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Title: Frank Hiratsuka Interview
Narrator: Frank Hiratsuka
Interviewer: Tom Ikeda
Location: Skokie, Illinois
Date: June 15, 2011
Densho ID: denshovh-hfrank_2-01-0016

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TI: And so what was Chicago like I guess in terms of the Japanese community? Did you do much with the Japanese community, any organizations or anything?

FH: No. Because we lived in Morton Grove, so it was a little difficult getting...

TI: So how far is Morton Grove from downtown Chicago?

FH: about twenty, about twenty-one miles or something. From, to the center of town.

TI: So tell me how you met your wife.

FH: I met her through mutual friends, in Chicago.

TI: And when you, so I'm trying to get a sense of when you're dating back then, where would you go? What kind of activities would you do in Chicago?

FH: Used to go to her place and visit. Had to drive down all the time to go there 'cause she lived down south side of Chicago. But we'd go to parties.

TI: So parties, so describe that. Were they...

FH: Well, somebody'd have a party or something and we would go, I think.

TI: How about your music? Did you continue your music after?

FH: In college, 'cause I started Illinois Pharmacy School and then they had, they had a band, we had a band in college, so I played there and we played dances and stuff there. She had to come and sit and watch and not dance while we played different, different jobs. It was sort of interesting. Then they had a, they had an orchestra in school too. That was a combined medical, dental and pharmacy school, so we had an orchestra, and the dance band was combined pharmacy, medical and dental. Mostly medical students.

TI: Okay. And then when did the two of you get married? Was it during school or after school, after college?

FH: It was during.

TI: And so after you graduated with your pharmacy degree, what did you do after that?

FH: Worked. I was working for Walgreen's for a while, then I, for quite a while, I guess.

TI: And during this time --

FH: And started a store after that.

TI: And during this time your parents continued to work for this Jewish family? [FH nods] So it sounds like it was a pretty good relationship for your parents, to be able to...

FH: Yes. They were nice.

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