Longtime Friends On First Memories, Maintaing A Friendship, And Not Buying A Mountain

Jun 18, 2018

Karen Collier and Monica Smith in 2018

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin in January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Karen Collier and Monica Smith met in 1968, when Karen’s family moved and she enrolled in Butterfield Elementary, a small country school on Highway 277 outside of Abilene. She met Monica on her first day at school, and the two quickly began a friendship that is now fifty years old. The two sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth this January, and shared some memories.

Karen Collier and Monica Smith in 1968

This piece was produced for KUT by Michael Lee with interviews recorded at StoryCorps, a national nonprofit with a mission to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives. 

Thank you to our sponsors of StoryCorps' visit to Austin: Cap Metro and We Are Blood