MAY 19

MAY 19

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

May 19

Do you know how to type?” Dick Bauer asked me outside the Des Plaines Theater. “Because if you can, go over to the Suburban Times office before four. They need somebody to write the high-school sports for the paper.”

I peddled across town to talk with Floyd Fulle. “Fill up the page and have it here Tuesday morning before school. If you can type, it’s ten dollars a week.”

Getting information was simple enough. Everybody liked to talk about themselves. I wrote two articles in one afternoon. All that was missing was putting the text and the schedules into typed form.

My dad had brought home a typewriter that I suspect he’d paid three dollars for someone to pull out of some storage bin. I began at about five and started the hunt for letters. No “e.” At 5:15 the next morning, I had finished typing and handwrote in the “e’s.”

That afternoon I called Floyd Fulle. “Get the ‘e’ on the typewriter fixed. Don’t use the word ‘and’ so often. Get your check every Tuesday morning.”

I was a journalist!

Gordon Burgett

Don’t be afraid to take chances.
Success follows those who take risks.

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