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April 15, 2010


Ray Matthews captured his memories of South Hill, Va. on canvas and tucked the paintings away in his apartment for years. He worked low-wage jobs and continued to paint. He sold one painting to the local general store to get some money for medicine for his mother. When Janet Hubbard noticed that painting in the store window, she set out to meet Ray. She fell in love with his work, and she helped give Ray his very first gallery opening. She also convinced him to enter a prestigious local art show. Dick Gordon talks to Ray and Janet about their unexpected partnership, the art contest results and how they’re dealing with the sudden popularity of Ray’s work.


Joseph Pfeffer was a guest on the program right around the time the economy was in free fall. He caught the imagination of many listeners. Joseph ran a Chrysler dealership in New Jersey. The banks would no longer provide financing, and Joseph was preparing to close the dealership that he’d run for 66 years. He was 92, and not only faced with letting go 50 employees, he was also facing the emptiness of the time he had left, with no work. Today we find out what happened after the dealership doors closed.

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