Larry Smith

Larry Smith Oral History Interview

Caption for above photo but unrelated to this Oral Interview: Park visitors aren’t the only ones victimized by the look alikes. At times Larry and Lloyd have swapped name tags and traded work assignments, “but I never tell anyone about that,” deadpans Lloyd. People who look closely find the Smiths are highly similar but not identical. Larry is slightly taller and thinner. Larry parts his hair on right to left; Lloyd from left to right. Confustion exists. Lloyd, who lives in Grants Pass was recently in Jacksonville, Larry’s home city. The principal from Larry’s elementary school saw Lloyd, assumed it was Larry, and began talking about how life at Crater Lake must agree with him because “Larry” had put on some weight and looked much healthier. It works both ways. Lloyd, who is also a teacher, was greeted by some of Larry’s former students wanting to chat. “It took me 10 minutes to convince them who I was,” remembers Lloyd. The confusion began when the Smiths were born in 1940 in Los Angeles.

Interviewer: Stephen R. Mark, Crater Lake National Park Historian

Interview Location and Date: Jacksonville, Oregon, February 10, 1989

Transcription: Transcribed by Chris Prout, August 1997

Biographical Summary (from the interview introduction)