Arthur Marx, son of Groucho Marx
Everyone was in [the market] in those days, in the Roaring Twenties. It seemed like an easy way to make money… “The market’ll just keep up and up and up.” And, of course, the market, when it had its big crash, everything was worth practically nothing, including all of my father’s money, which was about $250,000, which was a lot of money in those days…
[My father] told me… that he took a tip from a bellhop in a hotel, the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Boston, and the guy said, “Buy this stock. It’s going to go up. It’s down two points. Buy it. It’s a good buy.” So he went out and bought $50,000 worth of something and, of course, it went down again to nothing… He said that everybody was giving tips, the doorman and the caddies on the golf course and everybody was in the market. And they all learned the hard way.
Explore how Orson Welles' genius use of the new medium of radio struck fear into an already anxious nation.
The story of Chicago's dramatic transformation from a swampy frontier town to a massive metropolis in the nineteenth century.
in 1931, Grace Hubbard Fortescue received a one-hour sentence for murdering a local Hawaiian accused of raping her daughter.
In 1969, homosexuality was illegal in almost every state... but that was about to change. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Television game shows became an instant national phenomenon in 1955, but four years later contestant Charles van Doren admitted they were a scam.