Marjorie attended Strayer University where she learned how to type. This led to a clerk job at the Pentagon. Marjorie's husband, Richard Blank, was a Navy sailor. They met at a dance in Washington, D.C. and were married in 1953. They moved to Vienna soon after. Richard eventually became a Town employee, working as the Town printer as well as in Public Works. They had four children; their only daughter, Jan Clarke, also joined the interview, offering a multi-generational view on Vienna.
Jan also remembers how "sleepy" Vienna was. As teenagers, though, she and her friends made their own fun--chatting at Pizza Fair, swimming in Lake Audubon, and of course shopping at the newly-opened Tyson's Corner Mall. She relates how different daily life was back then compared to now.
The family also shares fond memories of town activities, including the Fire Department Carnival and Vienna's 75th Anniversary in 1965.
Vienna During Marjorie's Childhood--Sanitary, Doc Bradford's (Bradfield's), Faulkner's
Learning to Type and Working at the Pentagon
Daily Life in "The Sleepy Little Town"
The Fire Department Carnival
Telephone Party Lines
Jan's Childhood in Vienna
Current and Former Vienna Businesses and Restaurants
Vienna's 75th Anniversary and the Bicentennial
Tyson's Corner Mall
Vienna Development: The Beltway, Route 66, Yeonas Building Company
Feelings About Vienna
Interviewers Caroline Gardiner and Virginia Harness