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I received this email from my lovely sister-in-law.  After today’s post she took it upon herself to actually go back and count up the jobs he has not only worked at, but also applied and interviewed for.  Something I’m sure I would never have done myself.  Enjoy.

From my sister-in-law (abridged) :

I only count 5 that he actually worked at up to this point if you include the one he just accepted – but many other interviews/offers are scattered between each one. (I’m sure there were plenty of other unmentioned interviews and inquiries).

7/23-8/5 – PF Colliers – Accepted – Encyclopedia salesman. Quit because it “wasn’t for me”
8/5ish – Sent applications to IBM and to another company (Neodata?) as well for data processing positions.
8/7 – Looked into at least two jobs, including a tire shop.
8/8 – Phillips 66 – Offered – Salesman position. Declined position in order to have Labor Day off to see R. Looking into bailing for a farmer.
8/11 – (Company similar to Colliers) – Interviewed – Another sales job. Walked out of interview because it was too much like Colliers.
8/11 – Received letters back from IBM and Neodata. IBM simply acknowledged receipt of his application. Neodata has nothing available.
8/12-8/17 – Service Station – Accepted – (unspecified position). Quit because he was offered a job at Montgomery Wards on 8/17.
8/17 – IBM sent a letter requesting an interview.
8/18 – Montgomery Wards – Offered – Flooring salesman. Hired but declined it – put it off in hopes of being hired by IBM. Considering applying for temporary construction work while he waits for the interview.
8/19-“now” – Lakeside Amusement Park – Accepted – Evening ride operator (bumper cars). (Still working there in most current letter.)
8/23 – IBM – Interviewed. Will be at least a week before hearing anything.
8/25-“now” – Manpower Inc. – Accepted – Temporary daytime work in addition to Lakeside. (Still working there in most current letter.)
8/28 – Another round of interviews, including Gates Rubber. Was turned away for being “too light”.
8/28 – Rexco Industries – Accepted – (Details pending.)

And tell me “Rexco Industries” doesn’t sound like a front for the mob or something.

Holy crap dad! Another job?

And I want to know SOOOO bad what stunt he pulled at ROTC back home. I’ll call mom and ask about it. Maybe have a special update. It’s just too good not to investigate.

Postmark August 29, 1967. Denver, Colorado.

1:00 Mon.

6 more days!

Greetings Fuzz-

Bob thinks I’m out of my tree — I didn’t go to work this morning.  I went job hunting instead.  Went to several places including Gates Rubber.  Couldn’t get on there because I’m too light.  Always knew I was under weight but I never felt as scrawny as when they told me that.  And I’ve lost weight since I’ve been out here — about 4 pounds.  Nothing serious.

As I was saying — I found a job with Rexco Industries.  Hope it’ll be a good one.  I’ll tell you about it over the weekend.  It would be impossible to tell you about it on paper — now think that one over for a while!

You know, I’m really getting to like Denver.  I think Bob is too.  Now that we can get where we want to go without getting lost it isn’t so bad.  I think working at the park makes a difference too.  I really enjoy it.  I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep working there now or not.

I got letter #21 today.  Yeah, I’ve got to have one of those pictures, but you may as well save it till I get home now.  By the time you get this you probably sent it already.  That’s the only trouble with writing as often as we do, our questions and answers get mixed up in between.  I could really care — if I could I’d write twice a day.

Now, to answer your letter.  Madsen’s are still here in Denver, at least he’s practicing here and they have a home here, so I doubt if he commutes from California.

IBM — I’m not counting on it, as I explained in my last letter (I think I did).  I think now I’d tell them to shove it if they did have an opening.

Labor Day weekend — yeah, you got it straight.  I guess I explained that in yesterday’s letter too, which you hadn’t gotten when you wrote the one I got today.  Sure wish it could be longer.  I thought I might stay an extra day but I won’t be able to now I guess.

Dates — No, I haven’t had one since I left.  I figured you’d realize that I’d tell you if I did.  You know that, don’t you?  I did take a girl home from the park the other night — Friday I guess.  I figured I’d tell you about it when I saw you, since it was only a week till then.  Her name was Barb Martini from Oregon.  She was here visiting her relatives.  I talked to her when she and a couple of her eight brothers and sisters rode the bumper cars.  After closing I saw her having trouble with one of the picture booths, so I took her to the office to get her money back and offered her a ride home.  We sat out front at her place for about 20 minutes until her brothers and sisters came home.  I was a good boy — all we did was talk.  I didn’t even try for a goodnight kiss, didn’t really care to.  It was good to talk to a female again though.  I just wish it had been you.

College — don’t know when I’ll go back, but it won’t be before next year anyway.  I’ll be eligible to go back next semester, but I don’t think I will.  Dad could have gotten me back in this semester if he had wanted, but I couldn’t see it.  Besides, I don’t like special favors just because the old man has pull up there.

Army — no, Bob isn’t going to enlist, at least not for a while.  He’s actually talking seriously about college next year.  If I don’t go back to school till then maybe I will have to go.  If I go back to school first, I’m still going to take advanced ROTC and go in afterward as an officer — that is if they’ll let me after that stunt I pulled last semester.

Teacher — I can’t wait to get back either.  But do you want to know something R.?  Your teacher has learned just as much as you have since we met, maybe more.  Thanks.  You have really taught me a lot, and I love you for it just like I love everything about you.  I love you!

I just went down to the basement to wash some clothes, but some plumbers were down there working.  Won’t be done for a couple of hours, so it looks like I won’t be getting it done today.  Got some ironing I should do.  Wish I could haul it all home and have mom do it, but that would be a dirty trick.  Now I can’t even take a bath like I was planning on.

I just read your letter again for about the 5th time.  I can’t even write — I just sit and think about you and things we’ve done and of this coming weekend.  I could spend all day dreaming like that.

Well Fuzz, that’s just about what I did.  It’s getting late now, so I’d best find something to eat then go after Robert.  So long for now.  Love you honey!

Forever and ever and ever and ever and ever…


Jeff and Rita on her 17th Birthday


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