Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — What Was Your First Real Job?

 Calling all Genea-Musings Followers:

It is Saturday Night time once more –
Time for some extra Family tree Enjoyable!!


Right here is your project when you select to play alongside (cue the Mission Inconceivable music):


1)  It is Labor Day weekend within the USA.  Do you’ve reminiscences of your first actual job?  What and the place was it?  What did you be taught from it?  How did it have an effect on the remainder of your life?


2)  Inform us in your personal weblog put up, in a remark to this weblog put up, or on Fb.  Make sure you go away a remark with a hyperlink to your weblog put up on this put up.

Here is mine:

My first “actual” job was working for my favourite soccer group, the San Diego Chargers, throughout the summer time of 1963. 

I did not apply for it, it simply occurred by luck. I used to be 19 and hanging out that summer time with one other man, named Randy Lee, who had a automobile (I did not) and we had been having enjoyable using round, listening to the radio, going to the seaside, and enjoying music on his pirate radio station. His father was an unbiased TV producer, and was a part of an funding group that owned a dude ranch within the San Diego backcountry known as “Tough Acres Ranch.” There have been about 20 cabins with 4 bunk beds every, a kitchen, a program constructing, and several other soccer sized fields.

Within the first weekend of coaching camp, Randy’s dad took us on the market on a Saturday to see the group follow. We obtained there simply in time for lunch, and after we walked in, Sid Gillman (the coach) came to visit to satisfy us and requested Randy’s dad “So are these my new camp boys? I want two.” His dad stated to us, “nicely, what do you suppose? Wish to give it a attempt?” In fact, Randy and I stated sure. We stayed that night time and discovered the ropes and appeared agog on the gamers we knew solely from the newspaper and TV.

The Chargers had been began in 1960 and performed in Los Angeles for a 12 months. Then they moved to San Diego and had been the AFL Western champs in 1961, dropping the championship recreation to Houston. In 1962, the group light when QB Jack Kemp (yep, that Jack Kemp) obtained damage and so they completed out of the playoffs. In 1963, Sid Gillman claimed that they needed to get harder – so it was out to Tough Acres Ranch, a curfew throughout the week, no girls, simply work laborious, and get sturdy – the gamers…they did not care concerning the camp boys that a lot.  

Our jobs had been to brush and mop the flooring and clear the bathrooms on daily basis in our assigned set of rooms. I feel we in all probability had 10 rooms every. Our bosses had been a number of San Diego State soccer gamers who labored for the group.  We did this whereas the group was at morning follow. Within the afternoon, we may watch the follow. After dinner, the gamers would sit outdoors in small teams and shoot the bull, play playing cards, or pull stunts. The favourite stunt was for some nation boys to get a rattlesnake rattle, put it on a stick, discover some metropolis boys sitting round and attempt to scare them – it often labored! The opposite stunt was to catch a scorpion in one thing (like a bottle or bag), wait till the targets had been of their room with the door open (no A/C then), after which toss the scorpion into the room – it’s best to have seen the massive guys scramble to get on their bunks and never get stung by this little man along with his stinger operating across the room.

For a younger San Diego sports activities fan, this was a really perfect job! I obtained to see and know (nicely, typically it was a “hello child”!) Sid Gillman (head coach), Al Davis (coach), John Madden (coach), John   Hadl (QB),   Tobin Rote (QB), Lance Alworth (WR), Dave Kocourek (TE), Paul Lowe (RB), Keith Lincoln (RB), Ernie Ladd (DT), Earl Faison (DE), Chuck Allen (LB), Frank Buncom (LB), Charlie McNeil (CB), and lots of others – now I can not keep in mind the names off the highest of my head.

The job for me was 6 weeks lengthy. My good friend Randy Lee lasted about 4 days – he damage his again and went house to get better. I do not keep in mind how much I made – maybe $50 every week plus room and board. And free pre-season tickets for my brother and I. I introduced a rattlesnake pores and skin house as a trophy – my people hung the smelly factor outdoors, and when the flies got here round, my 8-year brother caught them for his turtle.

Probably the most memorable expertise was the night time that Ernie Ladd (6’9″ tall, 300 kilos, he was later a professional wrestler) got here to camp. The group had a particular lengthy mattress constructed for him, however hadn’t ordered additional size sheets. Ernie was a holdout till the final week of camp, and when he signed, we had no warning. We had been already in our room in mattress after 9 p.m., when there was a knock on the window and a gruff voice saying “Hey child, make mah mattress!” I scrambled, discovered some sheets and a blanket, and hurried over to his room and made the mattress and shortly disappeared with out listening to a “thanks, child” from Huge Ernie.

One of many gamers made associates with a lot of the camp boys, and he took us out mountain climbing and looking within the night and early morning. We climbed the hills, in search of snakes and rabbits, and noticed a number of stunning morning sunrises. Frank Buncom was a prototype linebacker, 6-2, 230 lbs, a giant, well-spoken, comfortable black man from Mississippi who graduated from school in 1962. He was in his second 12 months, an up-and-coming participant, and had a coronary heart of gold and an amazing starvation to show himself on the sector. Sadly, Frank was traded to Cincinnati in 1967 and died on the sector of a coronary heart assault in 1968. What a tragedy.


One fall day, I requested my mom if we may invite Frank over for dinner. She stated OK, and I known as him up by the Chargers workplace. He accepted and got here by on the appointed night time. My little brother needed to play catch with an actual soccer participant, so we went out on 30th road and threw the soccer round. Scott was so nervous that he could not run his routes nicely – he was actually awestruck by Frank. My father was too – he had by no means identified many black folks, and was amazed that Frank had a university diploma and was trying ahead to being a instructor. My mom actually appreciated Frank that he had befriended me and broadened my world slightly. I do not know what we had for dinner, however my brother and I’ve all the time remembered that night.

The Chargers went 11-3 and had been AFL champions in 1963, beating the Boston Patriots 51-10 at Balboa Stadium in San Diego. I used to be there with my brother. That’s the solely championship group in main league sports activities for a San Diego group. The Chargers lastly made it to a Tremendous Bowl in 1995, however misplaced to the 49ers by 49-23.

Whereas the job was enjoyable for me, and never mentally difficult like my school work was, it supplied some spending cash and raised my stature within the eyes of my mother and father and brothers. I “knew” the gamers on the group.  And I may say “I labored on the Chargers camp” after I went again to school.  Sadly, I wouldn’t have any pictures from this expertise.

This was not the most important or most essential second in my life – that might come later with marriage  and youngsters. But it surely was my first step to unbiased residing and I discovered that I may keep on with one thing and succeed by myself. I had slightly assist from a good friend, however I did it my manner (mixing my Beatles and Sinatra there, however you get the concept!).

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