Gray, Johnny 1971-01-06

From SWC Oral History Collection
Revision as of 19:24, 19 June 2019 by Elissa (talk | contribs)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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


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

Thank you for your interest in this oral history interview. Our oral history collection is available to patrons in the Southwest Collection's Reading Room, located on the campus of Texas Tech University. For reading room hours, visit our website. Please contact Reference Staff at least one week prior to your visit to ensure the oral history you are interested in will be available. Due to copyright issues, duplications of our oral histories can only be made for family members. If an oral history transcript has been made available online, the link will be provided on this page. More information on accessing our oral histories is located here. Preferred citation style can be found here.