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When Telephone Lines At Last Came to Lacey

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Pacific Northwest Bell (PNB) executives asserted it, Daily Olympian journalists investigated it and the State of Washington’s Department of General Administration (GA) confirmed it … the reason the state didn’t lease office space in Lacey was that it cost a … Continue reading

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A New Life In A New Land, Chapter 7 … IT’S SALES MAGIC!

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“The Introductory Benefit Statement works like magic!” our Monroe sales teacher told us, standing in front of us in a large classroom, as if a model fashioned in a worsted wool suit, starched white shirt, colorful silk tie and tasseled loafers. “In thirty seconds or less an … Continue reading

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A New Life In A New Land, Chapter 6 … IN SEARCH OF THE ELUSIVE I.B.S.

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Prior to attending Monroe, The Calculator Company’s sales school in East Orange, New Jersey,* I harbored doubts as to whether the life of a professional salesman would be my calling … after all, going from scruffy beat poet to suit-and-tie office machine salesman was a bit of a stretch. Following that week in the city named … Continue reading

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A New Life In A New Land, Chapter 5 … LEARNING HOW

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I walked into the small, one-man daylight basement office excited but apprehensive. This was my first go at office equipment sales, my first “cold call” in my brand new territory … in this case a section of Vancouver, B.C. This … Continue reading

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A New Life in a New Land, Chapter 4 … MY FIRST DAY IN THE FRAY

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My first day in the hurly-burly world of business took place in a small, windowless room. I spent a week in that tomb-like setting sitting in a suit and tie while adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing on various machines arrayed around me … Continue reading

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A New Life in a New Land, Chapter 3 … INTO THE FRAY

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The classified ad stated Monroe, The Calculator Company needed a salesman. I needed a job, and I figured sales would be a good place to start. So off I hustled to the library to find out something about Monroe. Monroe, it turned out, was an old, … Continue reading

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A New Life in a New Land, Chapter 2 … TIME’S UP!

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Up until that point I’d successfully avoided the necessity of getting a real job, aka a career! Sure, I’d had great part-time jobs and cozied-up to a full-time job when, for a year or so, I sold Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door for a couple weeks a month. In retrospect that wasn’t such a … Continue reading

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From Berkeley to Ord Door By Door By Door … THE FAST LANE TO EASY STREET

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Neurologists posit that the human mind doesn’t reach maturity until its bearer reaches twenty-six years of age or so. My decisions at age 19 validate this beyond any reasonable doubt. My first year at the UC Berkeley featured sustained combat between two historic, implacable foes … academic discipline vs hormonal servitude. … Continue reading

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