StoryCorps N.O.
5:17 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

StoryCorps: Janet Wallfisch

Ann Asprodites has always referred to Janet Wallfisch as her aunt, but the 91-year-old is actually related a bit further down ancestral lines. Ann's grandfather was Janet's mother's brother. The two remain close. They have lunch about twice a month, when Janet can book some spare time between exercise classes, opera and other activities.

Ann Asprodites has always referred to Janet Wallfisch as her aunt, but the 91-year-old is actually related a bit further down ancestral lines. Ann's grandfather was Janet's mother's brother. The two remain close. They have lunch about twice a month, when Janet can book some spare time between exercise classes, opera and other activities.

In this conversation recorded March 22, 2010 with StoryCorp staffer Sara Culver, Ann asks Janet about the happiest times of her life in New Orleans, how she views the city's progress since Hurricane Katrina and what sustains the sense of happiness she projects. It's her recollections from earlier days that strike Ann as a surprise.

ALSO: In this extended conversation, Janet Wallfisch talks about several jobs she had as she grew up in New Orleans. She moved to New York for a few years after marrying her husband, Nat, but the couple returned to New Orleans after World War Two. Several years later, Janet became a columnist for the Times-Picayune. Here are some of her fondest memories.

StoryCorps New Orleans interviews were recorded by StoryCorps, a national project to record and collect stories of everyday people. This excerpt was selected and produced by WWNO producer Eileen Fleming, with support from the WWNO Productions Fund and from Villere & Co., managing the investments of New Orleans' families for almost 100 years. Listen again at wwno.org or at nola.com.

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