Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

All That Blue Fire

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

All That Blue Fire

Article excerpt

I'm from Virginia. Gasburg, Virginia.

And I heard that the plants were hiring,

so what I did, I came up here

for a New Year's Party.

And after I went to the New Year's Party,

I didn't ever go back.

I went to the Ford Motor Company

because they were hiring. That was

the 3rd of January, 1969.

My first job was working in the engine plant,

where they build the motors at.

I just came up here to a New Year's party

and got this job and never go back.

They have the motors hanging on a line,

and they'd be passing through,

so one guy turns the crank,

one guy put a piston in,

then you turn the crank again,

and another guy put a piston in.

Yeah, they go on down the line

like that. Then when it get out

to another part of the line,

they lay the motor down,

they put the heads on,

spark plugs in.

And then it gone on out

they turn the motor over,

put the oil pan on,

keep on down the line.

When the motor get to the back,

they be ready to start it up. …

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