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The 49ers: Oral Histories of Americans Facing 50


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2012 Column Contest Winner

Over some eighteen months, right up until the eve of his own 50th birthday, Rob Trucks interviewed more than 200 49-year-olds. This is some of what they said.

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#19: Jeffery W. Kelly (9/5/2013)

#103: Benita Fitzgerald Mosley (8/16/2013)

#106: Wendy Liebman (7/26/2013)

#188: Anita Stansfield (7/10/2013)

#167: David Leavitt (6/11/2013)

#119: Kathryn Harrison (5/24/2013)

#130: Ilan Stavans (5/6/2013)

#62: Daniel J. O’Donnell (4/17/2013)

#227: Jay Wright (3/26/2013)

#207: Susan Olsen (3/8/2013)

#90: Bill Lester (2/15/2013)

#67: Michelangelo Signorile (1/28/2013)

#134: Carol Greider (1/9/2013)

#53: James Walter (12/10/2012)

#136: Lynne Austin (11/21/2012)

#228: Mark Schauer (11/2/2012)

#55: Brian Hansen (10/17/2012)

#24: Brad Houser (10/1/2012)

#190: Kim Severson (9/11/2012)

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