* A Little League Memoir
While living on Long Island, NY, I hooked up with the Syosset Little League baseball team as a manager. Little League was founded in 1938 by Carl Stotz for senior play, ages 9-12. Headquarters are in Williamsport, PA, and today is now an international series with over 7,500 Leagues in more than 100 countries.
In my second year as a manager, our team won the League series because I had two 12-year old pitchers who never lost a game they pitched, and when not pitching batted close to 900%, most of them home runs; as they hit in the third and fourth positions in the lineup.
The only problem was with the parents who constantly badgered me to put their child in the game. Rules said they had to play a certain number of innings per game, which I followed but still got complaints from the parents no matter what I did! Fortunately, I had three girls so I didn't have to worry that I was prejudiced.
I lasted two more years as a manager because I couldn't stand the pestering by the parents!
* The Thrill of It All
The most exciting purchases in my life were when I bought a new car. I believe it was the "smell"
of a new car that lured me into buy or lease thirteen cars I used for work in my jobs and businesses: Plymouth, DeSoto, Dodge Dart, Pontiac Grand Prix, Firebird (4 of them), the last with top panels that could be removed to make the car a convertible...plus 14 Toyotas before I gave up driving when I reached 92. Do I miss it...YES!!!! I still have my driving license for another two years.
* My Wife's Favorite Job
She worked at the Fort Lauderdale (FL) Museum of Art where she said it was that once-in-lifetime position to really enjoy your work. Her position as assistant to the Events manager included bringing in school elementary children to the Museum to understand and enjoy exhibited art by famous artists from around the world, and the "docents" (guides) who helped with the teaching. The other part of her job was working with the artists who came to the Museum as part of the in-house lecture series for members and to organize and work the "opening night” exhibition. Once she had to look for a movie theater to show an artist's film on how he worked--and helped usher in more people outside the Museum group to watch the film by “dragging" them in to watch the film even if it was FREE of charge. She told me what it felt like to be a "hustler."
* My Favorite Job
Working for a Fortune 500 Company, Occidental Petroleum (Hooker Chemicals & Plastics Division). As the Advertising & Public Relations Manager, I worked doing those journalistic activities...plus the other positions as supervisor of the telephone operators, office manager for three locations: Hicksville, NY, NYC, and a manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania.
Most interesting was the in-fighting between managers on who was doing the best work! The hardest was continuing to do 5-year, 10-year and 15-year projections every year. But working with models, writing a 15-minute film on how the product was made (my first film as a writer, producer, production manager, and displays & conferences throughout the country.) was the most fun!
NEXT WEEK: COKE BOTTLES LEARN TO FLY; FARMER BLOCK; HOW I BECAME THE FAMILY CHEF; MY CLOSET OFFICE at Brookdale.
Bernie is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale communities. Many of the stories he has written are based on factual evidence from newspaper stories and other sources available to the public. He uses his imagination in parts to help supply the “twist” at the end. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.