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An Epidemic, Depression & World War: My Grandpa’s Life

The week before our world largely shut down, and those of us who can remain sheltered in home, a friend and I were talking at the gym. We’re both Medicare age. Actually, I’m still a few months away. That means we both had grandparents who lived through some troubling times. “We’ve had it easy until now,” he said, as it became clear our world was going to change very quickly, and not in a good way. He is right, though that might be of little comfort to some. Until now, the most traumatic event that affected all Americans in our lifetimes was the Great Recession of 2008-2009, which...

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