The White House recently challenged American business owners to open up job opportunities to low-income and disconnected youth, getting celebrities like Betty White and ESPN's Andy Katz to talk about their first summer jobs.
As it turns out, Andy Katz was selling workout equipment to Michael Dukakis at his first job. White's first job was not so surprising–she was making television appearances.
So Patch asked people about some of their first jobs and how it shaped the adult they became.
Frank Leibsly, now an actor and artist from Baltimore, said his first job as a pharmacy stock boy instilled a hatred of mopping vomit and cleaning bathrooms.
Pamela Simonson, deputy director of local poet society HoCoPolitSo says she inherited a lot of her love for literature from working in her parents' book store.
What were some of your best and worst summer job experiences? Tell us in the comments.