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Interview #932: Miller, Regis B. (June, 2009)

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01:15:35 - 01:17:20 Okkonen

Okkonen, E. Arnold

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01:15:35

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RM

You know I've met a lot of people here at the Lab over the years, and I have to say, some of my best friends are still at the, I mean, worked at the Lab. And I, I personally have used it as a social, you know, aspect of things. The first summer I was here I met Arnie, who is still a great friend of mine, best friend, really. We just hit it off, you know, right away. And he was next door, and we kind of hit it off. And because I was only there in the summer, you know, we didn't, maybe the first summer not so much, but second summer a bit more. And we, he played softball, and we played tennis together for a while, and then racquetball for a while. And then when I got here full time, you know, just became friends. And then he got married and, and then I got married the second time, and then our wives, you know, we all became close friends. So, anyway.

LB

Arnie who?

RM

Okkonen. O-K-K-O-N-E-N. Well, anyway.

01:16:43

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LB

How did you feel about working for or with an agency that's part of the Forest Service or the Department of Agriculture?

RM

Oh, I liked it. I really liked my career and my work here at the Lab. I'm still at it.

LB

And did you have any impressions of the Forest Service before you started working here?

RM

No, none. I had no impressions at all. I hardly even knew they existed, except, perhaps, that they were forest rangers. That's how I pictured them, if anything.

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