December 21, 2012 Boyd Applegate has been dressing up as Santa Claus for more than 20 years. It's a pastime he unintentionally discovered while on the job as a big-rig truck driver. Every year, he makes under-the-tree gift deliveries designed for children to wake up and catch him in the middle of the night.
November 30, 2012 For more than 20 years, the Rev. Eric Williams has devoted himself to educating people about AIDS and helping those who suffer from the disease. As he recalls, one funeral — and a "favor" — led him to the undertaking. World AIDS Day is Saturday.
November 23, 2012 Gordon Bolar knew he couldn't talk his son Matthew out of joining the military, because "he was a young man who knew what he wanted to do." So, Matthew "served his country, and that was his highest calling," and his father pays tribute to that every day.
November 16, 2012 Larry Rolf and Denny Daniels share an uncommon bond: They're best friends and they were both married to the same woman — though not at the same time. Their friendship, which started over Thanksgiving years ago, has continued through thick and thin.
November 16, 2012 For 18 years, Rocco Galasso was the owner and superintendent of a New York City apartment building where much of his family resided — until the day they were given notice that their building faced demolition. As his grandson remembers, that's when everything changed. See an animated video from StoryCorps.
November 10, 2012 Spc. Justin Cliburn was in his 20s when he trained Iraqi police in Baghdad. During his deployment, he made friends with a teenager that he says "made every day something I looked forward to." But even their friendship could not escape a violent reality.
November 9, 2012 Harvey Hilbert served in the Army infantry during the Vietnam War. He was injured in battle and saw a man in his unit killed. "You know, I'm 65 years old, and I can remember clearly that young man — the color of his skin, his face, his cries," Hilbert told StoryCorps.
November 2, 2012 Boyd Applegate, a 56-year-old trucker who lives in San Diego, has been a poll worker for nearly every election over the past 20 years. Many people in his precinct greet him by name. He says he enjoys the work because he is a representative of what's right in America.
October 19, 2012 Robert Griffo was working at an investment firm on Wall Street when the stock market crashed on Oct. 19, 1987. As his wealth slipped away, so did his hold on his life — and his family. Griffo ended up homeless and found himself contemplating suicide.