“Tonight we are joined by members of four generations of the
Cash family, to celebrate this great honor, this regeneration of the past, this
preservation of its history for future generations; and this acknowledgement of
the New Deal, and how in some ways my family exists because of that service.”
--Rosanne Cash, at the Johnny Cash Music Festival, shown on WHUT, Howard University Television, airdate: February 25, 2012. Festival was designed to help preserve Johnny Cash’s boyhood home & community, Dyess, Arkansas—a New Deal planned community.
--Jamie Stiehm, journalist, 2009, in "The Time Has Come to Reinvent the WPA," U.S. News Digital Weekly 1, no. 39: 18
"Had it not been for Works Progress Administration airport work, air traffic in the United States would have been brought to a practical stop by the advent of the big ships."
--Gill Robb Wilson, then-president of the National Association of Aviation Officials, 1938, in Bonfires to Beacons: Federal Civil Aviation Policy Under the Air Commerce Act, 1926-1938, p. 374 (1989 reprint edition, paperback).
Interesting quotes from popular film, television, and books:
"...dad worked for the Works Progress Administration, building roads and parks during the Depression. In those struggling times, it was the only work he could get...I always said if I could work as hard as my dad, I'd have no problem making it in this world. Dad left for work before sunrise, and he'd come home after sunset. When the WPA experience was over, he became a driver for companies that delivered bread, laundry and meat."
--Jim Otto, Hall of Fame football player from the Oakland Raiders, in Jim Otto: The Pain of Glory (1999), pp. 22-23.
While discussing a logging/lumber crew that went missing in the Pacific Northwest in 1994, "In 1934--long before anyone even knew what an eco-terrorist was--a WPA crew working that same area vanished without a trace. Not one of those men was ever found or heard from again."
--Fox Mulder (actor David Duchovny), X-Files episode "Darkness Falls." Airdate April 15, 1994. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. (Notice the date mistake; the WPA did not come into existence until 1935)