Alligator Preserves Episode 16: What Makes a Man?

What will you be doing when you’re 85 years old?

In this episode, Laurel visits with her friend’s 85-year-old father–Bill Olson–and tries to determine why he still works every . . . single . . . day.

This is Laurel’s first attempt at curating a story from a last-minute decision to record an unplanned visit. She doesn’t plan to leave her home without her Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System with Deluxe Accessory Bundle ever!

Show Notes:

  • Bill Olson…still working… in his office on the Occoquan

    Laurel visits with 85-year-old Bill Olson and tries to determine what makes this Minnesota-raised man “tick”

  • Bill’s work on a farm arranged through the Vo-Ag program at his high school
  • crops and animals and processing
  • How he was treated in the family of seven and working with more than just animals and crops
  • Slaughtering pigs and eating fresh liver
  • Bill’s father built their home in 1919
  • Bill’s mother was one of 6 girls. They made a marriage pact
  • Bill shares a scary memory of murder in Minnesota
  • Me and my buddy Kristi, Bill’s daughter, in sunny…cold…Woodbridge, VirginiaScary memory from his youth
  • Early work experience
  • High School, College, and the Korean War
  • The only love of his life, and marriage
  • Kristi returns!
  • Next episode:


Having a chuckle with Bill at his granddaughter Kjersti’s wedding in Virginia, July 18, 2015. It was warm then!


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Laurel lives and laughs and publishes and podcasts in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! She has published several multi-genre books and hosts the podcast "Alligator Preserves," where she interviews fascinating people, talks about the human condition, and shares scary stories from her "Dark Ebb" collection.

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