Media shows lots of divorce.

Analyzing the Interviews

Summary of this Project

After conducting the interview I learned a lot about my family during different generations. I learned the difference and similarities of how they grew up. I learned that my family has many similar views on things like marriage,school, and family. I also see the differences in the fads and the way they view our family. After doing these interviews I see the influence the society has had over my family because of the way they see things.