DARE Interview : Waycross, Georgia; Primary Informant GA031

  • 1968
  • Informant Data:
  • GA031: White; male; age: 64 (old); education: college; community type: rural
  • Media Files:
  • Arthur the Rat. Speaker: GA031 (3:04)
  • Full Interview (Tape 0309-S1).
  • Content:
  • 00:25 Arthur the Rat
  • 03:35 Origin of swamp—area left full of water when Atlantic receded, slowly became fresh water and formed Suwannee River
  • 08:15 Islands formed by decay of vegetation and rooting of "trembling earth"
  • 11:45 Not exactly a swamp, because water flows out, not in. No malaria because water too acidic for that sort of mosquito
  • 16:10 Danger of getting lost in the swamp. People were afraid of it for a long time, movies continue that myth
  • 21:20 Real danger of swamp is other humans. Only cottonmouths are poisonous in water, and alligators don't attack unless provoked
  • 25:25 Visitors range from thrill-seekers to bird-watchers. "Pogo" helps, though Walt Kelly had never been there when he started
  • 29:30 Showing Kelly how ugly real possums are
  • 32:10 Tape end
  1. Arthur the rat

  2. Full interview


Rentschler, Sally
  • 1968
  • Dictionary of American Regional English
  • English
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