I have landed an interview with two people who are just the right age for my characters. I need to work out what I really want to ask them in order to develop my characters. They are about 6 in 1943, which means WW2 and shortly thereafter, still youngsters come Korea. By vietnam the males (and some females I'm guessing) will be of age to enlist/be drafted. So, that being the case, and knowing I will be speaking with others, what sorts of questions should I be asking? So far I have... How old were you during each war? What was common for you to wear as a child? Did the girls wear shorts and slacks or still only dresses as fashion was changing at this stage. What were common games you played on the playground in first grade, 4th/5th grade. What were common things to do as a teenager? (not sure I feel comfortable asking strangers about teenage sexuality but I'm just going to assume, it was the 50s and rock and roll was a live). If your father was drafted, how did he tell you he was going? Did he write home? Did you write him? How did you feel about this? Where you afraid? Was it a non issue? Was he drafted more than once? How did your mother handled her spouse being away? What did the community do at the return of the soldiers? Was there community at the death of one? When old enough for the draft, were you drafted? Was your lover? Where did you? Explain the emotions of leaving, of seeing your first bit of combat? Where you, your lover or your parent harmed at war? What did you/your father/or your lover do as an MO in the military? For those left stateside, what did your mother/you do? Explain the process of an air raid drill, and what you thought during these sessions. O.k. I want this to be fun and not overbearing, but I want the experience behind it. Am I missing any important questions? Anyone here who wants to input answers feel free as well.