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``Never learn to type,'' Mother said. 1 (8)
``Once they find out you can type, they
never let you do anything else.''
``Politics was a very intimate thing. All 9 (3)
the devils were real.''
Col. Barney Oldfield
``I felt certain that every single person 12 (5)
in the world had come there that night.''
Judith Balaban Quine
``I wanted to die, but dying is not that 17 (4)
The Works Progress Administration 21 (70)
``I'm reaping in tears what I sowed in, 22 (4)
Frances Carter, WPA
``...off we went to the cheers of all those 26 (5)
Stanley K. Sheinbaum
``Rudolph Valentino died of 31 (3)
``...a view that enhanced romance.'' 34 (3)
``I have not been to school lately. I get 37 (3)
tired and feel sick.''
``... there rose one of the most chilling 40 (2)
sounds I have ever I heard: the mingled
cries, moans, shouts, even screams...''
``I'm Amelia Earhart,'' she said She put 42 (18)
down the bags and gestured like a boy.
``These are for you.''
Shirley Temple Black
``He didn't like to see me with a black 60 (2)
eye. It upset him too much.''
Mrs. Brittain's boarding house, WPA ``It 62 (6)
ain't no wonder that you're a window''
``They're digging up some bodies.'' 68 (4)
``We're suffering from what I call a 72 (3)
massive Alzheimer's disease. The kids are
not told about the Depression by their
parents...their parents were ashamed...''
``Children are, by and large, as fragile as 75 (6)
Hitler versus the 1932 Buick 81 (1)
``For me 1936 was a very good year.'' 82 (2)
``...we had no Hebrew school or Sunday 84 (2)
school. At home I learned about the Jews.''
Rabbi Leonard Beerman
``At the age of 14 I got married, and I 86 (4)
want to say that's another thing I don't
believe in: child marriages.''
Lucille Keller Billman
Then, as now, the distinction between 90 (1)
theater and Politics was often a hard Line
The Olympics 91 (48)
``...play the piano well and you'll always 92 (2)
get a bowl of soup... ''
``The Olympian athletes in those days were 94 (9)
a mostly shy lot.''
``My father (Third Prussian Guards 103(2)
Regiment, Iron Cross, war wounded) was not
convinced of the durability of the .Nazi
plague, and so our house and summer Place
were still open.''
``He told me he had decided at the 105(2)
demonstration that he was going to marry
A packinghouse worker, WPA ``The boss comes 107(2)
around lunch time and we make him eat with
us. He likes our gang. Some of the old
Publish women get sore as heck because he
treats us better than them.''
``We decided to do what we had sworn to our 109(8)
families we never would do: take to the
``His eyes were the ones the world used to 117(4)
watch what went on outside its heart.''
``Relief which was what welfare was called 121(6)
in the Depression days, was for the goyim.
To accept a relief stipend was shameful and
degrading to Jews.''
``Time seemed extremely rosy and 127(1)
Adrienne Fontana Henoch
``...a very good year for small town girls 128(1)
and soft summer nights.''
``The folks who lived next door were known 129(5)
to be Republicans. My mother thought that
drove down Property values...''
``It was a very good year for college boys 134(1)
without Independent means.''
``...America and the world discovered 135(1)
``On Friday they walk a narrow Little plank 136(3)
away up in the air and on Saturday, the
sidewalk ain't wide enough for them. They
drink like hell.''
The Holocaust 139(30)
``There was a new law: any few caught 140(1)
kissing a Christian girl would go to jail.
I left Germany in a hurry...''
``...we in Palestine continued more or less 141(1)
with our daily routine.''
``...a more careful reading of Mein Kampf 142(1)
could have Prevented me from becoming an
orphan at such an early age.''
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
``I...live only from day to day, waiting 143(9)
for better times that will come when I am
bigger. Then I'll do only the things that I
want to do.''
Hans Werner Henze
``...there would be a world war f I missed 152(4)
and Landed on a black square, and Peace if
I made it from white to white.''
``My family decided I should continue my 156(5)
education at home, under the watchful eye
of my father...this effort required calmer,
stronger nerves than anyone had under the
circumstances, and we all soon gave up on
``This particular year proved to be a 161(2)
treasure trove for a youngster trying to
shut out the harshness of daily life by
dreaming of kings, queen and real-life
The Reverend Trudy Jarno ``I Looked back at 163(2)
them from Swiss soil and knew my life had
been given back to me.''
``...we are on a vacation from death.'' 165(1)
Dr. Jacob Jupiter
``Some came three, four or five years 166(3)
later. Others died in the camps.''
``Him and Stearns was so- friendly that I 170(5)
guess they used to keep their teeth in the
same glass of water.''
``The Nazis, Fascists and Communists each 175(3)
had enthusiasts in the Dartmouth student
S. Charles Straus
``FDR could put his arms around you with 178(4)
Harry Miles Muheim
``What an arrogant, opinionated, unbearable 182(6)
horse's ass I was.''
``Fake newsreels [depicted] Sinclair as an 188(6)
unwashed, bearded, bomb-throwing...crazed
vegetarian, and a supporter of free love.''
``Mrs. Roosevelt said, ``The presidents so 194(6)
disappointed to miss being with you. I know
he would appreciate it if you would just
pop your heads in at his office upstairs
and say hello. Down the hall from the top
of the stairs, third door on the right.''
``The owners of rooming houses...regarded 200(4)
university dormitories as unfair
``I joined under a Party name, Y.C. London, 204(5)
a sophomaric jest that suggests my state of
``I send you greetings from the Soviet 209(12)
Union by the hand of two dreadful
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
The Stonecutting Culture in Vermont, WPA 221(3)
``I've seen things happen in the quarries
that God never would let happen, not a
Great Depression, WPA ``The country club 224(5)
ladies told stories, then, that would have
made the Italian women of Granite Street
blush with shame.''
Daily Diary 229(28)
``Had a long chat about women with Milt 230(5)
tonight. He says he is more interested in
their minds than their bodies. I told him
I'd make an exception in the case of Emily
``What kept my father's head above 235(6)
water...were the U.S. government and the
``My father conceived the idea of dividing 241(3)
the two 12-hour shifts customary in the oil
fields into four 6-hour shifts. This
doubled the number of men employed.''
Caroline Rose Hunt
``I believe the colored youth of our land 244(7)
has a very hopeful future.''
``We had one dress between us and whoever 251(4)
had a date got that dress.''
Arden S. Russell
``I'm Pointing a cap pistol at the camera 255(2)
and have one foot on the running board: a
shot inspired by Bonnie Parker's pose...''
Finding Oneself 257(30)
``She often berated me as `the child 258(3)
judge.' I thought...it was better to have a
child judge than a judge in her second
``David [Selznick] intervened in our 261(6)
personal lives to try to dissuade Budd
[Schulberg] from marrying a gentile woman
and me from marrying a Jewish one, an
unsuccessful effort in both cases.''
Ring Lardner Jr.
``Gone were the whispered requests of women 267(4)
asking for one of them female rubbers.'
(Useless when her man came home drunk and
``The, first portable microphones took me 271(1)
out on the street talking to people who
were passing by...''
``I didn't realize that the journey begun 272(1)
with a carnival in 1936 would be a detour
around the Depression years.''
``...Mother [stood] on the dock as we 273(4)
departed, waving furious y, calling up to
me: Remember, you are a Cassini! Always
``I was so happy as horseman and rancher 277(2)
that I never wanted to leave it, not even
to go to college.''
``My father denounced people as Nazis if 279(4)
they spoke with a non Jewish accent, like
Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, David Niven,
and the worst of all, Katharine Hepburn.''
``...the three most recognized voices in 283(1)
America. I share this honor with singer
Bing Crosby and President Franklin D.
``The other fellow was a better player than 284(3)
I so it worked out he did more tooting- and
I did more dancing with the assistant dean
Causes of the Great Depression 287(8)
Mr. Skinner of Augusta, Georgia, WPA ``It 288(2)
was Wall Street against the world, along
with a political upheaval, in other words,
a Republican trick.''
``Depression is a state of mind. There was 290(2)
no depression in 1936.''
``My complicated 1940 paper...no one ever 292(3)
read, because it appeared just when Hitler
occupied France, which was too upsetting
event for most people to stoop to reading
something- as abstract as my paper.''
Daily Life 295(42)
``He did get a job maybe two years later, 296(1)
but by then we were used to him.''
``The most fun was playing under the 297(2)
streetlight catching lightning bugs and
making rings that would glow in the dark.''
The Apollo Theater, WPA ``Big dark brown 299(6)
Porto Rico...comes on stage with nothing
covering his nakedness but a brassiere and
panties and shoots twice at Coretta's
``The most memorable news event of 1936 was 305(1)
not the abdication of King Edward VIII...''
Henry Luce III
``How stupid can you be, telling the 306(2)
immigration people that you are going to
work. You should say you are going on a
``I said that I was 23 years old, born in 308(2)
San Francisco, and my birth certificate was
destroyed in the big fire.''
``Who would have picked a tune as a hit 310(2)
possibility after the public had already
heard it in a show and apparently been
perfectly happy to never hear it again?''
``We drove to New York in our last vestige 312(2)
of royalty, a Pierce-Arrow...''
Monica Lewis Lang
``Don't get fresh or I'll kick your ass out 314(7)
of the office....''
``The times we really did fall we didn't 321(3)
know anything was wrong...it feels just the
same when it's an accident as when it's
just part of the act...''
``When the men tired of dancing they would 324(2)
pay the women to stop.''
``Parents disciplined their children back 326(1)
``It looks like ice cream, it tastes like 327(2)
ice cream, and by God, it is ice cream.''
``...50 people came and stayed at our 329(2)
seven-room home. That didn't include the
many others that just came to eat or catch
a few hours of sleep.''
``It was club policy that we dress in a 331(2)
suit or jacket with a shirt and tie, at all
times, both ballpark or hotels.''
``She said breathlessly, `Oh, Forry, I've 333(4)
told a little white lie to get myself a
part in a picture: I've said I can speak
Women's Lives 337(18)
A resident of Harlem, WPA ``They'd catch 338(3)
some sucker, like a Pullman porter or
longshoreman who had been lucky in a game,
and have him jim-clean before the night was
``Alone in the forest at twilight, I lay on 341(4)
my back in the snow,,, and an eerie
sensation came to me... the whole round
planet was at my back and I was one with
``Girls' lives were very different from the 345(2)
Women and cards, WPA Mrs. R: ``If they 347(5)
wouldn't have to see their husbands they
would play all the time.'' Mr. X:
``Sure-they got to see their husbands to
collect the pay.''
``...he was spending more of his time 352(3)
revisiting the few women he had sold
appliances to than with any new customers.''
Doris Haddock, ``Granny D''
Daily Diary 355(8)
``I walked the streets of Berkeley far 356(6)
hours, alternately exhilarated by the
beauty of the discovery, despairing over my
lack of insight...''
Glenn T. Seaborg
``Should I forget living in this modern age 362(1)
and return to 1936, when I was a
comfortable, neurotic 9-year-old...''
Photography/Art Credits 364