Tom Keithdied last week, and was the sound effects man for A Prairie Home Companion. His fellow sound man, Fred Newman, says Tom kept a pair of shoes hanging around his neck and could make the perfect footsteps, faltering or robust.
Elvis would have been 75 years old today. And even though it's been more than 30 years since he died, worldwide celebrations are being held and Elvis mania seems as big as ever. Gene Doucette was a young designer specializing in embroidery back in 1972 when he got a call that would change his life: he was asked to help design jumpsuits for Elvis Presley's live concerts. Gene talks to Dick about what it was like creating the elaborate costumes that are nearly as memorable as the songs.
The Cochrane Furniture Factory in Lincolnton, North Carolina had always been a family run firm, making wooden furniture since before the Civil War, but it closed three years ago feeling outnumbered by China. Recently, they decided to re-open the plant.
As the recession turns the job market upside down, many people find themselves doing work they never expected to be doing. Peter Sayles worked on Wall Street. He was an assistant vice president for a big bank. When he got laid off, he retrained to be a math teacher under a special "Traders to Teachers" program. Also in the show: The recession forces the closure of the baseball field where Babe Ruth learned to play.
Debbie Holt and her husband Randy just bought a Raleigh, N.C. restaurant icon last year. Cooper's Barbecue has been around since 1938, and locals and celebrities alike sing its praises. Nonetheless, Debbie still screamed with excitement when she got a call to deliver $300 worth of barbecue to one of the most famous bands on the planet: U2.
Stephen Fraser is breaking the mold. The U.S. textile industry has crumbled, but he’s just started a successful textile business. Many new businesses are internet-based, but Stephen has moved from an online job to owning a factory.