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November 15, 1999
A high percentage of college students work part time during school, and many are holding down full-time jobs. Certainly more students are working than when I was in school in the Eisenhower years. Of course, many of my contemporaries had been in the armed forces and were subsidized by the G.I. Bill. The rest of us might not have been holding down full-time jobs, but it wasn’t because we were taking our schoolwork any more seriously. Full-time jobs interfered with our social lives. Actually, I had so many part-time jobs, sometimes two or three at any given time, that they interfered with my social life, but the hours could be juggled. Manning the front desk in the men’s dormitory — directing visitors, accepting packages for the residents, answering the telephone — was a prized job not because it paid well but rather because you could read and do homework, and you also got the chance to chat up women telephoning their boyfriends. The other dormitory job I cherished, working for a laundry, paid a good deal more. The laundry, Dorn-Cloney, picked up dirty items for washing or dry cleaning and returned them to the individual rooms, leaving me with the bills to be sorted out with the residents. In my spare time I’d drop in to collect from the guys who owed Dorn-Cloney. It was pleasant and sociable work. I can’t remember what percentage I got to keep, but it was one of the better-paid jobs in a checkered undergraduate career. An early would-be employer misread my resume and thought I had money-laundering experience. He was hoping I could do for his organization what I had been doing for Dorn-Cloney.