Johnson, L T 1998-12-04

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X-ray technician L. T. Johnson talks about the time he spent in the military during World War II. He also talks about the x-ray business and different hospitals around the Lubbock area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: L. T. Johnson

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: December 4, 1998

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Allison

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: [First minute of cassette is blank], L. T. Johnson, Born in Kansas City Missouri (1927), Moved to Hemphill County Texas at age 6, Father, Postal worker, Officer in the Army and Navy, Parents divorced when he was 6, Hemphill County Texas, School, Graduated (1943), World War II years, L. T. Johnson (again), University of Texas, Attended one year, Joined the Navy (1944), First interest in medical field, Navy, Basic training, San Diego California, Hospital Apprentice, Marine Corps duty, Relations with Marine Corps, Anecdote, Pacific front, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Flag raising.

Tape 1, Side 2: Marines, Attitude toward whistlers, Leadership, Iwo Jima (again), Combat, Okinawa (again), Went back to the U. S. and was discharged, Friona Texas, Family moved after selling farm, [Begins to get hard to understand Johnson], Amarillo Texas, Worked at a dental clinic and dental lab, Opinions of dental lab, First involvement in becoming an x-ray technician, Attending college, [Extremely hard to understand Johnson] Muleshoe Texas, West Plains Medical Center, First job working with x-rays, Opinions, West World Community Health Care, Started administrating West Plains Medical Center, Went bankrupt and closed, Opened again one year later, [Hard to understand Johnson], Wife Nam (?), Story about first meeting.

Tape 2, Side 1: West World Community Health Care (again), Muleshoe Texas, Hospital, Relationship with Methodist Hospital, Indigent care, University Medical Center, X-ray technology, Changes, CAT scans, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), Rural hospitals, Amherst and Littlefield Texas, Financial problems, Medicare, Capacity, St. Mary’s and Methodist Hospitals, Move to smaller communities, McClanahan (?), Bruce Purdy (?), Merger of St. Mary’s and Methodist Hospitals, Opinions, Patient at Methodist Hospital, Experience, Medicine in Lubbock, Texas, Opinions.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1927-1998

Bulk Dates: 1944-1998

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