"I want to say we're in a recession, but that's not a strong enough word. In some regions it's a depression."
-- William Hensler, chief executive, Wickes Lumber
"I was disbelieving. You're never quite ready for it. What kind of economy have we created that sacrifices people in their prime?"
-- Clothing executive, 47, laid off after 29 years with his company
When the new decade dawned 10 months ago, the promise of a bright and peaceful new world filled the air. The U.S. and its allies had won the cold war, and Americans looked forward to raking in a substantial...