David Isay

When StoryCorps founder David Isay sat down with his great uncle to record the first interview of the project, his great uncle told him a story about a first date. Isay’s great uncle had just returned home from WWII. He arrived at the appointed meeting spot and waited for his date on a stoop. When the woman turned the corner and walked down the street she was dressed all in purple, “From her hat to her shoes,” Isay said.

His great uncle thought she looked stunning. He got scared. “He thought to himself, ‘What is this glamorous beauty going to see in me—a hick?’” Isay said.