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Every phone call we received on the Quest for Sound voicemail this year was
recorded onto a DAT. Notes were taken and entered into a database. We
named that database "Big Mamma."
Big Mamma holds 1500 records of your calls. Phone calls where you described
in detail your most precious possessions. Grandmothers singing, fathers
sending letters home from the war, an interview you conducted with your
great-grandfather, strangers telling stories, weddings, and speeches.
Although we weren't able to put every recording on the air, we loved hearing
In this final segment of our weekly Lost & Found Sound series, Quest for
Sound curator Jay Allison takes a look back over the year and revisits Big
And in the process, he plays some new Quest calls and recordings: Cameron
Dokey's grandmother Mabel singing; Hoover the talking seal; Bill Murphy
describing a tape he made for his daughter at college; Steven Vance's
daughter talking to a sick relative; Trudy Avi's late husband on an
answering machine message; Michelangelo Castellana's mother singing "Happy
Birthday" even though she has throat cancer.
Michael Castellana as a newborn with his family, including
mother Anna, 1955. Courtesy Michael Castellana.
By the way, Lost & Found Sound doesn't end today, it continues once a month on All Things Considered for the year 2000. And the Web pages will be up for a while yet, too, but we must close down our Quest for Sound voicemail box. Thank you for all of your contributions - they have been wonderful.
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