Transcript of interview with Jerry Eppenger by Claytee D. White, September 14, 2011

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Digital ID
ohr000175
Title
Transcript of interview with Jerry Eppenger by Claytee D. White, September 14, 2011
Narrator
Material Set
Interviewer
White, Claytee D.
Description
Interview with Jerry Eppenger conducted by Claytee D. White on September 14, 2011. Eppenger's family moved from Arkansas to Las Vegas in 1953. Joining the Marine Corps in 1964, he was among the early combatants in the Vietnam War. After a brief time in Alaska, he returned to Las Vegas and found work as a security guard at Bonanza Hotel and Nevada Test Site before attending dealer school. Eppenger recalls local black leaders and describes episodes in segregation and racial relations of 1970s Las Vegas. He shares memories of his beloved Cadillac and the fast and lucrative lifestyle of a dealer.
Abstract
Jerry Eppenger was a youngster from Arkansas when his family moved to Las Vegas in 1953. His father worked at the Nevada Test Site and his mother cooked and owned her own restaurant. The family lived on Las Vegas' Westside, where he became a street savvy teenager who often hung out at Smokey's Pool Hall learning to "hustle." A Rancho High School graduate, Jerry joined the Marine Corps in 1964 and was among the early combatants in the Vietnam War. After a brief time in Alaska, he returned to Las Vegas, found work as a security guard at Bonanza Hotel and Nevada Test Site. Later he attended dealer school, which launched a new career for himself. Jerry recalls local black leaders and describes episodes in segregation and racial relations of 1970s Las Vegas. He remembers his beloved Cadillac and the fast and lucrative lifestyle of being a dealer. Today he likes meeting up with friends at the barbershop and playing chess.
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Identified Neighborhood
Berkley Square
Neighborhood City / Town
Source
CT247 .E66 2007
Original Collection
Original Date (interview)
2011-09-14
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This material may be protected by copyright. Personal, including educational and academic, use of this material is without restriction; but acknowledgement of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries is requested whether the use is oral, web or in print. Commercial use of any portion of this material requires permission. For further information please contact Digital Collections: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/contact. This document is an oral history. It is a spoken account of certain events and phenomena recorded at one particular moment and filtered through one individual's life experience, sensibility, and memory. As such, it should be considered a primary source rather than a final, verified, or complete narrative of the events it records.
Digital Publisher
University of Nevada Las Vegas
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Master Extent
2265 x 3074 pixels; 7.5 x 10.2 inches; 21,196,998 bytes; 79 images
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24 bit color; 300 ppi

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