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Soup Kitchen ”The Bowery” Circa 1929
When I was growing up, I remember my grandfather as he reached his 65Th birthday, he was about to receive social security checks , I can’t help but recall that he was ecstatic ” free money from the government he said I don’t have to work anymore, I was about 8 years old at the time this was around 1957. people would Ask me ,Donald what do you want to be when you grow up , I replied ”65”! .Another thing that seemed to peek my interest was the homeless( they weren’t called that then they were called bums) eating at the Bowery getting Free meal and it was always broadcast on thanksgiving night on T.V. I always wanted to go to Bowery on Thanksgiving day , were my family broke or indigent , no but even then I wanted the T.V. publicity.