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History of the Forest Products Laboratory

Interview #936: Zinkel, Duane F. (June, 2009)

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00:19:07 - 00:21:21 Social Activites

Social activites, Christmas parties, employee's association, Men's Club

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AP

Were there any opportunities to socialize among staff here or was it just primarily through your relationships as divisions?

DZ

Well we had our Christmas---when divisions were a little bigger, they've been sort of compacted now, when they were bigger than that they were more separate. We use to have our Christmas party. And then we had the employees association, which we had our couple picnics and such during the year, and those were always nice events to get to meet people from outside of the area. When I started here in '61 we didn't have the---the only outlaying buildings were a couple of small ones where we did the fermentations in those buildings down there. Then we didn't have the big building 34 at the time, 34 and 33, and so we were located here and I was on the third floor and that's where our facilities were. But it wasn't too long after that they built the new buildings and we very happy to take those over.

AP

I heard there use to be a men's club with the Lab. Were you associated with that?

DZ

Well I was a member of it, yeah. That's what I meant by the employee's group. It wasn't---the men and the women were separate, they both had their own organizations. Think that was the hangover certainly from World War II and such. [long pause]

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