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Title: Jim M. Tanimoto Interview
Narrator: Jim M. Tanimoto
Interviewers: Tom Ikeda (primary); Barbara Takei (secondary)
Location: Gridley, California
Date: December 10, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-tjim-01-0026

JT: Another time, I met my high school coach. In my younger days, I was never a big guy, so I never got to join the varsity. I played on the B team or something like that, baseball, basketball, and I knew this high school coach real well. And Mori had gone through him, and he knew Mori real well. Well, anyhow, one day, I saw him, and I went up to him and stuck out my hand, and he looked me and he says, "You're on the wrong side." And that really bothered me. I still remember that, but he turned his back and walked away. And he was still teaching school at that time. And eventually, he quit teaching school and he became a peach farmer like us. And I think we had a peach meeting, and he was there, I was there. And I saw him coming towards me. And he started to say something and I says, "Get out of my face and just go to hell. I'm not talking to you." And I turned around and walked away from him that time. And all I know is that, I remember that. The rest of the stuff might be vague, but I distinctly remember that, that he wouldn't shake my hand. He just told me I was on the wrong side. And then I could see if somebody didn't know me, for the first time, and I put my hand out, I could see something like that happening. But for somebody that knew me that well, and told me that, looked me right in the eye and told me I'm on the wrong side, and he turned his back and walked away. For some reason, that still stays in my mind.

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