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Old 03-24-2013, 01:00 AM   #41
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I suppose it was mowing lawns in the neighborhood.

But my first "official" job was as a radio announcer on WGEN AM/FM in Geneseo, IL. It was our town's version of WKRP.
What! You lived in Geneseo IL and didn't work for Springfield Armory?
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Mowing lawns when I was 12 or 13, then when I was 16 I got job at pizza place at the beach. Loved the scenery

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At 13 I was the announcer, score keeper and maintained the infield at the local junior league baseball field whenever I wasn’t playing. Payed 10$ a game plus a hot dog and drink.

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What! You lived in Geneseo IL and didn't work for Springfield Armory?
Had I known then what I know now, I would have camped out in front of their door for an opportunity to work there and learn.

At one time, they had a shop downtown (it's now on the edge of town). Shortly after we moved to Geneseo, my father walked into their shop to deliver some supplies for a project one of his crews was working on. He described it like walking back into Vietnam complete with 60mm mortar set up in the lobby.

Today, the company has just gone through an extensive updating of their facility in Geneseo, and now the state is doing their best to run them out of town.
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My first job was making deliveries for a drug store in 1953, and have had only three jobs since and retired from all three.

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Helping deliver flowers for a greenhouse to distributors. Very young, under ten. I don't know exactly how the child labor laws were handled, but I was on payroll. I also got a certain amount of cash money, plus tips.

Started in the family business of concrete at a young age too. People were very surprised to deal with a 13 year old summer foreman. Family owned business and a certain number of hours reported got us around the labor laws on that one. The hours not reported were paid in cash.

I do want to point out, child labor laws were enacted to protect children from being exploited. These were jobs I WANTED to do for extra spending cash. Because my family has always been low income, and there was a certain amount of recreational spending (adult only, catch my drift? And no, not hookers or porn), I didn't get an allowance. If I did extra chores, I would get an extra privilege, like staying up later to watch TV, or my choice of dinner.

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I was the cashier and took/bagged orders at New Star Chop Suey. It was HOT in that kitchen and people used to give me money out of their bras etc. fun times......I was 15. I also bussed tables at an Elks Club when I was 14 but that was only one day a week.

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At 13 I started working on a choose and cut Christmas tree farm. That's where I met my wife, whose family owned said farm. Didn't start dating her until some 10 or so years later though. That was seasonal. Got a job at a retirement community as a waiter part time after school when I was 16. My first full-time job was at a McDonalds when I was 17 and still in school, I had moved out and had to pay rent so I got a "real" job. Lasted 2 weeks (put in my notice after the first day on the job). Worst job I ever had. Got a job at a gas station and started the day after my last day at McD's.

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