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Profiles: Frank Luke
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
It is as it is now, except now it’s much more expanded in that there were the haves, as in any city, and the have-nots. I understood that we were on the have-nots side even though, like I say, I didn’t feel deprived. I would often in my school days take a bus ride that would take me through the residential area that was really upscale, just to enjoy that feeling. Not really being envious, but recognizing that there was a real big difference — the way they lived and the way I lived.
My mother told that there was a 10-year period of recovery, and I think that they’re talking about it like that now. As far as similarities go, I can imagine that there was a whole lot of similarities about joblessness, about mortgages not being met, about the employment situation, about salaries and so forth. But in those days I don’t know if people were that sour about things and that angry. But that’s only my unscientific observation.
Interview by Michael Lawson
This profile was produced with help from sources in the Public Insight Network from American Public Media.