Alums sharing careers

Hills????boro Mid?dle School put on a Career Day for Kansas Day last week. I was among a host of Hillsboro High alums who participated. I think I may have been the oldest one there. (I am starting to notice these things.) Props to Anne Janzen and Gita Noble for pulling this off.

Our job was to tell our group of students what led us to our present careers and some of the things they would need to know/learn to work in our businesses.

I began by mentioning that I started in printing and publishing before their parents were even born. It was 1959 when I started sweeping floors at the Star-Journal and worked my way up from there.

I have been at the Free Press longer than I have worked anywhere else.

Here is a list all of the printing places and newspapers I have spent quality time:

Hillsboro Star-Journal three times. It was my first job, as an intern and in 1977 when the Wichita Sun set.

Herald Book and Print?ing Co., Newton, KU Print?ing Service, Herington Advertiser Times, KU Printing Service, Lawrence Journal World, Topeka Capitol Journal (two shifts, a long story), Jostens American Yearbook Co., KU Printing Service, Wichita Sun (KAKE-TV?s free newspaper), Star-Journal, Multi Business Press, started my own company in the front room of our house at 214 S. Adams that is now officially named Kansas Publishing Ventures. The title morphed from Print Source Direct, which published the Hills?boro Advocate, then the Marion County Advocate which later became the Buyer?s Edge, the Hesston Record (that we owned for two years) and our latest publication. HarveyCounty, a glossy magazine distributed in Harvey County. This will be the last and best job I will ever have by far.


Where did January go?


Puns I recently found. I don?t know who created them, but here they are for your enjoyment:

I tried to catch some fog. I mist.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

I know a guy who?s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop anytime.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

I?m reading a book about anti-gravity. I can?t put it down.

I was in a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.

I didn?t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

How do you make holy water? Boil the hell out of it!

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

Broken pencils are pointless.

They told me I had Type A blood, but it was a Type O.

How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

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