Thursday Night at the Bingo

Recorded in Wallingford, CT.
Premiered August 23, 1992, on All Things Considered.

The first time Beverly Donofrio accompanied her mother to her weekly bingo night, she was shocked. Instead of finding a group of genteel older ladies showing one another pictures of their grandchildren, she found what she calls "bingo cronies" in a smoke-filled hall. The players were competitive, cranky, and impatient. "Not all of them are rude," explained Beverly's mother. "But a majority of them are." Five years later, Beverly gave it another shot, and this time it was different. She discovered the joy of playing bingo at her mother's side.

Reporter: Beverly Donofrio / Producer: Dave Isay / Engineer: Caryl Wheeler.

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