Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Favorite summer job

Posted July 28, 2009 10:06 a.m. EDT

What was your favorite summer job as a child, teenager or young adult? I’ll give a prize for the most interesting answer.

My first job was working for my father.  I was probably 10 years old.   I made .45 an hour sweeping the floor and doing errands at The Book Store in Morganton. It was sweaty work. We didn’t have air conditioning. Eventually my salary mushroomed to $2.00 an hour when I learned the intricate skills of picture framing.

Perhaps my most unusual summer job was working as a country music disc jockey in Lenoir during college. I wasn’t Bill Leslie. My name was “The Tall Man” on WKGX in Lenoir. I remember the program director giving me a hard time for playing “Aquarius” by The Fifth Dimension one Saturday morning. Not exactly Hank Williams material! The funniest song I played that summer was a tune from Freddie Hart. The lyrics went like this: “If fingerprints showed up on skin I wonder who I’d find on you.” Eventually I grew tired of doing commercials for septic tank aroma bars on sale at the local Giant Foods store and decided to get into radio news.

What about you? What was your favorite summer job?