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Profiles: Charles MacArthur
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
Western New York state
I had never been down to the rail yard, but everybody told us about some code on the rails where you could get food. We lived right next door to the church in the parsonage. Dad was a Methodist minister.
I went to the movies. Four times in a year was the most we ever could afford to go to the movies. And it cost 12 and 15 cents for admission, so money was terribly tight. The two things we wanted to see ... cartoons were shown at that time once every couple of movies. Whenever a cartoon came on the screen, all of the kids would cheer. Now when I see cartoons on television I say “What, a damn cartoon again?”
Interview by Michael Lawson
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