Some 31 years and 8 months ago, I quit my full-time job as swing shift foreman at Shasta Beverages to take an unpaid internship here at KING. I’d gone back to the UW to get a degree in Communications, TV and Radio Production. After completing two internships and getting my BA, I chanced into a part-time job in KING News Engineering. My intent was to keep the job for only a year or two while I polished my writing, editing, and photography skills and assembled a decent resumé tape (having free access to the editing here at KING). Needless to say I never had need for that tape since I stayed here some three decades longer than intended.
And now, to bring things full circle, I am sipping a bit of Shasta Diet Ginger Ale (which they just started carrying in the coffee shop here last week) and looking forward to sleeping in (until 6:30 am!) tomorrow.
(My father was plant manager of the local Shasta Beverages plant when I was growing up. I worked there off and on through my college years – 1969 through 1982.)
Here is Adnan al-Masawi from Facilities taking a selfie with me while a masked Mark Huffstutter, transmitter engineer, mocks us in the background.