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Lou Fleming was interviewed by Jen Page on July 4, 1996. Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1949, Fleming began his career at the Smithsonian in 1973 as a laborer at the Arts and Industries Building and the Castle. He is now the Mobile Equipment Foreman at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). This interview discusses Fleming's duties as a laborer at the Arts and Industries and Castle buildings, notably his responsibility for the owls in the Castle, his work with antique furniture, and how he learned about Smithsonian and general history on the job; the uses of the Castle when Fleming began his job; and colleagues Franklin Underwood, Claude Russell, Mr. Mansfield Coates, and Mr. Charles Shields. The interview also covers the NASM collections before the current building was constructed, working at several Inauguration parties, famous people he has met on the job, how he got his job at the Smithsonian, his first impressions of the Institution, his first day of work, a typical day of work, how his job has changed since he began, the machines he uses, the cleaning of the airplanes at NASM, the Spirit of St. Louis, working for the Smithsonian as compared to a government or private company, and the challenges of safety on the job.