Left, courtesy of George Franz; right, photo by Kyoko Takenaka for the Investigative Reporting Workshop
Profiles: George and Marge Franz
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
George Franz (born 1921) and Marge Franz (born 1922)
George: My older brother, five years older, couldn’t find a job at 16. He got a job at Westinghouse, and was there for 44 years. He started at 26 cents an hour, and paid 14 cents in streetcar fare to get him a job. People did anything for a job.
They weren’t looking for high-paying jobs. They were looking for jobs that provided security. In my time, you’d advise your child to look for a job that would last a lifetime. Nobody was thinking about being an executive.
I don’t find what’s happening today to be a comparison.
Marge: I got the feeling that things were hard on everyone.
Interview by Michael Lawson