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Title: Robert Coombs Interview
Narrator: Robert Coombs Andrews
Interviewer: Alice Ito
Location: SeaTac, Washington
Date: August 2, 2003
Densho ID: denshovh-crobert-01-0030

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AI: Well, you know, I wanted to ask a little bit about... I think it was possibly after you retired from Sutter, that, the very late 1970s, and then into the 1980s there was this activity for redress or reparations for the Japanese Americans who had been in the camps. And I'm wondering if you heard much about those efforts, and if so, what your thought was on those when you heard about it.

RC: (...) I think I said, "It's about time." And I don't know anybody in my acquaintance that was negative about it. I think it could have been more, and probably should have. But there were some diehards. And I, I remember several friends of mine and I asked them to put themselves in that position and see what it would be like to come home and find the person that you trusted had gotten rid of your precious things and... or destroyed your orchard and what-have-you. How would you react? Wouldn't you be angry? And wouldn't you feel like you should have recompense in some, in some way? And they listened to me. There are a lot of thoughtless people and they have to be told that they have to change their thinking. Put themselves in somebody else's boots. So I was glad it was done.

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