Studs Turkel records the voices of America. Men and women from every walk of life talk to him, telling him of their likes and dislikes, fears, problems, and happinesses on the job. Once again, Turkel has created a rich and unique document that is as simple as conversation, but as subtle and heartfelt as the meaning of our lives....
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David Reed Glover stockbroker
Diane Wilson process clerk
THE SPORTING LIFE
Steve Hamilton baseball player
Blackie Mason sports press agent
Richard Mann installment dealer
Enid du Bois telephone solicitor
Nick Salerno sanitation truck driver
Louis Hayward washroom attendant
Maggie Holmes domestic
Vincent Maher policeman 183
Renault Robinson policeman
Anthony Ruggiero industrial investigator
Jill Freedman photographer
THE DEMON LOVER
Jim Grayson spotwelder
Ned Williams stock chaser
Wheeler Stanley general foreman
Gary Bryner president Lordstown Local UAW
Will Robinson bus driver
Frank Decker interstate truckdriver
Jean Stanley cosmetics saleswoman
Doc Pritchard hotel clerk
Fred Roman auditor
Alice Washington order filler shoe factory
Conrad Swibel gas meter reader
Brett Hauser supermarket box boy
Thomas Rush skycap
Dolores Dante waitress
JUST A HOUSEWIFE
THE QUIET LIFE
Eugene Russell piano tuner
Eric Nesterenko hockey player
George Allen football coach
Dave Bender factory owner
Ernest Bradshaw audit department head bank
Lois Keeley Novak his daughter
MA AND PA COURAGE
REFLECTIONS ON IDLENESS
Joe Zmuda exshipping clerk
Steven SimonyiGindele publisher JeC
Ralph Werner department store salesman
Bud Freeman jazz musician
Ken Brown executive
Kay Stepkin director of bakery cooperative
Cathleen Moran hospital aide
CRADLE TO THE GRAVE
Pat Zimmerman alternative school teacher
Kitty Scanlan occupational therapist
Carmelita Lester practical nurse old peoples home
Elmer Ruiz gravedigger
IN SEARCH OF A CALLING
Rebecca Sweeney nun to naprapath
Philip da Vinci lawyer
Sarah Houghton librarian
FATHERS AND SONS
Steve Dubi steelworker
Father Leonard Dubi his son a priest
Jack Currier teacher adult education
Bob Patrick policeman
Tom Patrick fireman
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Page xi - Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man's work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
Page xiii - This book, being about work, is, by its very nature, about violence— to the spirit as well as to the body.
Page xi - One of the saddest things is that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day, day after day, is work. You can't eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours — all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy.
Page 7 - This is why you go to a tavern. You want to release it there rather than do it at home. What does an actor do when he's got a bad movie? I got a bad movie every day.
Page 3 - You know what I heard from more than one guy at work? "If my kid wants to work in a factory, I am going to kick the hell out of him." I want my kid to be an effete snob. Yeah, mm-hmm. (Laughs.) I want him to be able to quote Walt Whitman, to be proud of it. If you can't improve yourself, you improve your posterity. Otherwise life isn't worth nothing.
Page xxix - I was constantly astonished by the extraordinary dreams of ordinary people. No matter how bewildering the times, no matter how dissembling the official language, those we call ordinary are aware of a sense of personal worth — or more often a lack of it — in the work they do.
Page 10 - This is gonna sound square, but my kid is my imprint. He's my freedom. There's a line in one of Hemingway's books. I think it's from For Whom the Bell Tolls. They're behind the enemy lines, somewhere in Spain, and she's pregnant. She wants to stay with him. He tells her no. He says, "if you die, I die," knowing he's gonna die. But if you go, I go. Know what I mean? The mystics call it the brass bowl. Continuum. You know what I mean? This is why I work. Every time I see a young guy walk by with a...
Page 5 - I put on my hard hat, change into my safety shoes, put on my safety glasses, go to the bonderizer. It's the thing I work on. They rake the metal, they wash it, they dip it in a paint solution, and we take it off. Put it on, take it off...
Page xi - work ethic' holds that labor is good in itself; that a man or woman becomes a better person by virtue of the act of working. America's competitive spirit, the 'work ethic' of this people, is alive and well.