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First Jobs

Rochesternative Wrote: Jul 19, 2012 7:11 AM
BTW John, my 16 year old son is spending the summer at a summer camp "volunteering" to work on the grounds of the Inn also run by the camp. He's not getting paid, but they are feeding him and providing a place to live for the summer. ...In fact I paid for the priviliege of him volunteering ($35) He's having a blast and they are working those kids from 8-4:45 6 days a week.
What was your first job?

I stuck pieces of plastic and metal together at an Evanston, Ill., assembly line. We produced photocopiers for a company called American Photocopy.

I hated the work. It was hot and boring. But it was useful. It taught me to get good grades in school so I might have other choices.

Four years later, good grades got me a job as a researcher at a TV station.

To my surprise, that became a career. I never planned to be a TV reporter. I hadn't even watched TV news. I never took a journalism course.

But by...