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In 1984, the photographer Peter Feldstein photographed almost all the 673 residents of the town of Oxford, Iowa. Back in 2005, he again made potrety those who left and did not die, and asked them to tell me what happened in the last 20 years.

Hunter Tandy

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1984

"I always wanted to be a truck driver, like my father. When I photographed at that time, I so much wanted to be a truck driver, had said: "My dream is that when I die, I'll be buried in the truck." I still dream about it. Two months ago, I moved to Ida Grove to establish a company there for alteration and repair of vehicles. That's what I'm most likely going to be doing in ten or twenty years. You probably did not know, but Ashton Kutcher - my second cousin. His wife - Demi Moore and Ashton came to see me about two weeks ago. They took me by surprise. Ashton called and asked where I live, and then they just took and came. They lived in the "Super Eight". We Ashton to play golf, and she stayed at the motel. When we returned, we all just sat and drank whiskey. Demi Moore I liked. She is very sensible and nice. I told Ashton: "You're a lucky son of a bitch," She in general, the same as we are. "

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Brianna Lekness

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1984

"My mother left me in church when I was three years old. She traveled with a traveling circus, which eventually went bankrupt. When his mother and stepfather were in a bad mood, they tore it to me. And she left me at the church with our dog Freddy. To my dress, she pinned a note that said: "Please take care of her. We can not. " Mom came back to our city, when I was 18 years old. She wanted us to go on with the show Montel Williams. She said she really did not want to throw me. She begged me to move in with her to Florida and start a new life there. But I did not succumb to the entreaties of her and returned to Des Moines. There I lived the last six years. I met a guy from Honduras, who does not speak a word in English. I was pregnant, and we parted. After that, I began to go to parties. I walked up to three or four in the morning. I fell in love with beer. Once I met in a bar with another man and became pregnant again. Now I live with the fathers of both my children and another with one guy. Everything that happened to me in life is not normal. Why should I be normal? " 2005 year

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Mike Hennes

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1984

"I'm the foreman of the road crew. I get up at a quarter to four, I turn on the computer and read the news of the town. On the way to work I eat a sandwich. My grandfather was a physician fifty years. My father is retired and previously worked at the company "Aman Refridzhireyshn". I work in his team of twenty-six years, since graduating from high school days. One day I was offered a job in Missouri, but I chickened out and did not go. I have three children of the current wife and three - from the previous one. With his first wife, we had a couple at school. We parted ways after five years of marriage. Maybe I could do something different. Or maybe not. We broke up in 1989. Thirteen years I could not get married again. I met with AJ in the summer, when she was working in the district administration. I am seventeen years of age or older. Her father did not like it. My oldest son - a slacker, and it is a big disappointment for me. A couple of times he was in prison. In my opinion, he does not need anything else in life, except for hunting deer and pheasants. "

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Violet Reichman

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1984

"I was born in Oxford. My father was a blacksmith. I have neuropathy. Something like a very strong arthritis. I'm trying to walk with a stick, but it is not easy. Tomorrow I go to the supermarket to talk with your insurance agent about the free drugs. I hope something turns out. Two of our sons were wounded in Vietnam. One was shot in the thigh, the other - the shoulder. If I were now the sons of military age, I would have taken them away to Canada. We now have the worst president. We have so much debt that I do not know how everything has now been settled. We live in this house for a long time, sixty-one years. We bought it in 1944. Then we paid for it in 1650 dollars. Once a month, we are driving together in Tama to play bingo and slot machines. A lot of money with them, we never take. Every day I pray. If you believe in God and go to church, nothing more is needed. I love to bake, especially cakes. " 2005 year

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Jim Hoyt

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1984

"I was drafted into the army in August 1970. We had to arrange for the base perimeter of anti-personnel mines. We went with the grenade M203, took part in punitive operations. Around were booby-trapped. During the entire time I was there, I did not kill anybody. I went to the Bob Hope show, on "Gold Diggers" and Martha Ray. To us came to the base, "girls with donuts." It was such a lovely, kind woman, who came from the United States. To listen to rock 'n' roll, I went to Bangkok. I went back and began to repair the car body. I was good to level dents. But I contracted malaria after three months. It's like the flu, only worse. You start to sweat, and then you trembling. Malaria attacks your brain. I work as a loader in the supermarket, "JC Penney". I collect garbage, pick up the hanger in the hall, my toilet, doors and mirrors. They are a lot of spots. Recently, I go to shoot at targets. You can shoot as much as necessary and never regret about it. "

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Mindy Portwood

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1984

"I hope I never leave Oxford. My world - this is my family. My brothers, my sister, my parents and my best friends. As a child I went to a youth club. Much money we have never been, but we were quite happy. I still live in my old house. I get up at six in the morning, take a shower, eat cereal for breakfast. Then I go to teach podgotovishek. Returning home, I sometimes have time to watch the last fifteen minutes of "Days of Our Lives". Before going to bed I love to read romance novels. One of my major achievements - the fact that I graduated from college and got a teacher's diploma. My dream is to become a third-grade teacher, but these are good places rarely come across. I believe that to be a wife and mother - my destiny. I am quite sure that my future husband's waiting for me, but for now he is hiding somewhere. If I do not get married thirty-five years, I still become a mother. I still had a wonderful life, and then it must be good. " 2005 year

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Iowa Honn

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1984

"I did not know that I have such a beautiful, slender legs. I was born in Oxford, April 1, 1910. My father said that I was the most beautiful baby was born in the most beautiful state, so he called me to Iowa. My father and his brother was a general store. It was called "John and Bill's Shop". I met her future husband in kindergarten. His name was Faye, but everyone called him Friday. We left school in 1928. He had a car - a blue four "whippet". In those days there were not many students with cars. We got married in 1931. I read the Bible every day before breakfast and before bedtime. Tonight I'm going to read from the prophet Ezekiel. When I die, I will go to heaven to be with God. And I see there her son and husband. If you have faith, God will open your doors. If it's not you, he would say: "I never let you have never seen before. Go somewhere else! "I hate to sew, but I can cook and bake almost anything."

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Pat Henkelman

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1984

"I get up at five in the morning. My son - he works as a security guard in the prison - each morning comes to me for breakfast. Usually he eats cereal - semolina or oatmeal. Then I read the morning prayers, take a shower and eat breakfast. Then I go to work - to get out. I come home, have dinner - usually a sandwich and a cup of green tea. I watch TV, usually CNN. Sometimes I go to sleep. In 1940, Harry and I were working on a bee farm in Harlan. Once I came back from lunch and saw him pour honey into my bank. In the evening we met at the fair, we were photographed together, that's all. In 1985, after 40 years of marriage, he left me for another woman. I would not be so hurt if she was young and beautiful, but she was not. Faith helped me to go through it. I have no malice, no anger. Jesus died for our sins, but you are still responsible for your sins. To get to heaven, you have to be perfect. Otherwise you get into purgatory. Some people, such as Mother Teresa, immediately go to heaven, but almost all the rest fall in purgatory. Once upon a time in our city was a hat shop. It would be nice, he appeared again. I love hats. " 2005 year

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Don Saxton

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1984

"My life is not fundamentally changed. Maybe I got better, but not much. I slightly thinned hair. Still I go to church on Saturdays and sing in the church choir. I left the school and do not teach typing, business and accounting. I am a substitute teacher, but in fact I do not like it. Once retired, then he left. I work for the mayor in 1974, and I like the small-town atmosphere. Since I can remember, I drink coffee and donuts every morning at five-thirty with the same people. I've been in the big cities - Chicago, New York, but is always happy to return. I collect old cars. I have a "Ford T" 1926, "Ford A" 1931, two "Chevrolet" in 1951, a fire engine, "Chevrolet" in 1954, which in '44 served in Oxford, three "Oldsmobile", two "Buick" and three tractor. At one time a pharmacy were in Oxford, department store, hardware, grocery three, three gas stations, a bank, three cafes, a weekly newspaper, a doctor, a dentist and a hotel. Now we have nothing. "

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Ben Stoker

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1984

"I was 10 years old when his father died. He had a kidney infection. On Saturdays, he took me to his work, and after dinner we went to a baseball. I think of my father every day. I remember the feeling when his beard touched my face. I remember his hands - they were soft and warm. Two years ago, when I was 19, my mother died of cancer. She was my guiding light. I was very angry at God. He came and took my father and then took another man I loved most in the world. I'd be lying if I said that it should be. I know that I will spend eternity with my parents. And I recall two sayings: "God does not give unbearable trials" and "What does not kill you, makes you stronger." Many do not like small towns, because here all all all know. But that's why there are so wonderful. Everyone knows with whom you sleep, but when your mother died, 28 people come to you to comfort and support. " 2005 year

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Calvin Colony

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1984

"I worked as a plumber, but in addition I diver employed by the district administration. I have to dive for the bodies of the drowned. I pulled even fallen into the water hunters and snowmobile fell through the ice. Down there, you can not see anything, and you have to go to the touch. Since 1973, I have pulled out of the water about 20 bodies. Over the years I have lived 13 lions. They can train, but you can not tame them. They can not be trusted when children are nearby. They are next to the cat mice. They are worth nothing to tear a dog. Sometimes I gave them downed deer highway. The last six years I go on vacation to a resort in Jamaica called Hedonism. At one beach there is not remove heat. But on another beach can not sunbathe if you are not completely undressed. There you can see how people have sex. All alcoholic drinks are included in the tour price. Great place. And no need to carry a lot of clothes. "

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