"My father taught the elephant to pick my mother up by the head by first introducing a bowling ball. He was the elephant trainer in a small traveling circus and my mother was a run-away dancer who joined his act on the road. I came along a year later. And that's how I came to spend my first five years of life in the nine-by-nine front compartment of an elephant trailer traveling with the circus," began a story folklorists Michael and Carrie Kline recorded in their kitchen in Elkins. They will offer their fifth annual class in oral history gathering from the evening of May 29 and then from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30 through June 6. "Listening for a Change: Oral History and Appalachian Heritage" will focus on the folklife and life stories of Randolph and Tucker county people.