I’ll start with an area of Salt Lake City called Glendale, or that’s what it was called when my family lived there in the 1950’s. I even remember the address, one of those things your mother makes you memorize in case you get lost; so you can tell a policeman and he can take you home. Anyway the address is 1397 Glenrose Drive. I was in the neighborhood in 2003 and took a picture. My mother, brother and I lived in the house in Glendale until I was 9, or until 1959. I remember quite a lot about those days, sometimes I long for the simplicity of life in the 50’s.
In 1959 or 1960 we moved from Glenrose Drive to Ashton Avenue in Sugarhouse were I attended Forest Elementary School, then Irving Junior High, and Highland High. The only school still being used is Highland High. I never went to college so I can’t tell you about that.
The first place I worked was Harmon’s Cafe on the corner of 1300 East and 2100 south. Harmon’s Cafe featured KFC or Kentucky Fried Chicken. It was a great place to work, I learned a lot from my time spent at the cafe. After that I worked for a fast food place called Mister ‘S’ Restaurant. It was the beginning of a fast food chain that never made it in Utah.
I’m not sure of the sequence of time after high school, but I think my next job was at Primary Children’s Hospital on 12th Avenue and E Street. It was a good job that I liked, but at the time I thought there were jobs that paid more so I moved on. There is no point in trying to list all the places I lived in my late teens and twenties, because there were too many of them. For the most part I lived in the Avenues section of Salt Lake.
There were several jobs until I became employed by the State Liquor Store in Murray Utah. That was the beginning of a very good career that lasted about fifteen years. To keep this short; I started as part time Christmas help and finished as a programmer analyst in the central office. The single biggest mistake I have made in my life was leaving that job.
From the State job I went to California for a couple of years and then to Saint George where I have lived since 1997. I worked for Anderson Lumber until I was laid off in October of 2002, and for four years with All-Purpose Windows and Doors in Saint George.
In December 2008 I was re-hired by the DABC, I worked for the new Liquor Store for about two years. I was injured on the job and am now considered disabled. I have been attending DXATC studying “Medical Assisting” and should be finished in July 2011. I hope to get a job at DRMC.
An update about my desire to get a job at DRMC, it never happened. I’m still unemployed in the year 2015. Not much work available for people my age. Too many young people in the job market. Who says there is no age discrimination, try to find a job when your 65 years old.