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Catherine Poulsen interview, 20 February 2017

Catherine "Cookie" Poulsen, was born in Cleveland in 1950. She was encouraged to interview with Republic Steel through a class assignment. The day after she graduated from high school she started work at Republic Steel in the filing department. Poulsen worked her way up through the ranks at Republic and LTV Steel after the merger in 1984. She worked several departments, including payroll, insurance claims, human resources, and sales. She describes Republic Steel as a family company where all the…

Joe Calabrese interview, 15 October 2008

Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager of the Greater Cleveland RTA, discusses the importance of public transportation. Most of the discussion focuses on the Euclid Corridor Project and its impact on urban renewal, both in the short term and the long term.

Salvatore Felice interview, c. 2006

In this undated interview, Salvatore Ronald Felice, retired purchasing and stores superintendent of CTS and later RTA, talks about his experiences with mass transit in Cleveland from the early 1950s until the time of his retirement in the late 1980s. Mr. Felice, who was born in Alliance, Ohio, in 1935, came to Cleveland with his family in the early 1940s, living on the east side near the intersection of Cedar and Fairhill Roads. This was an Italian neighborhood and he talks about what the…

James Toman Interview, 19 July 2012

James Toman is a photographer and author who has written two books on the Shaker Rapid system. An authority on the subject, Toman continues to give talks and present slide shows on the Shaker line and owns a vast personal collection of around 2000 photographs that he has taken of the trains since the 1970s. In this interview Toman relates the history of the Shaker Rapid from its origins as a capital venture on the part of the Van Sweringen brothers all the way up to the present, relating stories…