August 07, 2012

The Budding Entrepreneur

This was my first job, and it was also my first venture!

From around 1969-71 our family lived in New York City. My Mom was studying at Columbia University, and my Dad was specializing in psychiatry at a Bronx hospital.

I ran across this tiny piece of paper today, as I continue to sort through my late Mom's files in boxes in our garage.

This is the original advert I posted in the lobby of Bancroft Hall, the family residence we lived in, just across the street from Teacher's College. You can even see the holes from the thumbtacks.

Yes, I charged 50 cents an hour for babysitting. It was around 1970, eh? But I earned enough money over our 2-year stay in NYC to buy a Mamiya 35mm SLR camera and a couple of lenses, fuelling a hobby and quasi-business that continues to this day.

Mom, I had no idea you'd kept this. Wish I could share a giggle and a hug with you while caressing this fragile piece of paper. Thanks!

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Posted by Paul at August 7, 2012 10:13 PM