Interview with skateboarders Ben French and Shawn Roden

Date: June 28, 1988

Source: S1618 , Container 4 , Tape 23

Type: Sound

Download: MP3


  • One audio cassette. Both high school students in Jacksonville at the time, French and Roden discuss skateboarding. Topics include learning tricks (from friends); types of tricks; related slang; park skating versus street skating; types of skateboards; places to skate; dangers and injuries; parental attitudes; and other sports. For slides of Roden and French, S 1577, v. 55. The Folk Arts in Education Project in Duval County was a joint venture between the Duval County School System and the Florida Folklife Program. It was started in 1984 by folklorist David Taylor with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to add to existing social studies curriculum. The project consisted of field research to identify local traditions and folk artists, a series of five two-day seminars to acquaint teachers with the use of folklore and folk arts, and in-school programs conducted by a folklorist and traditionalist which included visits by local folk artists. Taylor ran it until 1986. In 1988, Gregory Hansen re-initiated it with minor changes.

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