1. What was the goal of the Dictionary of American English field workers?
[caption id="attachment_3325" align="aligncenter" width="300"] During the first few months of fieldwork, mechanical problems were a common nuisance. The most frequent source of trouble was the … reel-to-reel tape recorder….[/caption]
The field workers were asking people to answer a survey. The questions were aimed at finding out the different words people use in various parts of the United States. They also recorded the voices of people reading a story aloud to compare pronunciation across the country.
2. What is a Word Wagon?
The DARE researchers traveled in refurbished mid-1960s Dodge vans that they dubbed “Word Wagons.” In the Makis’ van, the dinette table and seats would convert to a double bed. Their young daughter Carina’s bed attached above the front seats. The van contained a hand-pump sink, icebox, portable stove, and white-gas catalytic heater.
3. How did Reino Maki come to park overnight on an artillery range?
[caption id="attachment_3326" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Early the next morning … I awoke to the booming of artillery.[/caption]
Traveling alone, Maki would make use of roadside rest areas or secluded parking spots for sleeping. Sometimes, however, his choice of an alternative campsite was not always fortunate, as he discovered at Fort Sill. He drove down a dark road and camped on the range where the army was testing that morning.