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StoryCorps: James and Doug Bost

From: StoryCorps
Series: StoryCorps
Length: 01:58

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James Bost remembers his father, a salesman during the Great Depression, in an interview with his son Doug.

Bost_small The current financial crisis has been called the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. And it has brought back memories for 86-year-old James Bost (Bossed).

Bost's father worked as a truck salesman during those lean years. Recently, he told his son, Doug, about his memories of that time...

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The current financial crisis has been called the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. And it has brought back memories for 86-year-old James Bost (Bossed).

Bost's father worked as a truck salesman during those lean years. Recently, he told his son, Doug, about his memories of that time...

Broadcast History

NPR's Morning Edition 1.30.09

Transcript

JB: When I was nine-years-old, and that was about 1932, my dad was working twenty-four seven to make it. There were seven truck salesmen within my father's area or domain. And six of them we fired. There was only one left, and that was my father. And he busted himself to keep that job. And, that brought on a heart attack. He recovered and, uh, did something that still sticks with me. He went into the bank, and he said, 'I want to withdraw my money.' And, the teller gave him a hard time. They had windows with, uh, big iron bars, vertical bars. And my dad was, uh, he had a temper, he got so agitated and he took a hold of the bars. And he scared the teller, no question about it. And the teller brought his money to him. He put into a suitcase and he went into the backyard of the house where we lived. He dug a large hole about four feet deep and buried that suitcase. No one knew anything abou...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

"The financial crisis has been called the worse economic downturn since the great depression...

...and it's brought back some memories for 86-year-old James Bost. He recorded some of his recollections through the StoryCorps project.

Bost told his son a story about his OWN father, who was a salesman during the depression.

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""When I was nine years old... I can't forget it."" 2:06

OUTRO:

James Bost with his son, Doug, at StoryCorps in New York City.

Their story -- and all the others -- are archived at the Library of Congress.

Get the Podcast at NPR-dot-ORG.

[STORYCORPS FUNDER]"

Additional Credits

Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NPR

Related Website

http://www.storycorps.net/listen