"In some ways I think that one of the disadvantages of young people today is they didn't have the opportunity to grow up poor. [Laughs.]"
     Question: "That's a disadvantage. Why?"
     "I think that motivation is certainly important in terms of your work ethic. That's the big thing in terms of work ethics and sense of goals and what you do with your life. Young people today it seems to me may be – they have so many choices, it's hard to pick something. That may be a disadvantage. There are so many things that they do – going places and seeing things – that we never did until much, much later, if ever."

Stan Jensen on Growing Up Poor

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Other Excerpts from Stanley Jensen's Interview:

Killing Grasshoppers
Pests Thrive In Dry Climate
Hybrid Corn
Crop Yeilds
All in the Same Boat
Working for the WPA
Radio, Isolation and Entertainment
Getting Electricity
The Amenities of Home
Ethnic Communities
Keeping the Dust Out