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Book of Jobs Part 1

STRINGER

When I was maybe sixteen or seventeen, I was recommended by my High School Guidance Counselor for a job with the local paper, The Galena Gazette. She must have heard that I had spent some time in the newspaper business (see “The Paper Route” above). My job was to cover the high school varsity and junior varsity basketball teams. I had to attend the home games, take a few pictures with the Gazette's 35mm camera, talk to the coach afterwards and then write up the thrilling, white-knuckled, edge-of-your-seat print version. It was actually pretty easy since Coach Herrig basically wrote the story himself verbally. He laid down the outline of the game, complemented the other team and their coach, name-checked a few of our key players, tossed out a stat or two along with some worn-out sports clichés and boom! Done. At three dollars per photo and fifteen cents per column inch, I was able to make an extra five or six dollars a week. That might have been pretty good money for a Stringer in 1936. 1986, not so much.Chris Auman

Stringer

Next: The Lifeguard


Originally published in RW#22, 2014

RW #22

JOB LIST

Introduction
Weekly Allowance
The Paper Route
Orange Blossom Special
Drug Dealing
Stringer
The Lifeguard
Lawnmower Boy
Food Service is Your Future
Dishwasher
Law Clerk
On the Line
Phonathon
The Three Penny
Life on the Mississippi
North Side Pimp
Suffering for Art
The Ugly Bar
Fazzio's
Slingin' Veggie Hash
In a Pickle
Inside the Box
Beat Kitchen
That's Classified
Suck Co.
Lollapaloozer
Unemployment
Thai Lagoon
New Jacked City
Going Greek
Apocalypse Lao
Install Crew
Let's Do Brunch
Freelance = Freedom?
The Controller


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