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Monday, May 18, 2009

Fond Memories

A few very fond memories, in no particular order and for no particular reason:

Working At 4H Camp - I did this during two summers when I was 15 & 16. It was the best time of my life. I worked hard but I had a chance to be independent, really for the first time.

Visiting Penn State Harrisburg - I visited the campus with my friend Tom Doherty, during the summer (I think) of 1984. I had already been accepted to the school, so the visit was something of a mute point, but once I was there, to paraphrase Brigham Young I knew that "this was the place".

Attending Penn State Harrisburg - Amazing in that I have very few real memories from my first two years of college, but I have plenty from my last two. PSH will always be a very special place for me.

My Fist "Real" Job - I remember this strange mixture of terror and fascination when I started my first real job after college, working for (what was, at the time) S. Grumbacher & Son. The person that hired me was Connie Lewski.

Farewell Lunch - When I was leaving my trainee position for a job at the Bon Ton Carlisle store, my Director at the time, Deb Forsythe took me out to lunch. That was classy. She was a very, very tough boss, but she was fair & I was honored that she did this for me.

First Day At Scranton Office - When I began working for Prudential, I worked for my first ten months in the Florham Park NJ office and then moved to the Scranton office once it was finished. I still remember walking into that (at the time) brand new building for the first time. It even smelled new, and it seemed so very, very big. 19 years later and I'm still there, the office has actually grown, and I still remember the amazement I felt walking in there for the first time.

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