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First Jobs

Inspired by the book selected for the annual community read-along, “One Book One Community” — Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make this Country Work by Jeanne Marie Laskas — the October/November issue of Evansville Business featured “On the Clock, Behind the Scenes.” In that spirit, Tucker Publishing Group staff members revealed their first jobs on the magazine’s masthead. Here again is where the folks who bring you local magazines earned their first paychecks.

Victoria Grabner, Managing Editor
Taco Bell. I know the secret of the cinnamon twists.

Jon Haslam, Editorial Intern
I worked at a laser-tag venue for six years and loved every second.

Theresa Scheller, Editorial Intern
My first real job was as a lifeguard at Burdette Park. I was there for three summers.

Laura Mathis, Creative Director
Arby’s. “Would you like fries with that?”

Heather Gray, Art Director
I mixed powdered pigments to color plastic at GE. Two words: technicolor snot.

Hannah Jay, Graphic Designer
In eighth grade, I taught swimming lessons all summer long.

Adena Rasure, Graphics Intern
Repairing houses after tenants left — what a sight.

Hannah Theiring, Graphics Intern
Lifeguard/swim lesson instructor at Newburgh Pool and for Newburgh Sea Creatures.

Jennifer Rhoades, Advertising Account Executive
I washed dishes one summer in high school at a Poseyville, Ind., restaurant named T’s.

Jessica Hoffman, Advertising Account Executive
Dishwasher at T’s restaurant (now closed) in Poseyville, Ind., with my sister.

Krista McDonald, Advertising Account Executive
I wrapped gifts at Thiele Pharmacy & Gifts in Alliance, Neb.

Valerie Wire, Marketing Coordinator
My first job was working at the Burdette Park Aquatic Center one summer.

Sara Short, Business Manager
“5-6-7-8,” Point your toes! — Teaching dance.

Todd Tucker
Being the lowest form of life on a construction crew during a hot summer.

Kristen Tucker
Selling Bobbie Brooks pants at The Main Thing in Washington Square Mall.

Jeanne Marie Laskas will speak at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library’s One Book One Community of Southwestern Indiana presentation at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Oct. 29, 2013) at the Victory Theatre. The event is free and open to anyone whether or not you have read the book.

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