Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

Portraits

Extraordinary stories from ordinary places.

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The Last Man on the Mountain

In the 1990s, Arch Coal began mining Pigeonroost Hollow. Now Jimmy Weekley is the last person left there.

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A Man and His Cello

Bernard Greenhouse was a founding member of the acclaimed Beaux Arts Trio. At 92, he continues to perform and teach. And his cello, a 300-year-old Stradivarius, has been his constant companion.

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Pasquale Spensieri, Grinder

Pasquale Spensieri spends his days driving around Brooklyn looking for dull blades.

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Cali Rivera, Cowbell Maker

Forty-five years ago, Cali Rivera started out with a dream to make the perfect cowbell.

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Charlie Zimmerman, Watertower Builder

Charlie works for Rosenwach Tanks, building wooden water tanks.

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Frank Sabatino, Fisherman

Frank Sabatino is one of the last fishermen left in Brooklyn.

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Frank Schubert, Lighthouse Keeper

Frank Schubert is the last civilian lighthouse keeper in the United States.

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Selma Koch, Bra Saleswoman

94-year old Selma Koch runs the Town Shop, one of New York’s last old-style bra fitting shops.

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Walter Backerman, Seltzer Man

Once there were thousands of seltzer men in New York City. Today, Walter Backerman is one of the last.

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The Rubber Room

The true story of little-known rooms in the New York City Board of Education building. Teachers are told to report there instead of their classrooms. No reason is usually given.

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Lady Writes the Blues

You may not know her name, but Rose Marie McCoy was one of the most prolific songwriters of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Civil War Widows

Seven decades ago, Daisy Anderson and Alberta Martin were brand new brides. And their husbands served on opposite sides of the Civil War.

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