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Sometimes we aren’t thankful enough for our successes. The world has gotten to be a strange and dangerous place. In my talk yesterday, I discussed how now is the perfect time to be a writer. And who can forget the 2008-2009 time when we were worried the stock market would crash and there’d be war right around the corner? Some writers wrote their best works, and great movies were produced during another dangerous time.

Here’s what was happening some 70+ years ago:

Major Political/World Events:
Franco and his Nationalists won the Spanish Civil War
            Germany and
Italy sign the “Pact of Steel”
annexes remaining Czech territories, Czech Republic is dissolved
occupies Albania
border war erupts
pact formed
invades Poland (beginning WWII)
France, India, Australia and New Zealand declare war on Germany
            US decides
to remain neutral, but begins to arm for war to help ease
of the depression
attacks Finland
            USSR is
expelled from the League of Nations (precursor to UN)
Albert Einstein writes letter to
FDR about the possibility of an atomic bomb
and the Manhattan
Project is launched


Other background for those times:
World Leaders are:
            USSR:              Joseph Stalin
            UK                   Neville Chamberlain
            USA:                Franklin D. Roosevelt
            Japan:             goes through 4 in less than 8
            Australia:        goes through 4 in less than 5 months
            Germany:       Adolf Hitler
            Italy:               Benito Mussolini
And then some major accomplishments:


            Gone With
The Wind is made from Margaret Mitchell’s book in 1936
            Heinkel He
178 is the first jet aircraft to fly
Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath
            Of Mice and
Men was made
Jefferson Memorial is started in Washington, DC
Packard is formed
            The first
air conditioner is offered in a car: Packard
            New York
World’s Fair is hosted by US
Here’s what things cost:
            Average new
home price: $3,800.
wages per year: $1,730.
            Cost of a
gallon of Gas:  10 cents
cost to rent a house:  $28. Per month
            Loaf of
bread:  8 cents
Hamburger:   14 cents
            Average new
car:  $700.
            Toaster:  $16.
            Due to
increased usage, cost of electricity is cut ½ in 10 years
Do you know that people thought publishing houses and the movie studios were done? That no new books would be printed, movies made?
They were wrong then. They are wrong now. Keep Writing!!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I love that shirt. And another great blog. People don't look back at history as much as they should. You have to remember the past while you look ahead to the future.

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