Life on the West Side

Over the years, I sometimes wondered. Did she ever grow up to become a “movie star?”


As we entered, the 1930’s, America began its slide downward into the Great Depression—the longest, cruelest and most devastating economic crisis in our nation’s history.

My mother gamely faced the harsh reality of her situation. It was a time of sky rocketing unemployment— with people scrambling for fewer and fewer jobs. And  here she was, a 34-year-old single mother with an eight- year-old kid, almost no education, no job training, no money, no alimony, no car, no place to go—and no idea of what was to come.

Chapter 4:  Hard Times

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