Gray, Johnny 1971-01-06

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Johnny Gray, lifelong resident of Amarillo, recalls life there as a teenager during the Depression of the 1930s and particularly describes the dust storms.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Johnny Gray

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: January 6 and June 23, 1971

Location: Amarillo, Texas

Interviewer: David Nail

Length: 45 minutes


Abstract

Tape 1, Side 1: A. D. Payne murder case discussed, Describes jail cell following Payne’s suicide, Availability of jobs for young people in the 1930s examined, Drugstores played tricks on the kids, School days in the 1930s recalled, Teachers thawed out hands of students who had no gloves, Price of hamburgers and movies given, Remembers getting a new bicycle tire, Describes Christmas of 1933 when he hoped for a bicycle, Entertainment during highs school days explained, Expresses attitude toward Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal, Entertainment for young people discussed (again), Price of hamburgers and cokes in late 1930s, Football games recalled, Intense rivalry with Pampa.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Radio stations KGRS and WDAG discussed, Movie theaters recalled, Various games used to attract patrons, Home Owners Loan Corporation program described, Remembers 25 cent plate lunches, Radio programs popular in the 1930s listed, Description of dust storms, Precautions taken when a storm approached.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1930-1939

Bulk Dates: 1930-1939


Access Information

Original Recording Format: 1/4" audio reel to reel tape

Recording Format Notes: digitized March 2016, audio cd available in Reading Room

Transcript: no



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