"Also, I'd be careful of how history is portrayed and passed on. Also, I'd be careful of how people (in general) have selective memories and exaggerated storytelling tendencies."Funny how people that didn't experience the Depression (or WWII, for that matter) are inclined to diminish those events. I grew up during the Depression and it didn't begin to end until lend-lease started and then WWII. I was 12 when the war started. Lived in a small blue collar town surrounded by oil refineries, powder plants and smelting plants. Everyone that could, worked and it was very hard dirty physical work.Men carpooled to work; there were no hospital or dental benefits; social security was new; pensions were few and far between; local stores carried credit - no credit cards; no freeways; telephones were two party; closest hospital was 20 miles away and no ambulances; fire department was all volunteer. Police was 1 motocycle cop. Life was very different, but we had one thing that we don't have now. We had really excellent K-12 schools. Really good!. Today I returned to Pinole, California, to just walk around. There is a plaque at the entrance to the public park and for some reason I wrote it down. It reads: "This plaque is dedicated to the young men of Pinole who gave their lives in World War II to keep our country free" Listed below were six names. I knew them all.I'd be careful about suggesting that people from that era have 'selective memories' and are inclined to 'exaggeration'. The young men on that plaque, who suffered through the Depression and died in a war, deserve better.
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