En español | On the morning of Aug. 14, 1935, Americans awoke in a country vastly different from the one we know today. The Great Depression had brought us to the point where, in the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “one-third of the nation [was] ill-housed, ill-clad [and] ill-nourished.”
In the early 1970s, Ralph Waite, who passed away on Feb. 13 at age 85 in Palm Desert, Calif., already had a solid acting career on Broadway when he was offered a role in a new series. It was to play the father in a rural family who made it through the travails of the Great Depression by sticking to their simple, homespun virtues. It didn't sound that appealing to Waite, who was accustomed to more challenging, edgy stage roles. But his agent reportedly urged him to grab the chance to make a few extra bucks from Hollywood while he had the chance, since The Waltons was likely to be a short-lived flop.
I won't tell you the name of my bank, but I will tell you this: it's the oldest in the state; it didn't use account numbers until the Federal Reserve forced it to; it has 25 branches, all within easy driving distance of one another; and every employee at the branch I use - from manager to teller - knows me by name.
Data from the 1940 U.S. census became available to the public online yesterday"”and interest was so great it nearly crashed the National Archives website.
The general session at the annual conference of the American Society on Aging (ASA), "Aging in America," kicked off with a tribute to the men and women of the Greatest Generation. ASA received an award for their role in supporting the creation of the "Spirit of `45 Day," a new effort to bring generations together to preserve the legacy of the Greatest Generation.
I am in love with this woman. Clara, 93-year old cook and great grandmother, not only shows us how food was cooked during the Great Depression, but tells us stories from her childhood during that time. It's a wonderful way to learn how to cook while listening to some intriguing tales. You can also check out her website here.
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