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SLO’s economy thrived during wartime — but the true cost of battle weighed on veterans
11/4/2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE --- A $10,000 organ for San Luis Obispo's new El Monterey Theatre (renamed The Obispo and burned in 1975) seemed an extravagance during wartime. That's $177,000 in 2017. But it was considered essential for civilian morale in 1918. Wars always have more than one "front," including on the battlefield and at home. Usually, both are filled with suffering. Aristophanes' comedy, "Lysistrata," was first performed in Athens in 411 B.C. In it, Athenian women protested the Peloponnesian War by denying men their favors.

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SLO’s economy thrived during wartime — but the true cost of battle weighed on veterans