In an oral history interview, Dorothy Dodd Eppstein talks about her service in the Women Air Force Service Pilots group (WASP) from 1943 to 1944. Epstein discusses her education, the events which led her to enlist in the U.S. Army, her training on several types of aircraft, the resistance to women pilots among ground crews, social life on bases, and the poor quality of aircraft. She says that after the war, she and her husband built a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that she was active in the anti-Vietnam War and women's movements and enjoyed a twenty year carer with the Veterans Administration. Eppstein is interviewed by Kathryn Cavanaugh.
The Blood Brothers Machine Company is featured on this installment of "Western Michigan at work" hosted by Dr. Willis Dunbar. Dunbar describes the company's transformation from a bicycle manufacturer to an automobile manufacturer, and its transition to making automobile parts after automobile manufacturing proved to be too costly. Dewey Kemp, assistant purchasing manager, and C.E. Wood, sales manager, discuss their products and manufacturing process, as well as the company's contribution to the war effort during World War II.
Dr. Steven Alan Carr delivers a lecture entitled, "Hollywood, the Holocaust, and the Crisis Over Propaganda," as part of the fifth annual Esther and George Kessler Lecture on Jewish Film and Media. Using rare multimedia excerpts of films, speeches, industry memos and copies of original Hollywood publicity, Carr demonstrates how the concept of propaganda became a lightning rod for debates over the so-called Jewish control of the media, especially in Hollywood. He also says that this fear of Jewish control often lead to the depiction of World War II as essentially a Jewish war in which America had no business intervening. Carr is introduced by Dr. Kenneth Waltzer, Director of the Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program. Carr answers questions from the audience. Part of the Michigan State University Libraries' Colloquia Series. Held at the MSU Main Library.
Allen Electric Company is featured in this installment of "Western Michigan at work" hosted by Dr. Willis Dunbar. Dunbar describes the genesis of the company, when Gerald H. Allen had the idea to create a cheaper test machine for car generators aimed specifically at Ford. B.E. Bertholet, the sales promotion manager at Allen Electric, discusses the company's new automatic battery charger and explains the role that the Allen Electric education program played in the war effort.