Monday, March 4, 2013

At 20 Years Old, I Was Hired on the Spot

I am forever grateful for that opportunity
by Loren R.

I went to work at the Glenn L. Martin Company Martin on December 15, 1959. I was interviewed by Joe Daleo at the Waterton plant in Colorado, and told him I had just married, grew up on a farm in Kansas and knew how to use tools well. I was just 20 years old, and Mr. Daleo hired me on the spot. I'm grateful he did, because my wife and I had arrived in Denver with only $3 in our pocket.

It was a great job, and I worked my way up to missile mechanic. I traveled to work on special projects. I also played on the Martin basketball team for five years, which was a lot of fun too!