The Roaring Twenties
1920's & 1930's
1927 sees it's first affordable car for most American's at under $300!
St. Valentines Day Massacre is a blood bath
The Charleston dance is sweeping the nation
A severe drought brings about a "black blizzard" that began in 1931, now known as the Dust Bowl.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his first ever Fireside Chat today, March 12th, 1933.
The movie, King Kong is very successful
Ms. Garbo: I was born on September 18th, 1905 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Me: When did you begin your acting career?
Ms. Garbo: Well, my daddy died when I was 14 years old. My family was struggling so I began modeling at age 14 to help support my family. I got my first acting job in 1921, in a Swedish Film. I was in all silent films until my first speaking roll in the movie, "Anna" in 1930.
Me: Ms. Garbo, what is your greatest accomplishment as an actress?
Ms. Garbo: Probably when I was nominated for an Academy Award for my role in the movie Anna.
Mr. Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock: I was born Alfred Joseph Hitchcock on August 13th, 1899 in London, England.
Me: When are you best known for?
Hitchcock: I'm best known for directing suspense movies. My first film that i'm known for was called "Pleasure Garden" in 1925, but I started working in the film industry in 1920.
Me: Do you have any nicknames:
Hitchcock: I am known as the "Master of Suspense" because suspense movies are my specialty.
President Coolidge: Sure. I was born John Calvin Coolidge in Vermont on July 4th, 1872. I went to Amherst College and graduated with honors. I went on to become the 30th president of the United States on August 3rd, 1923.
Me: Mr. President, what would you say is one of your greatest accomplishments as president.
President Coolidge: Well, I was the first president to ever make a public radio address to the American people. I did this in 1924, one year into my presidency. I also helped create the Federal Radio Commission.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Roosevelt: You're welcome.
Me: Mr. President, can you please tell me a little about yourself?
President Roosevelt: Surely. I was born in 1882 in New York. I attended Harvard University and Columbia Law School. On March 17th, 1905, I married my wife, Eleanor.
Me: You were elected as the 32nd president of the United States in November of 1932. Can you tell me what your greatest challenge and greatest accomplishments as president have been, thus far?
President Roosevelt: Good question. The greatest challenge has definitely been dealing with the great depression. I would have to say that my greatest accomplishment as president has been my ability to bring promise to the American people during this difficult time.
Ms. West: I'd love to. I was born Mary Jane West in Queens, NY on September 17th, 1893. I was born to entertain. At a very young age, I enjoyed imitating people in my family, just to make them laugh. I knew I was destined for Hollywood as a kid.
Me: When did you become an actress?
Ms. West: Well, I started acting in my early 20's, but i didn't make it big until 1930 whenI was in the movies, "She Done Him Wrong" and "I'm No Angel".
Me: What would you say has been your greatest challenge in life?
Ms. West: My greatest challenge was having parents that didn't believe acting was a legitimate career. It took them a long time to accept my acting as a career, especially because of the "sexy harlot' roles I often take.
Congressman Long: Well, I was born in 1893, but an interesting thing about me is that despite being a high school dropout, I taught myself all about law and was able to get my law degree in less than a year.
Me: Wow, that is quite an accomplishment! What else would you say was another one of your accomplishments?
Congressman Long: After being elected to congress in 1930, I did work hard for the poor. I started a program called "Share the Wealth" that assured everyone a yearly income of $5000. I believe that the rich and privileged should help to take care of the less fortunate.