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On this Labor Day, I think back to my days B.R. - "Before Radio". I've had some doozies:
1. Cook at A&W. The owner lived across the street from me. Old fashioned A&W with carhops and everything. Dated a few of them. If you were rude to them, we would mess with your food.
2. Dental Assistant. My dad was a dentist. At the time I thought I wanted to be one too. So for one summer, I worked for him as his assistant. Can you imagine going to your dentist and sitting next to you getting you ready for X-Rays...was a 15 year old kid?
3. Bank Teller/Bookkeeper. First male bank teller in my home town. Despite that training, I still can't balance a checkbook. But working in the drive up window gave me great practice with a microphone.
4. Lifeguard. At a country club. If you want time to....STAND....STILL...sit on a lifeguard chair. An hour feels like an eternity. Had a great tan though.
5. Hardware Factory worker. The now defunct National Manufacturing Company made hinges, and door pulls, and every kind of do-hickey you probably see every day. I worked in the plating department. We made dull metal shiny. Average temperature in the factory was 118. Made me really want to go back to college at the end of summer.
6. Newspaper Sportswriter. Covered local high school sports for my hometown newspaper. Newspapers weren't dead then. They weren't even on life support like they are now.
7. Waiter. If you messed with any of the waitresses, we would mess with your food. It was just more expensive food than A & W.
8. TV Sportscaster. Small town. Small station. Small staff. Small sports. Only station I heard of that went bankrupt and closed. Got paid to watch Cubs highlights though.
All of those jobs made me really want to do RADIO. And I've been lucky to have been doing it since 1985.