Brighton Beach Memoirs

By: Daniel Sutherland

The Great Depression

The Great Depression began in the year 1929 and lasted until 1939. Basically it was a period in time where money was incredibly tight in homes across America. The Depression occurred due to the stock market crash of 1929. The crash devastated over 15,000,000 people, leaving them with no job to support themselves or others. The Depression era officially ended in 1939 due to WWII.

The Great Depression devastated thousands of families in ways that money cant fix.

Colleges in the 1930's

  College in the 1930's was not something that was on the minds of most teenagers. Their only worries were school, and getting a job to support their families. The tuition for a college in the 30's was about, $615 in total expenses. A room and board cost was about $520. The books cost about $35, and clothing (uniforms) cost about another $260. In the 1930's the school year lasted only 6-8 months. In the 30's black children were segregated in colleges. In the 1930's teachers at most were paid $70, nowadays teachers get paid up to $40,233. The mascot of the the Ohio University is "Brutus the Buckeye."

The cost of gas in the 30's was 10 cents. Food cost was an average of 6-10 dollars. The cost of a brand new car was about $700.

Stan's apology letter

Dear Mr. Stroheim

  I am writing this letter as an apology for sweeping up dirt on your freshly shined shoes. I was only standing up for my principles. I now understand that I can't always rely on those. I would be willing to shine them for you again, free of charge!

I was raised to believe that you should always stand up for what you know is right. I guess this time I was wrong. I know that this shouldn't help but I had just lost my dog that morning before work. Her name was Crow, because she had no brains like a scarecrow. Bless her heart.

Anyways Mr. Stroheim, you should hire me back because I am a really hard worker who loves his job (and his boss). It was just a little mistake i made that will never happen again. I swear on my families' life it will never ever happen again .

  -Your favorite employee, Stanley

Broadway show

The hit musical Rock of Ages first hit the stage on July 27, 2005 in Los Angeles California. The ticket price for the show was/is $87. An interesting fact about the play is, every song in the play is an original rock and roll song from that era. Ex: Don't stop believing, Hit me with your best shot, Sister Christian, and even Here I go again. The Broadway show was made into a movie in 2012 and Starred Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russel Brand, and Catherine Zeta Jones.


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