William Friday describes his transition from Wake Forest College to NC State College and the difficulties associated with attending college during the Great Depression. Interview on September 13, 2011. (1:37)

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I'm from Gaston County, a little place called Dallas. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:04.081
I wanted to go to college, those were the years of the Depression, 1936 and '37, 00:00:04.081 - 00:00:12.099
and there was a Baptist minister there that said maybe we can get you a scholarship to Wake Forest. 00:00:12.099 - 00:00:18.028
That happened, it was a fifty dollar scholarship, 00:00:18.028 - 00:00:22.202
and that's the way I got started to college. 00:00:22.202 - 00:00:24.513
My father was in the textile business 00:00:24.513 - 00:00:29.181
and I knew that was inevitable. 00:00:29.181 - 00:00:31.931
I was the oldest child of four brothers in the family. 00:00:31.931 - 00:00:35.798
So in 1938 I moved over to Professor L.E. Hinkle's house 00:00:35.798 - 00:00:44.906
on Park Drive-I couldn't get in the dormitory- 00:00:44.906 - 00:00:47.704
and met up with three wonderful guys, Bob Furman, 00:00:47.704 - 00:00:51.900
who later became the chief pilot for American Airlines, flying transcontinental flights, 00:00:51.900 - 00:00:57.861
"Winks" Simpson, who bought the Nansemond Hotel in Virginia Beach and became a big operator, 00:00:57.861 - 00:01:06.639
and Doug Allison, who is there in Raleigh, working in humanities and working for the state. 00:01:06.639 - 00:01:13.667
So we had a wonderful time with the Hinkles; they were just delightful people. 00:01:13.667 - 00:01:18.322
He taught German and I'd had one year of German so we practiced guttural sound. 00:01:18.322 - 00:01:25.956
That's all the German I could remember. [Laughs] 00:01:25.956 - 00:01:28.809
So that's my background. 00:01:28.809 - 00:01:30.497

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