Interview with Bernie Schweid
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

SO TELL ME ABOUT NASHVILLE AND THE PEOPLE…

Bernie Schweid:

Nashville is -uh- basically a re -uh- they call a small town. Most –uh- people thought they knew most everybody else and there's a lot of personal feeling. Uh- the town- uh- at that time was -uh- still a city that was, had hardly annexed any of its suburbs and it was before all this metropolitan government that came and doubled, doubled the size of the population in the area of the city. So in those days, it was much smaller. Downtown was a quarter of the shopping area. Suburban centers were just beginning, weren't in full bloom yet. And -uh- you just had a feeling of -uh- everything was quite personal and small. The town was run by -uh- some powerful -uh- peo - business people who wanted to keep it the way it was. They really, unlike say Atlanta, they didn't go out scrounging around real hard to get new business, new industry 'cause that would upset their control and also raise wages, they felt, and -uh- would make it -uh- -uh- not as economical for the way they wanted it. So that's the way the town was.