Sunday Stories: Episode 5

Sunday Stories: Episode 5

♪♪ Michael: Welcome to Sunday
Stories, I’m Michael Sanford. Over the next hour we’ll be
sharing stories that celebrate the rich history, amazing
people, and fascinating places throughout our region and
beyond. Michael: Prior to
Columbus’ arrival about 300 indigenous languages
that were spoken in North America. Today only half of those
languages still exist and many are facing
extinction. Scholars predict that by the
year 2050 there may only be 20 indigenous languages left. At Eureka High School, members
of the Yurok tribe are teaching high school students
their native language in an effort to save the spoken word
and their heritage. Male Voice: One day the Yurok
language will be a living, flourishing language where it’s
spoken everywhere. Female Voice: I know for sure
it’s gonna happen, may not
happen in my lifetime. But our language will
be back, our ceremonies will be back, and and once again we’re
we’re going to be whole. (speaking Yurok) Michael: Saving the Yurok
language, later on Sunday Stories. Michael: “It’s a wonderful lif””
is a theme that’s woven into the stories of Patrick
and Bobbin Mulvaney, co-owners of Sacramento’s
Mulvaney’s B & L. Their restaurant is their shared
passion, it specializes in hand-crafted cuisine and
features a menu that changes daily to be in sync with our
local growing season. Jason: The B & L in the
restaurant’s name actually stands for building and loan, a
tribute to the discovery made by Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a
Wonderful Life.” Instead of running off to the big city,
their future was found investing in their local community. Patrick: The community
here has just been so good to us, right
and and so supportive. And it just seems for both of us
in our nature, of of the many things that we argue about we’ve
never argued about giving back to the community or supporting
our employees. Michael: A visit with Bobbin and
Patrick Mulvaney, later on Sunday Stories. Michael: An innovative program
at Sacramento State is introducing the violin and cello
to younger students through lessons taught by university
students. Together they are learning to
master music through The String Project. Joanna: They get to see music
majors, and they get to see us being taught by master teachers
how to teach. Um, it’s very special because they get the
chance to play on the University stage, like in the concert hall.
At a very very young age they get to experience all of this. Michael: Lessons learned
from the String Project, ahead on Sunday Stories. Michael: The statistics are
alarming – every 65 seconds someone in America develops
Alzheimer’s disease. While there is currently is no
cure, programs like Connected Horse
that involve therapeutic animals have been shown to reduce stress
and improve the quality of life for both the people living with
early stage dementia and their care partners. Carrie: That human animal bond
with horses is is profound. Paula: People come in with these
very strong roles of I’m a care partner, I’m a person that has
mild cognitive impairment and quickly, like within minutes
when they meet the horses those roles just go away. Because the
horses don’t care. Nancy: We see them just activate
their relationship and start their bucket list and do things
together. They realize they don’t have to
take the diagnosis and go in the corner. They really can fight and be
participant in their own life and and enjoy life again. Michael: Horses helping
to build connections, later on Sunday
Stories. Michael: Ceramic artist
Ruth Rippon’s legacy. A look at the good work
being done by Pride Industries. A visit to the Small Wonders
of Africa exhibit. Honoring the efforts of
Mexican-Americans during World War II. Michael: The Yurok Tribe is
currently the largest group of Native Americans in
the state of California, with more than 5,000 members.
However, the Tribe recently documented that now there are
only 11 fluent Yurok speakers still alive. Through new
programs, like teaching language classes in local
schools, the Tribe continues its effort to save the Yurok
language from extinction. ♪♪ James: You’re going
to copycat me three times. You’re going to do
this three times, ok? So. (Speaking Yurok) James:(Translates) (Speaks Yurok) Rob: JAMES GENSAW IS
words in Yurok, I think they’re
so beautiful. Rob: YUROK IS ONE OF THREE
REGION OF CALIFORNIA. James: Not pare, but pare. James: There’s a lot of kids
that take Yurok that take it because just because they’re
curious and they want to find out what
it’s all about. Evelyn: I can learn Spanish
or German anywhere else. This is the only place I
can actually learn Yurok. I took it just out of
interest in linguistics and I really do like
how it sounds. It sounds
aesthetically nice to me. Rob: OTHER STUDENTS ARE
quarter of the students have Yurok descendancy. So I think part of that
trying to find out who they are and find out a little
bit more about themselves. Rob: DANNY IS ONE OF THOSE
LANGUAGE CLASS. Danny: Mr. Gensaw not only
teaches the language but he also teaches the cultures
and the stories that come with it. He’s done so much to
help this language. James: When I started
to learn this language, there was – all my speakers
were all in their 90s, a couple that were
close to 100 years old. There’s only 25
fluent speakers in Yurok. Rob: THE LANGUAGE NEEDS ALL
25 years ago predicted the Yurok language was going to
be extinct by the year 2010. Rob: THE LAST KNOWN FULLY
BEING ONE OF THEM. James: I think when any
endangered language becomes extinct or loses
its last speaker, I think that we as humans lose
part of our own humanity. Rob: FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS
like an apocalypse. I mean our whole
world changed. It’s a lot of deep wounds
and it’s going to take time. It’s not something that can
be fixed in one generation or two generations. I think that all of us are
working towards that healing and I think the language
plays an important role in that healing process. Rob: NOW THE PUBLIC SCHOOL
COMMITTED IN THE PAST. James: I think it’s a little
ironic that part of the reason the Yurok language
almost became extinct was because of the boarding
schools and a school system, but we can use that system
and we can use as a tool to revitalize our language
and kind of breath life back into the language. Rob: THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
RESTORATION PROGRAM. Barbara: The long term goal
is for our people to once again be speaking only Yurok
as our primary language. Rob: BARBARA MCQUILLEN
ESTABLISHED BY TRIBAL ELDERS IN THE 1950S. Barbara: We owe a lot to
those elders that had enough foresight to know that
we needed to preserve our language. Rob: LIKE JAMES…. SHE TOO TEACHES YUROK. SHE REMEMBERS ONE STUDENT
SHE WAS TEACHING BACK IN THE EARLY 2000’S. Barbara: He really applied
himself and I hadn’t seen anybody like that. He had flash cards, he
would write everything down, he’d go home and practice,
he’d come back the next week, you know, ready to
learn more and use what he learned. Rob: THE STUDENT
WAS JAMES GENSAW. Barbara: You know it’s
always a goal of a teacher to have students learn more
than than you are able to teach them and he did that. (Speaking Yurok) James: To me I took on that
responsibility and I don’t think of it as a burden. I think of it as,
somebody has to do it. I think of it as something
that I was chosen to do. (Speaking Yurok) Rob: SUSTAINING, AND SHARING
class because I am Yurok. And my ultimate goal is to
keep the language going, to learn it completely so
that I can pass it on to younger people too. Danny: It is part of my
culture and if I can do anything to help it,
I definitely will. Evelyn: The
death of a language, it goes hand in hand with
the death of a culture and that should be stopped
as much as possible. (Speaking Yurok) Rob: EACH YEAR THE NUMBER
ONE OF CALIFORNIA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL. (Speaking Yurok) (Rushing water) James: One day the Yurok
language will be a living and flourishing
language where it’s spoken everywhere. Barbara: I know for
sure it’s going to happen, may not happen
in my lifetime. But our language
will be back, our ceremonies will be back,
and once again we’re going to be whole. (SPEAKING IN YUROK) James:All those
elders, they’re up there (speaks Yurok)
and they’re looking down and I think
they’re really happy. ♪♪ ♪♪ Michael: Later… a look at the
works and influence of ceramic artist and educator Ruth Rippon. But first, we sit down
with Patrick and Bobbin Mulvaney who
share the love story behind one of Sacramento’s most popular
restaurants, Mulvaney’s B & L. ♪♪ (Restaurant Sounds) JASON: Co-Owner and Executive
Chef Patrick Mulvaney has become
a point person on Sacramento’s growing farm to
fork movement. JASON: He’s a New York City
native, but as the lunch rush hits, don’t expect any
loud outbursts. Patrick is in charge of the
kitchen, but his style is more of an understated
confidence. Patrick Mulvaney: She didn’t
really admit it… He’s the smartest
chef I ever met Bobbin Mulvaney: smartest chef
I ever met, honest to goodness, JASON: While he gets the
soundbites and magazine spreads, Bobbin was largely
in the background. Not anymore. Bobbin Mulvaney: He asked me
to step up to the plate because you know, he’s our
lead singer and the popular one and he says you are the
sexy bass player in the back. You want to step up
to the front, you know. It’s time. Are there any menu changes
right now that you want
to talk about? Did you see a final,
you cool with everything? PATRICK: Yep I think so. JASON: The demands of the
restaurant make it difficult to get Patrick and Bobbin
together here. When you do, it’s a chance
to see the quick wit that makes this couple tick. Bobbin Mulvaney: Hummm,
there’s the big Cesar salad
debate of 2011 (laughs) Patrick Mulvaney: (laughs) Well I, I think the biggest
challenge of working together is her refusal to
acknowledge that I am correct 100 percent
of the time… JASON: Both bring their own
culinary backgrounds to the business. Bobbin’s Northern California
catering expertise and Patrick as a chef. Ohhh Chef, that’s hot baby. That’s not bad though,hugh
gotta a little oil. . . Bobbin: Needs a
little meat maybe! How they met? Bobbin Mulvaney: There’s
just some different versions of the story… Patrick Mulvaney: Well
there’s true true, and Mulvaney true… Bobbin Mulvaney: Yeah
(laughs) yes, and by the way the Mulvaney’s do not let
the truth get in the way of a good story (laughs), I think the truth of
the story is, is I…. Patrick Mulvaney: Bobbin
started stalking me… Bobbin: Yeah. That was it. Bobbinl: I noticed
when I would refer small events to him that I
couldn’t do with a large company I was working for,
he would send me personal notes back to thank me,
it’s like who does this, he’d call and leave a message,
thanks you for the referral, I’m like that, this,
I’m impressed, BOBBIN: and I’m from
old school, right? Where chefs are generally
dogs, and they you know, definitely looking for a job
that they can ss.., you know, smoke joint on their
way to work, and aa.., wear their pajamas to work, to… Patrick Mulvaney: I still
wear my pajamas… Bobbin Mulvaney: He does
still wear his pajamas to work, um, but what he, it
was, is really smart about food food, and I’m from the
Valley, I’m from where the food is growing up around me
and he came here from New York because he was excited
about this food, and it just reignited after 9 years of
selling commercial catering, box catering, that now I was
with someone who was into the terra, so, was a
blessing to me, then I started stalking him. Hey Patrick where… Patrick:Two of them are
going to 89 so you can
take them to the wine room. Bobbin: Oh the wine room,
come on back. JASON: The couple opened
Mulvaney’s B&L in 2005. Two years later Bobbin was
diagnosed with stage 3
cancer. Patrick had a realization. Patrick: I don’t want to live
without this woman you know, this, she is my
life, and um, went home, I was in New York City,
and, and stopped and asked my mom for aa.., my
grandmother’s Tiffany ring, and aa.., brought
it home, right? Had the little box, I came
home from my trip, I’d been gone for a couple of days,
said honey I’m home, I, I wanna talk to you, and she
said leave me alone I’m tired, I said no I have
something I wanna show you, and she said I don’t need
another pop top from Yankee Stadium, I’m sure
it will be fine tomorrow, and I said no really, you, you
should look at this, and then she opened her
eyes and saw the, the Tiffany box and
the ring inside. Bobbin:, That was
close. We did go to bed, and he put
his arm around me, and he always says a very similar
thing, we truly have a wonderful life, I love you
so, I don’t want to live without you, will you marry
me, and I opened my eyes and I saw that beautiful box,
and I said well of course, and then I hear
(sound of snore)… Bobbin: What I love about
Patrick is that he’s my man. There is no doubt, I did
not know how much I was looking for just a man,
a big strong man who was true to himself. Because
if he is true to himself, then he is going
to be true to me. God gave him broad shoulders,
and I know why, Patrick: And a broad broad. Bobbin: That’s not so nice! (Patrick laughs) Patrick: They can edit it. Jason: After more than 10
years in business, they maintain a sense of humor,
a passion for food and a belief in doing good
in the community. Patrick Mulvaney: The
community here has just been so good to us, right? And so supportive and it
just seems for both of us in our nature, of the many
things that we argue about, we’ve never argued about
giving back to the community or supporting our employees. JASON: The B&L in
the restaurant’s name actually stands for
Building and Loan. A tribute to the discovery
made by Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Jimmy Stewart: Merry Christmas
Emporium! Merry Christmas you wonderful
old Building & Loan! Jason: Instead of
running off to the big city, their future was found investing
in their local community. The restaurant sits in a
historic firehouse. Bobbin Mulvaney: We have
all kinds of little hiding places here,
this is actually my office; this is the china room… Jason Shoultz: This is
amazing… Bobbin Mulvaney: This is, where we keep all our
catering platters, our specialty pieces
for our banquets, and the truth of the
matter is you can see it setting up as a dining room
right now, normally I’ve got a couple racks right here
and last year we had sold-out house, my
husband cannot say no, he promised someone they
would have a table, there was no room
in the inn, so lo and behold, he had the
wait staff unpack my china, pull the racks out of here, to
put a table in here…, Jason: They, they
ate in here that night… Bobbin: They ate
in here that night, the next week he did
the same thing, the next week the staff
put wheels on the bottom of those carts
because now we literally set this every
single night… Patrick: the ability for
an entrepreneur is the ability to step into
the pond and know that there’s going to be a stone
under there, and also know that if
you step into the pond when there isn’t a stone
in and you fall in that you just come back
to the edge and push yourself
out and you can, you know, we make mistakes every day,
and I think the ability to hold on to making mistakes
and learning from them and recovering from them and
making yourself better is really the key. Bobbin: I have a
partner I my life and a partner in my business that
gives me the comfort that I’m not in this
all by myself. And I have a bright,
wonderful life ahead of me. Patrick: Yeah, That’s right.
I’m wonderful. Bobbin: Ha! ♪♪ ♪♪ Ruth: My mother was very
instrumental in my becoming an artist. I was either to be an
artist or a stenographer. If the art was
not successful. Well it must have been
exciting for me because I never gave it up. It was just always a
challenge and a pleasant one. Kristina: I knew very little
about Ruth when I got started on
this exhibition. When I started
looking at Ruth’s body of work I was very surprised
and impressed at ….. the diversity and the
technical expertise it takes to produce such a wide
variety of beautiful objects. she did everything that
you can do with clay pretty much. Ruth: I was always aware of
the negative space of the objects like a plate or
a bottle as well as the positive space that you
create when you attempt to design the
surface of the piece. I had not really touched
much clay until I went to the California
College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. When I was living in San
Francisco I did a lot of walking to school and other
places and in North Beach especially, I’d
notice the women, two women sitting
usually, older women, well endowed, and uh just
talking being together and that inspired a
whole series of works. Susan: I think some of her large
stoneware female figures are incredibly beautifully done. And they’re not just technically
beautifully done. But there’s obviously a
great deal of warmth and feeling that has gone
into those figures…… Kristina: I think the harmony in
her work stems from the joy in Ruth herself So I think that leads
to the harmony that you see throughout her body of
work even though there’s an incredible diversity Ruth is very much a story
teller in most of her work. Ruth: Fish and water were
important parts of my designs. Each one is
individual. I did a couple of
political pieces … I made a hand with a finger
pointing that I called “You.” Like the army wants you…. I guess that some of the
mythical ones were the most challenging trying to
express in like a round plate …… I guess I start working and
then one spatial uh part of the piece suggests another. Susan: It’s very important for
a museum to carefully document the work of the artists
that live in its region… Ruth: Wow it looks really good. Kristina: I would say that Ruth
is responsible in part or she’s greatly responsible for
….the vibrant tradition of clay that we are lucky to
have in northern California. She laid the
groundwork for…… the greater appreciation
for clay as a fine art especially in this region. She started working at Sac
State in 1956 just about nine years after the
school was established…. This was at a time when at
least in the United States clay was still
considered by most a craft. It wasn’t really
associated with high art. Susan: Ruth was particularly
as an educator not just a skilled artist, not someone
who could just teach her students physically
how to do things, but it was how to bring uh
commitment and joy to the process. Ruth: The idea for this one.
I was taking a sunbath in my back yard. . . Ruth: I always thought of them
as my children since I had none of my own. I thought that they were
my children – my students. I taught what I was
taught and hoped that the message got to the students
and showed up in their work. Not just like my work, but
creating their own style of working. Kristina: Ruth’s legacy as an
educator and artist ….. set an example for
young artists to just to let them
know that ….. they can do their own thing. Susan: I think quite honestly
every piece in the show she did she did for herself. Umm she was the person
she had to please…… and then there’s always the
hope that yeah somebody else will be pleased too. Ruth: I just wanted to express
my own thoughts about things… it meant something for
me to to make it and I was I was glad it was appreciated
enough for someone to want to have it…. That’s the way I feel. (laughs)
I have done enough. I’m old enough and I –
it’s not easy work you know. Clay is very
dense, very hard, heavy to work with, but
I enjoyed every minute of it…… ♪♪ ♪♪ Michael: Still ahead, Rob
Stewart takes us inside the exhibit to learn about the
bats at the Sacramento Zoo. Sacramento State’s String
Project is bringing students of all ages together to teach,
learn, and make beautiful music. ♪♪ Andrew: The
String Project is a program in which children,
typically third through seventh graders, study
violin and cello from the beginning with
university students. The university students
are trained in teaching children by master
Andrew: Because we
have world class string teacher trainers as our
master teachers, we’re training the
children to play the instruments really well
and effectively. Joanna: Growing up as a
student, as a music student, I
never saw myself in the teacher’s shoes, like I
didn’t even want to be in those shoes because I saw
how hard it was and how much they had
to push me to practice. But it just sort of came
and I love teaching. Here there’s like 15 kids
and you have to grab their attention, all of them,
and you’re standing in front of them, you have
to teach all of them, and it’s hard because it’s
not a student ratio of one to one, it’s student
teacher ratio of, like, 15 to one.♪♪(Andrew Lunchansky
playing the cello)
Andrew: I’m professor of
Cello and Chamber Music here at Cal State Sacramento
School of Music, and I am the founder and
the director of the String Project. There is nationwide a severe
shortage of teachers and that’s what started the
String Project movement. Andrew: What we’re finding
is the students, the university students
who had String Project training, all are getting
full time jobs teaching; multiple offers. The Cal State Sacramento
String Project is part of a national
consortium of string projects. There are about 35 of
these at universities around the US. Our program is one of two
or three that focuses on offering the opportunity
for kids from underserved backgrounds to get
lessons. Ruben: On a personal
level, I have always felt that the arts are
an important thing. ♪♪ In the area that I work,
in the Robla School District, which is very
high poverty part of the city of Sacramento, our
student population is over 90% free
and reduced. That’s the federal
poverty level. And, that becomes a
characteristic of certain aspects of their lives. Um, one of which, is that
their parents do not have the resources to take
them to musical instrument lessons. And, so, our school
district, I think, over time has learned
that we, can take responsibility
for that. We think it’s that
important. We offer to pay the
registration fees. Either through district
funds or the education foundation for the first
two semesters. And, then, we also have
now purchased instruments that the district owns
that we can loan to our students at no cost. Samantha: I actually
started in a program pretty similar to this. Coming from a program like
this, its always been rooted in me to
do the same. To be able to allow kids
to have the same opportunities that I did
growing up because I know that a lot
of kids don’t. I feel very, very
fortunate because everything I got,
I got for free, and I know that a lot of
people struggle to pay for the cost of music. Andrew: We typically have
about 80 children studying in the String Project. Twenty or so from Robla so
that’s about a quarter of the children
in the program. And the rest come from
anywhere and everywhere. ♪♪ Jennie: My son is Caydon
he’s 10 and he’s been playing the violin and it’s his second
year in the string quartet ♪♪ Jennie: The other
programs that we had found looked into were more
expensive and more time-consuming, and this
one kind of fit more into our schedule because you
get little breaks throughout the school
year, and then it’s also more
affordable. You just pay one semester
fee as opposed to a monthly fee. Our other big seller was
that it’s at a college campus. So not only is my son
being exposed and learning how to play the violin,
but he’s being exposed to college and what a college
campus looks like and what it feels like, and he
can feel comfortable when he’s here. Caydon: It’s cool because
I might go here one day, and it’s cool to see
lots of other kids. Joanna: They get to see
music majors, and they get to see us
being taught by master teachers how to teach, um,
it’s very special because they get the chance to
play on the university stage, like in
the concert hall. At a very young age they
get to experience all of this. ♪♪ Andrew: For their
parents, their aunts, their uncles who come to
the concerts, it’s often the first time
they’ve come onto campus and they have a
feeling of ownership. It’s life changing for
some of these families, there’s no way in the
world they would’ve had a chance to have a violin
or cello or get to know the music of Mozart
or Beethoven, and these families are
really excited about what it’s doing for their
children. ♪♪ (Applause) ♪♪ Rob: This is a hint of
what we are about to do behind the scenes of the
Small Wonders exhibit here with outreach coordinator
Lara Kirkendall. Hey Lara! Lara: Hi, good
to see you again! Thanks for coming back! Rob: Yeah, glad
to be here. You’ve been on the show
several times now before! Lara: You bet! We love it! Rob: Inside… “Caution: Exhibit Entrance.”
This is exciting! Lara: It is! That let’s all the keepers
know that that’s not just any door, that’s
an animal door. And there are animals
behind, but don’t worry! We’ll all be
nice and safe. Would you like to go in? Rob: I would
love to go in. Before we go in,
really quickly… bats and birds? Lara: Bats and
birds are inside. Hornbill, crested Kua,
small birds, and some Guinea fowl – they look
like spotted chickens. Rob: All right, let’s go!
Lara: Let’s go! Rob: How can you not
want to see that? Lara: I know, right? All right, the
key to the zoo! And in you go.
I’ll let you go first. Rob: Oh, we are
inside the exhibit. Lara, look at this. Wow. And I just have to point
out that Martin, our videographer, and myself
went through a series of inoculations for rabies in
case we were to get bitten. And that is just something
that is procedure. We’ll do anything to get
you behind the scenes. Lara: It’s just
standard policy. All of us keepers also are
rabies vaccinated even though our fruit bats really aren’t
at risk for having that. It’s just a state policy
and we continue with that. Rob: And we took
part in that. Lara: You bet you did! All right, so we’re
heading down. Behind is where
the bats are! Rob: [gasps]
there’re the bats! Lara: Did you see them? Now it’s hard to tell but
there’s a group of them here in the corner.
Rob: Oh my lord! Lara: There
are 20 of them. Look at them all in there! And that’s exactly what
they do in the wild! In the early morning
they’d all be huddled together for warmth
waiting to maybe go out and grab some fruit
when the sun rises. Rob: Oh my lord. OK.
And we’re good? Lara: We’re good. No, no, they’re
not attack bats. They’re not going to fly
at you- Rob: Oh my gosh! Lara: They know that
you have the food. And they’re pretty
excited about that. Rob: Oh my goodness! Lara: So when we hang the
rings of the fruit from the roof they’re going to
start to come over and the best part is I also have
some mashed banana, which is their favorite. And they’ll come over
to you and you can hand-syringe feed
them some banana! Rob: Martin, do
you see this? I just am in shock. May I touch-
may I reach out? Lara: Unfortunately,
they’re not really great with being touched. But when you give them the
banana-filled syringe then they’ll be able to come out
for a bit of a closer look. Rob: All right,
let’s do it. Come here, babies.
this is Banana. Martin come get in
here you see this! You have got to
be kidding me, this is an African bat!
Get out of here. Oh, now they all want it.
This is unbelievable. Hi babies!
I never thought I’d say this, but bats are adorable. Which is one of the things
you get to learn at the zoo, Lara! Lara: That’s true! You know, these animals
are both fascinating, interesting, and they
have a really cool niche. They’re very
important animals. One of the things that
people don’t realize about bats is they are
pollinators. They are really,
really important. By dropping and being very
messy, they help pollinate huge swaths of forest. And in fact, the
rainforest area where these animals are found
in Africa, these animals, these bats, do over 80% of
the pollinating in that area. Super important
animals to have around. Rob: Pollinators,
I didn’t know! Lara: And the bats that we
have here in Sacramento are insect-eating bats. And we know
what that means. All those mosquitos
are getting gobbled up overnight.
Which we as people love! Rob: Look at these
cute little tongues! Hi little baby! Lara: And that allows them
to gather up all the fruit that they find
out in the wild. And their teeth help
them rip open the thick- They’re just fighting
amongst themselves! One had to tell the other
neighbor that it wanted more of the banana.
Rob: There you go. There you go.
Okay, wow! Lara: Well the neat thing
about this exhibit is it’s a multi-species exhibit
and it accurately represents the animals
that you’d find living throughout Africa
primarily in the eastern side. So we have an aardvark
living with our fennec foxes. And we have a variety of
birds living with our bats exactly how it
would be in Africa. ♪♪ ♪♪ Michael: Later, from The Vault –
Central Valley Chronicles’ host Bette Vasquez introduces us to
Pride Industries. But first, over six million
people in America are living with dementia, and more than
16 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with the
disease. The Connected Horse
Project is creating positive shared experiences
for people living with early stage dementia
and their care partners by harnessing the therapeutic
effects of the human- animal connection. ♪♪ Charlotte: I think
about umm the galloping. I mean life is like that. You know, up and down and
riding around, fast, slow. It’s just a lot of
movement, but that’s how I associate a horse. ♪♪ Nancy: We want to help the
person with the diagnosis, but we also want to help the
person who is there care partner on this journey. Most of the research is
done separated the two. And we wanted to
bring them together. Paula C: As a caregiver, you
have a challenge to balance your life between the needs
of those that you’re caring for, yourself, and for me
personally I’m working. So, coming to the program,
what I get from it, is a chance to let everything
just go to the side and to be here and have an
experience with my dad. Paula H: There’s the whole
body of knowledge about how horses and humans
work together. So, the Connected Horse
Project has taken that knowledge of horses working
in a therapeutic way with children, or with trauma, or
with disabilities, and has taken it into the research
to say how can we do this with the population
that we’re serving. Carolyn: The ability to
connect with my husband like I hadn’t been
able to do before. Umm learned a lot more about
compassion and acceptance of his disease and it was
something that we could do together because cognitively
he was declining, and this was something we
could do together. And it was just a
really good experience. ♪♪ Sarah: There are over 6
million people in the United States affected with
Alzheimer’s disease, so it’s a really big problem. And as yet, we really don’t
have a good treatment. You know the disease really
impacts the roles that each of the people play and
impacts their relationships and so I think a part of the
goal of the program is to kind of facilitate
that communication. ♪♪ Carrie: Most of them have
been donated for various reasons. Lameness, things that
make them unsuitable for performance, and then we
actually take them as teaching horses. Paula C: What’s amazing to
me is the volumes that you can learn from horses
and they don’t speak our language. Carrie: The really cool
thing about horses is there is this interaction
that you have with them. They read people. They have this amazing
ability to know if you’re nervous or if you’re
confident or where you stand, and they
reflect that. They’re really social
animals, and that human-animal bond with
horses is really profound. Paula H: People come in with
these very strong roles of – I’m a care partner,
I’m a person that has mild-cognitive impairment,
and quickly, like within minutes, when they meet the
horses, those roles just go away because the
horses don’t care. Nancy: We see them just
activate their relationship and start their bucket list
and do things together. They realize they don’t have
to take the diagnosis and go in the corner. They really can fight and be
a participant in their own life and enjoy life again. Charlotte: I feel like, I
want to always share it with others who are being
impacted by situations that they can’t handle. I want to make sure that
they know that you’re not alone, and that there’s
hope, there’s help, and this program helps to put you
in that state of mind. Paula C: We have some
wonderful memories… that I’ll always cherish. ♪♪
(VAULT OPENING) Hi and welcome to Central Valley
Chronicles. I’m Bette Vasquez in this special edition. I’m
delighted to bring you stories about some of our favorite
people people who Inspire and move us give us new ideas
and information make us laugh or just give us a renewed
appreciation for life here in the Central Valley in short
our local heroes. Today, I’m at Pride Industries
with Mike Ziegler. Now Mike is the president
CEO and driving force here at Pride one of
Sacramento’s largest and fastest growing companies a
company that’s doing well by doing good Mike Ziegler. Thank you for letting us
invade your space Mike: Bette You know what
we love to have you here. It’s a pleasure to meet you.
I get to meet Bette Vasquez. Bette: Thank you so much. Well, you know our Jennifer
Fisher visited Pride a while back and she filed this
report about you and your marvelous company. Jennifer: Pam Hoskins
vividly recalls her first day at
Pride industries. It was a day that would
change the rest of her life. I walk in the door and I
realize I wasn’t in a normal
environment. What she walked into was
aery special company, a manufacturing firm that takes
care of the little things clients don’t want
to deal with while giving jobs to
people that society doesn’t always know
how to employ I didn’t know it was a
company that hired people with disabilities. ..and so it took me back and
um, from that day I thought, “oh, I don’t know if this
is gonna work for me. And its fourteen years later
and I wouldn’t trade this for anything. So what drives
this dedication? Well, it’s a simple mission
statement employees embrace: create jobs for people
with disabilities. Mike: This is a company that
started in the basement of a church by a group of parents
of young adults with developmental disabilities. And all they wanted for their
kids was what we take for granted. They wanted their kids to
be able to earn a paycheck. We have a saying at pride,
no money no mission. We have to make money, we do
have to make money because you want to pay people you
need good equipment but the fact of the matter is what
people who thrive at pride are here because we get to
help other people succeed, and think about that. And as you can tell, everyone
here shares in his sense of purpose… Essentially, his
sense of pride. “I can’t say enough
good things about Mike.” He’s the man, he’s got us
where we are, he knows, he’s surrounded himself
with a lot of good people, and here we are. All I have to say it’s a great
place to work and I hope you guys find it in
your hearts to come and try it out ♪♪ Bette: More than half of Prides
4,000 employees have some sort of disability. It’s Sacramento’s 20th largest
employer and one of the fastest-growing and Michael
I understand it is the largest employer of people
with disabilities in the whole country. Mike: And isn’t that cool. Bette: That is so cool.
That is wonderful. Mike: So I get to come to work
every day at a company that when we succeed
somebody with a disability gets a job. Bette: Is there anything new or
different since we first aired that story Mike: we do a lot of
work with the military. So with our federal
government, we just open up we’re taking over running five
commissaries which are giant grocery stores on
the East Coast. Bette: So this concept is
wonderful concept not only grew in California, but
across the United States. Mike: Throughout the country. Bette: Thank you so much, Mike. ♪♪
(VAULT CLOSING) Michael: In our segment Excerpt
From, we share a part of a longer story with you here and
then you can view the entire story later on our website or on
the free PBS video app. Today’s Excerpt From story,
examines the experiences of Mexican-Americans
during the Second World War through interviews with veterans
of all branches of our armed forces. ♪♪ (Aircraft noise) Richard: She’s one of America’s
longest serving and
most distinguished fighting ships sailing through
war and peace for some 47 years. Now she’s in retirement as a
floating museum here on San Diego’s waterfront. Welcome aboard
the U.S.S. Midway. I’m Richard Yniguez. You may recognize me from roles
I’ve played in movies and on TV. But the role I’m most proud of
is my service on-board a U-S Navy aircraft carrier
“Yorktown” during the Vietnam War. I’m also the proud son of
Navy veteran Rudy Yniguez. and Army veteran
Santiaga Carrillo My parents, along with thousands
of other Mexican-Americans, answered this country’s
call during World War II. These were men often
neglected in pre-war America, men who helped save this country
and in many ways, found a better life
in post-war America. This is their story, a story
of dedication, sacrifice, patriotism andvalor.Valentia: Mexican
Americans in World War II.
♪♪ ♪♪ (Church Bells) I was coming out of church,
this church here, when I heard about it. And it didn’t actually sink in! Being farm boys, we just…. where the heck is Pearl Harbor? (Battle Sounds) My mother thought
I was too young. My father said,
“He’s 18, he’s a citizen, it’s his duty.” And I never thought otherwise
that I wouldn’t go or I shouldn’t go. They were relegated toMexican
neighborhoods, schools, theaters, and churches. Yet hundreds of thousands of
Mexican-Americans signed up to serve in World War II. If you look at the statistics,
you would have to conclude that 375 to half a million estimate
out of 2.569 million population is extraordinary, and
remember that you also have Mexican-American women serving
in the armed forces as well as Mexican nationals. I had friends from Connecticut,
Arkansas, California, Arizona, just all over the states. That really felt
like I belonged. I belonged to this family. Families with names like Correa
and Ramirez sent all their sons and even their daughters to join
the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, the Air Corps or do their
part here on the home front, giving so much, even their
lives, for this country. For many the armed forces
turned out to be a great equalizer. And as you will see, gave
returning veterans the courage off the battlefield
to fight for equal opportunity. ♪♪ I was the only officer. I was the only pilot in
the whole group who was Mexican-American. The whole group consisted of
four squadrons, 64 airplanes, (and) 64 crews. After more than sixty years,
Gilbert Duran Orrantia still fits into
his flight jacket. When World War II broke out,
he was an Arizona college student
training to be a teacher. But he dropped out to
join the Army Air Corps now called theAir Force. I just went in,
because I thought that was the best thing for me
and for the Army. They needed people who had two
years of college, and I needed to be in some place
that could challenge me rather than carry a rifle, say,
across Germany or wherever. The young cadet flew a
twin-engine bomber. It was noisy, but the very first
mission I went on, they blew off a wingtip,
and I thought, is this thing going to get back?’ Well, it did great! (Airplane Noise) While discrimination in the
armed forces was uncommon, it reared its ugly head on
occasion like the time Lieutenant Orrantia was asked
to work with a young man namedRamirez.So he reported to me and
he became my radio gunner, because the other pilots
didn’t want him. They didn’t want him
because he was Hispanic, and Hispanics were not supposed
to be that intelligent. Well, and the same thing
happened with my crew chief. No one would take him
because his name was Torres, and he was the best
crew chief we had. Another Air Corps volunteer,
Joe Hernandez from San Antonio, landed in a job,
not for the faint of heart, as a turret-gunner, flying
bombing missions over Germany. Another really bad experience
happened to me on Friday the 13th. One of our airplanes came up
right in front of us, and the prop wash, you know,
the propeller flipped us over. We fell down about 5,000 feet. We were at about 20,000 at that
time, and (we) went down to about 14-15,000
when finally the plane ….the pilot and the co-pilot,
pulled it out. As part of the famed
82nd Airborne Division, Daniel Ramirez worked
on board C-47s, planes that towed gliders across
the English Channel during the harrowing D-Day invasion. They had 35 paratroopers
in one of those gliders, and some of those guys
never got out. They went in and shot them even
before they hit the ground. D-Day, June 6, 1944 marked the
Allied invasion of Europe, and John D. Luna from Ceres,
California was there. Well, when I first
went in, that was bad. That was very bad. I saw my buddies fall
to the side of me. I tried to help them. They had blood all over. I just couldn’t help that. The seas were real heavy,
and some of our tanks just went to the bottom
and didn’t come up. But we managed to make it to
shore, and it was real crowded. We couldn’t get out. We were closed in for several
weeks, and we were bombarded day and night. And people were dying
all around me. And all I did was pray
and fall to the ground. That’s all,
and it wasn’t my turn. I wanted to pay tribute to the
different divisions that had fought throughout
America’s Wars Ernesto Pedregon Martinez is
an artist who honors the armed forces on canvas. During World War II
his unit liberated the Nazi concentration
camp at Nordhausen. We were struggling
to tear down the gate, and from far away in the
barracks, we started seeing, like, a little black
cloud moving. And we almost opened
up on them, you know, because we thought
they were soldiers. And as they came close,
it start getting clear that they were people. And we thought
it was an insane asylum, because a lot of them were
almost completely nude. Eventually I think we liberated
about five thousand prisoners alive. How did these young
Mexican-American soldiers, many of whom had never been
but a few miles from home, deal with the carnage, the
danger, the loneliness? Every night that we were in
our camp or in our foxhole, I always said my rosary. Faith and friendship: two
pillars of strength among G-I’s like Joe Arambula
from San Antonio. I said my rosary simply
because I asked God to watch over me, and secondly,
it kept me awake. Awake in the foxholes,
he shared withAmos, his buddy from Missouri. He’s a fine man,
just like a brother to me. Joe had already lost two
of his brothers in battle. Then Amos died when the truck
he and Joe were riding in rolled over. His widow wrote to me
after he got killed, and I took it pretty hard
because he was ….we looked after each other. Even as the truck rolled
over, he grabbed me. He grabbed me. Then after the first roll,
I got knocked out. I don’t even remember, but
that’s where he got killed. (War sounds)It was rough.Well, the LST I was on.
It was number 13. And to this day I’ll always
believe that thirteen is a bad number, because it seemed
like we never missed a storm out in the Pacific. What was so scary when we
first went aboard the U.S.S. Saranac,
our Captain’s name was John J. Cross, and the
first thing he told us, “If you boys are scared to die,
you don’t belong on this ship. ♪♪ Michael: To watch the full story
go to or download the free
PBS video app. I’m Michael Sanford.
It’s been a pleasure being part of your Sunday.
We hope you’ve enjoyed today’s stories and that you’ll
be back next week for another episode of
Sunday Stories. Until then, have a
great week. ♪♪

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