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AudioVisual
Atlanta, Georgia
August 19 and 24, 1992
Tapes/transcripts
101 pages

Alvin Meinhard Ferst Jr. was born in Atlanta in 1922 although his parents came from Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. He obtained an industrial engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, served in the Navy Seabees in Trinidad in World War II, and returned to take a job from Rich's department store. He stayed a Rich's for 35 years rising to become the Executive Vice President and Treasurer. When he left Rich's he started his own consulting firm. He married Charlotte Boyette and they had three daughters. Alvin discusses his childhood, family and family friends, Atlanta's neighborhoods and growth, sports, public school education, his education at Georgia Institute of Technology (in detail), the Temple bombing, and circumstances around Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy, clubs and synagogues (mostly the Temple), and the civil rights movement including how integration was achived at Rich's. He discusses in details prominent members of the business, religious and political community in Atlanta (both Jewish and non-Jewish) including Richard Rich, Walter Rich, Frank Neely, Jimmy Carter, Ralph McGill, Rabbi Marx, Rabbi Rothschild, and others. The recall of the development and growth of Rich's department store is very informative.

OHC-Alvin Meinhardt Ferst Jr.

Alvin Meinhard Ferst Jr. (1922 - ) - Oral History

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