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Audio recording of Carl McKenzie and Ernest "Popeye" Reed speaking with Charles and Janice Rosenak

 Digital Record
Identifier: A0009_10_17a_Reed_McKenzie


  • circa 1983



This recording contains two artist interviews conducted by Chuck and Jan Rosenak: one with Carl McKenzie and the other with Ernest “Popeye” Reed.

The Rosenaks speak to Carl McKenzie at his residence. McKenzie’s wife is also present and speaks on the recording. McKenzie discusses his school days as well as his work as a coal miner and truck driver. He also discusses the tools and materials he uses to do his carving.

Next, the Rosenaks speak to Ernest “Popeye” Reed at his residence in Ohio. In the interview, Reed discusses his interest in Greek mythology. He shows the Rosenaks a statue of Hercules he has created. He also discusses his childhood and school-age years. Most significantly, he says he goes by the name of “Popeye” because that was what his father called him.

Conditions Governing Access

The Charles B. and Janice M. Rosenak Collection is owned by the American Folk Art Museum. The collection is subject to all copyright laws, and is dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship.


1 file(s) ; Length: approx. 18 minutes

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The full transcript of this recording is available upon request.

Processing Information

This recording was digitized from tape cassette through a grant from the National Recording Preservation Foundation in 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the American Folk Art Museum Archives Repository

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