My family physician, Dr. Kooperstein,
suggested I apply for work at The Port Authority, for whom he was the
Chief Medical Officer. I had recently finished a few years in the Navy
and was looking for a job.
I was hired as Building Attendant and via
taking and passing the Clerk 1, 2, and 3 tests and serving all in
Engineering Design-first under Chief Draftsman Bill Sands in Room 1527
and later under Bill Starr in Room 1137, my work responsibilities
increasing as did my title and salary.
By January 1950 I had to resign my Clerk
3 job and move to set up residence in Miami, Florida to undertake some
important personal business best handled by attorneys in that state.
Richard Fuller DeForest (Ret.),
Architectural Draftsman, my best Buddy, decided to quit and move with
me...guess it sounded exciting!
We moved and got an apartment in
Miami...by mid-summer my legal work was done and we packed our cars and
started driving west. We enjoyed sightseeing but also picked up odd jobs
along the way, sleeping in our cars or cheap motels-eventually winding
up in Yellowstone National Park at the Old Faithful Geyser area. Some of
their summer workers we’re leaving early (mid-August) and we got work as
Cabin Boys-- cleaning the overnight guest cabins’ pot belly stoves (only
source of heat) and replenishing the firewood as necessary.
When the season closed we helped get the
park ready for the Winter Tender.
Left Yellowstone and headed for our scheduled winter job at a Ski Resort
in Utah. We did everything from Bus Boys and Housekeeping Maids to ski
repairs and picking guests up at Salt Lake City about 25 miles away. By
mid-December we quit the jobs and headed home.
In January I was hired again as Temp
Clerk 1 at -- Guess Where ??? -- Engineering Design, Room 1137, doing
the jobs that as Clerk 3 in previous years I would assign Clerk 1’s and
2’s. Eventually took and passed the Clerk 2, 3, & 4 tests, being
promoted in Engineering Design as responsibilities increased. My Clerk
IV job was re-evaluated and it and I were promoted to the Entry Level of
Management! Great, but now it meant that when I work overtime it’s “on
the house” and I don’t accumulate Comp Time!
In January of 1969 I had to resign to
move to Whiting, New Jersey, to take the position of Operations Manager
at America’s Keswick Bible Conference and Alcoholic and Drug
Rehabilitation Center in Whiting, New Jersey. This was a full-family
move and we served the Lord for 20 years and then retired.
Now, widowed, and at 96, living at a full
care retirement center in New Jersey-waiting for my next move-to spend
eternity with My Lord Jesus Christ!