The Roaring Twenties

1920's & 1930's

1927 sees it's first affordable car for most American's at under $300!

The Ford Company made a car called the Model T, originally in 1908, which sold for $850. This car, now known as Tin Lizzy, has recently dropped it's price to less than $300, making it the first affordable car for most Americans. The Tin Lizzy was created by Mr. Robert Ford in 1908 with a hand crank starter. Today, in 1927, this vehicle has a batter powered starter, reaches speeds of up to 45 mph and is now priced at under $300, making it the first affordable car for most Americans.

St. Valentines Day Massacre is a blood bath

At 10:30 am today, February 14th, 1929, 7 men were gunned down in a garage at 2122 North Clark Street, right here in Chicago. Four men dressed as police officers raided the garage, posing as policemen, ordering the men of George "Bugs" Moran's gang to give up their weapons, rendering them helpless. Each man was shot over 15 times in the head and torso. There are rumors that this is the result of a long battle between notorious gangster Al Capone and Bugs Moran. The interesting thing in this is that the intended target of this mass murder, Bugs Moran, was late to the garage, saw police cars and chose to stay outside. As a result, he was never hurt in the murders. Police are investigating the murders of the 7 men.

The Charleston dance is sweeping the nation

After appearing in the Broadway show, Runnin Wild, in 1923, with the song, The Charleston by James P. Johnson, the dance, The Charleston, has become wildly popular. It is a dance that can be done alone, in a group or with a partner. The people that are here with me at the Pickwick Club here in Boston, are enjoying this new dance because it's one of the first dances that involves moving the arms and whole upper body as well as the legs. Everyone here is having a great time doing the Charleston.

A severe drought brings about a "black blizzard" that began in 1931, now known as the Dust Bowl.

A severe drought that began in 1931 in the Midwestern and Southern Plains has continued through 1939. As I stand here today, reporting from outside in the much needed rain that has finally brought an end to this 8 year drought, now known as the Dust Bowl. The drought caused all of the crops to die and the dust from the over-plowed land had blown all over the US, covering almost 75% of the country, 27 states. Kids, as well as adults, were walking around in masks because it was so difficult to breathe. The Dust Bowl made some of the most simple tasks so difficult because it is so hard to see, breathe and even eat in a constant state of darkness and dust. The people around me are so happy to see this rainfall. They are so happy that they are dancing outside in the rain.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his first ever Fireside Chat today, March 12th, 1933.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his first of whats being called a series of radio addresses, also being called "Fireside Chats, today. In his first Fireside Chat, he addressed the US citizens and explained to them the current situation of our banks and why he chose to close them for the first bank holiday. This time will allow the banks to get money available for the citizens who are choosing to withdraw their money from the banks. The banks will begin open slowly in the next few days, and will continue to open each day until they are all opened.

The movie, King Kong is very successful

The movie, King Kong, in theaters this year, 1933 has become a very popular movie. It stars actress Fay Wray who plays the blonde beauty that is captured by the 50 foot ape, King Kong. This movie was produced and directed by Merien C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schaedsack. Movie goers are raving about the movie, especially the scene where King Kong is holding Fay while towering over the Empire State Building!

Greta Garbo

Me: Ms. Garbo, when were you born?

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

Me: Mr. Hitchcock, can you please tell me your full name?

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.

Calvin Coolidge

Me: Mr. President, Can you please tell me a little about yourself:

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

Me: Thank you for allowing me to interview you, President 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.

Mae West

Me: I'm so excited to meet you, Ms. West. Can you please tell me about yourself?

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.

Huey Long

Me: Congressman Long, can you tell me something interesting about yourself?

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.