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Faces of Amarillo No. 5 - Depression (1987)

Panhandle PBS

Sound | 1987

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  •  W.W. “Windy” Nicklaus reflects on the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression 
  •  Kathrine Kirk Wilson on how teachers were paid in script during the Depression 
  •  Theo Zweig on how the Depression hurt his family’s business 
  •  Stanley Blackburn on how his family attempted to survive during the Depression 
  •  Dr. George Waddill on bartering practices 
  •  Ray Hollingsworth on gas prices and where cheap food could be found 
  •  Dr. Allen Early on the development of Thompson Park and how it put people to work 
  •  Dr. Pete Petersen and Pete Gilvin on the WPA 
  •  Dust storms and drought during the Dust Bowl 
  •  Positive memories during the Depression, such as football games on Saturday afternoons at Butler Field 
  •  Putt Powell on Amarillo Sandie championship games 
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This is a segment from the Faces of Amarillo documentary series that aired on Panhandle PBS, a television station in Amarillo, in March 1987. “Depression” discusses how Amarillo fared during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. Interviews with residents discuss the hardship they faced with unemployment, agricultural losses, and money troubles. Also discussed are some of the better days of the Depression, including the football games and the WPA projects of the New Deal era. This film was produced by Lynanlary Production and Amarillo College Television.