Mayflower Residents and Rollins College Student “Record” History

January 18, 2019

Mayflower Residents and Rollins College Student “Record” History

Famed author Stephen King once said, “I think the best stories always end up being about the people rather than the event, which is to say character-driven.”

Resident Mayflower characters Bob and Linda Maraio and Rollins student, Julianna DeSimone had a unique opportunity to do just that. The Maraios met Julianna through The Mayflower’s award-winning intergenerational learning partnership with Rollins College and have stayed in touch as mentors and friends.

The three of them recently shared their story of connecting across the generations with the personal history project StoryCorps. The nonprofit organization stationed its MobileBooth recording studio at the Orlando Museum of Art to capture and preserve our community’s stories.

“Meeting Linda and Bob has been one of the greatest, most fulfilling experiences from my time at Rollins,” said Julianna, a third-year student majoring in business management. “I have learned so much from their wisdom, guidance, and love for one another throughout the past two and a half years.”

“Julianna is a charming and intelligent young woman,” said Linda. “The StoryCorps interview allowed us all to share more about ourselves. We look forward to our continued relationship with Julianna, and expect it to last for a long, long while.”

Their recordings will be preserved for posterity in the StoryCorps Archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. For more information about StoryCorps, visit their website at