Many, many moons ago, cousin Mike Moraghan sat down with Nana and a tape recorder to capture this interview. Here's his account of how it came to be:

Nana and I sat at her dining room table when we made the recording using an old tape recorder and a little microphone. If my voice is garbled it's probably because I had a mouth full of ginger cookies. I seem to think it was in the summer of 1980, certainly no later than that, and it may have been 1978 or '79. I was stopping in Plymouth pretty often during those summer months on the way home to Litchfield from Waterbury visiting with Nana, getting my milk and ginger cookie fix, and an occasional Birch Beer or Sarsaparilla from Uncle Bill. I'd usually show up in the late afternoon after Nana was up from her nap, and at such a time that the chores were already done so Uncle Bill couldn't put me to work. I might have lifted a hay bale or two, but mostly I just hung out with Nana.

The result is a great interview with Nana that runs about an hour and a half. They covered all sorts of topics, as you can see below. The interview is broken up here into bite-sized segments to make it easy to return to where you left off or to find a favorite passage. If you play more than one at once, they'll play simultaneously, so stop one before starting another.

You can click here to download all of the MP3 files as a large compressed ZIP file (83MB be patient).


01 - The Nana Interview - How Nana Met Bampa

02 - The Nana Interview - Playing In The Local Bands

03 - The Nana Interview - The Barbershop Quartet

04 - The Nana Interview - Defrauding The Phone Company

05 - The Nana Interview - Pancake Pranks

06 - The Nana Interview - The Engagement Ring

07 - The Nana Interview - Ard And The Church

08 - The Nana Interview - Honeymooning With Friends

09 - The Nana Interview - Fun With Hymns

10 - The Nana Interview - The Ol' Nag

11 - The Nana Interview - Vacationing

12 - The Nana Interview - The Car Accident

13 - The Nana Interview - The Motorcycle Accident

14 - The Nana Interview - Naming The Kids

15 - The Nana Interview - Pre-Cooked Eggs

16 - The Nana Interview - Survivng The Depression

17 - The Nana Interview - Preserving Food

18 - The Nana Interview - The Medical Crisis

19 - The Nana Interview - Reading With Jane

20 - The Nana Interview - Working On The Farm

21 - The Nana Interview - Bampa's Political Career

22 - The Nana Interview - Sawdust Down My Swimsuit

23 - The Nana Interview - The Party Line

24 - The Nana Interview - Catching Bees

25 - The Nana Interview - Working With Ard

26 - The Nana Interview - Childhood Friends

27 - The Nana Interview - Early Musical Career

28 - The Nana Interview - Bill's, Jane's, And Randy's Music

29 - The Nana Interview - High School Interests

30 - The Nana Interview - College Days

31 - The Nana Interview - Lunch Break

32 - The Nana Interview - Hunting And Fishing