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Title: Ben Uyeno Interview
Narrator: Ben Uyeno
Interviewer: Dee Goto
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 1, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-uben-01-0022

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DG: So you stayed there for ten days.

BU: For about ten days, two weeks. And then the Quaker people had made arrangements with Washington State College to admit us there so we all went there.

DG: And then so you were on campus there?

BU: Uh-huh, yeah.

DG: So are we talking about summer or...

BU: Oh, this was in June.

DG: June. And then you went to Washington State and then what happened?

BU: Washington State, because you're not home and you have no money so you got to work. In the beginning I worked for twenty-five cents an hour scrubbing walls and scrubbing floors, what have you. But then, then I got an eight hour a day job the following fall.

DG: Were you going to school?

BU: Going to school, going eight hours, working eight hours, because you had to have money in order to afford your dormitory or your... most of the time it was nice because you see, Washington State is a college town so there is a lot of single rooms in families. They rented them out.

DG: So you stayed with a family?

BU: Yeah, I stayed with a family. I can't remember the name of the family, but they were very nice to us. And that's where, that's where I met my brother-in-law. Ruth's brother was there, was there at Pullman, too.

DG: He was one of the ten?

BU: He wasn't one of the ten, but he got somehow pulled in. So we were there.

DG: What was his name?

BU: Byron.

DG: Ruth's maiden name was what?

BU: Yoshino.

DG: Okay. Now this is, we're talking about Ruth, your wife, but we'll get to that in a little bit. Okay. So you were at Pullman and you were taking still pre-med?

BU: Huh?

DG: You're still in pre-med?

BU: Still in pre-med.

DG: And how many years did you have left?

BU: What I did was, might as well do something so I took three years of post-graduate work in pharmacology. I forget why [inaudible] but I took pharmacology.

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