Starting as a projectionist and view of the Chief (Bill Pearson)

Joan Pearson interviewed by Richard Wallace

Projectionist Bill Pearson describes his move from working in New Street Station to becoming a projectionist. He also talks about striving for the job of Chief Projectionist.

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When I left at 14 I was mad on trains so I went to New Street Station for a job. I got one and landed in a booking office and never saw a train at all. So I packed that up, saw a slide at the Orient Astor and I thought, oh, I like this. Yes. I was always fond of reading history and geography. And films. And seeing places so I thought I’ll have a go so I was trainee number two. There was co-fourth, fourth, co-third, third, co-second. And the main one, Chief, I noticed he did nothing. And I thought, that’s worth striving for. He was never there and he never did anything wrong, you did. I thought, oh, thank god one day I’ll be chief. So I stuck it until I was promoted. Oh, because by that time I was chief, but I had to run everything, I had to do everything myself. So that thought of doing nothing didn’t apply.

Title

Starting as a projectionist and view of the Chief (Bill Pearson)

Subject

Description

Projectionist Bill Pearson describes his move from working in New Street Station to becoming a projectionist. He also talks about striving for the job of Chief Projectionist.

Source

Interview with Joan and Bill Pearson

Publisher

University of Warwick

Date

21/03/2017

Format

.mp3

Language

English

Type

Sound recording

Coverage

1950s
Birmingham

Interviewer

Richard Wallace
Rebecca Harrison

Interviewee

Joan Pearson
Bill Pearson

Date of Interview

21/07/2016

Location

Birmingham

Transcription

When I left at 14 I was mad on trains so I went to New Street Station for a job. I got one and landed in a booking office and never saw a train at all. So I packed that up, saw a slide at the Orient Astor and I thought, oh, I like this. Yes. I was always fond of reading history and geography. And films. And seeing places so I thought I’ll have a go so I was trainee number two. There was co-fourth, fourth, co-third, third, co-second. And the main one, Chief, I noticed he did nothing. And I thought, that’s worth striving for. He was never there and he never did anything wrong, you did. I thought, oh, thank god one day I’ll be chief. So I stuck it until I was promoted. Oh, because by that time I was chief, but I had to run everything, I had to do everything myself. So that thought of doing nothing didn’t apply.

Original Format

Group interview

Duration

00:01:10

Bit Rate/Frequency

320kbps

Cinema

Orient Cinema, Aston, Birmingham

Citation

The Projection Project, “Starting as a projectionist and view of the Chief (Bill Pearson),” Projection Project, accessed May 22, 2019, https://projectionproject.warwick.ac.uk/items/show/468.

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