Each interlocutor whose speech is transcribed or who is referenced in transcrip-
tions more than once in this volume are, except for me, assigned a unique pseud-
onym. This rhetorical device, recommended by DuBois et al. ( 1993), aids in reading
the texts and provides some continuity in recognizing speakers across texts. Fol-
lowing are biographical sketches about each speaker based on 1986 information:
Young adult man in late twenties who is not from Ash Creek.|
Married Bill's daughter, Heather, and lives up a holler away from
the geographical center of Ash Creek social life. Has two young
children. Travels two hours each way to Kingsport, Tennessee,
daily for work as an electronics salesman. Family moved from Ash
Creek about 1989.
Nonlocal grade school teacher who moved to Ash Creek as a "back|
to lander" who wanted to escape the pressures of city life. Taught
in county grade school and taught community college extension
classes at the Environmental Center. Shared house with Cindy
and her children. No longer lives in Ash Creek.
Older man born in Ash Creek who is a trained United Brethren|
minister. Oversees mission on Ash Creek; former Environmen-
tal Center director. Has a wife and two grown daughters and one
son. Married daughter and family live next to him on family land;
son is also a minister who lives at the mission. Bernie passed away
in the early 1990s.
Older, widowed woman born in Ash Creek who ran a local mom|
and pop store. Store was closed in 1989.
Older widower in midfifties who works for the Environmental|
Center as a night watchman. Born in Ash Creek and has strong