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John Kuvakas
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Describe one where you were on a payroll and received a paycheck. 

After working around our neighborhood mowing lawns and washing cars for nearly three years, when I was fifteen years old, I applied at our local Woolworths for a stockboy/cleanup position. My job was to sweep the floors, put stock out, clean the diner counter and area behind it, and work the floor during holidays. It paid $1.25 an hour. My first paycheck was $11.48. I thought I was rich!

John Kuvakas
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Jack Dodds
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At age 14, in 1966, I worked at one of two local grocery stores, independently owned.  I was a shelf stocker and gofer basically and was paid 85 cents per hour.  Two partners owned it; one was a great guy (he had 5 kids so knew a bit about such things) and the other was, in hindsight, a real jerk who treated me quite badly.  I ran across him years later and had this affirmed by others who knew him well.  It was a good life experience for a kid though; it was my first glimpse at how life can sometimes be unfair, no matter what you try to do.  All good!


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Frank Reed
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I started with a paper route in my neighborhood that led to being hired at a sub shop and received a paycheck (owners on the route) as well as part time ceramic tile bathroom helper (also one of the sub shop owners).  Also on the route was a carpenter that hired me for summers while in high school.  The tile man got me a job as a plastering crew helper for summers after HS graduation.  I also had a job in college as an usher at Schaefer Stadium in the early years (73-74) of NE Patriots in Foxboro MA.  

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Making Breakfast in 1820.....no,wait....that aint it !!.....1966,washing dishes and general galley slave work @ a buck an hour in a breakfast restaurant ......in the years leading up to getting W 4-ed,it was hitchhiking to the golf course in the next town over to caddy for a round or two

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John Napoli
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I started when I was 15 working at my dad's gas station on Long Island.  Made $2.30/hr.  Back in the early 70's I guess that was good.  One he sold the business, before we moved south, I worked in a Car Wash and made$3.35/hr in the mid 70's + tips.  Those were the simpler days. 


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john barry
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Posted by: @carsman1958

I started when I was 15 working at my dad's gas station on Long Island.  Made $2.30/hr.  Back in the early 70's I guess that was good.  One he sold the business, before we moved south, I worked in a Car Wash and made$3.35/hr in the mid 70's + tips.  Those were the simpler days. 

...........$2.30/hour......that was MASSIVE money back then !!!!!!  Do you still have it ?

I also worked in a car wash....VERY BRIEFLY......I think mining blood diamonds would be preferable work


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Moe Parr
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I worked at a zipper factory. It was a great job...I pulled down 200 a week! Laughing Out Loud  

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Bob Jackman
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After washing neighbors cars, mowing lawns and a paper route I went to work in a drug store for 60 cents an hour when I got a raise to a dollar an hour I thought I struck it rich.


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TerrySlekar
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Well, I started mowing lawns at age ten; I also started as a “sub” for the neighborhood paper route & by the age of twelve, I graduated to be the actual paperboy. This was a continual source of (tax-free) income until I turned sixteen.

At seventeen I got my first “real” job as a Surveyor’s Aide for a Phoenix mapping company.

That’s my story & I’m sticking to it…

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The People’s Republic of Maryland


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John Bono
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Washing and "Simonizing" neighbors' cars, stock clerk and counter person at a local toy and stationary store. 

John Bono
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Larry kemling
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delivered telegrams for Western Union $1.05 hr 


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Bill Juffernbruch
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1953.  Soda jerk in a locally owned drug store.  15 years old and paid .75 an hour. 


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Drilling holes in rock for a blaster, half  summer.  Pouring/shoveling Concrete for bomb shelters the second half.  


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Geoff Jowett
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Few of us old paper boys around. 12-13 years old here in suburban Melbourne. 17 years old as a junior in the English, Scottish and Australian Bank.


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John Napoli
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I actually forgot, that at the age of 10-11, I was selling Christmas Cards and items from a catalog door to door.  I would usually make $200-$300 per season doing this.  This would have been in the late 60's.  I only sold in my neighborhood, which was about 200 homes.  We all new each other, so I was able to go out by myself.  I did this for a couple of years at Easter and Christmas time.


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