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WATCH: Your Best and Worst Summer Jobs

What summer job experiences made you the person you are today?

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.

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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.

Kym Byrnes (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 06:49 PM
My first job was at Hoffman's Ice Cream. I obviously loved it because I got to eat a lot of ice cream. It was then that I discovered how much I love mint chocolate chip ice cream with marshmallow topping and whipped cream. But I also liked working with "Uncle Buddy" who tried to be a scary boss but really he was very funny and after I got used to his sense of humor, I actually learned some things from him. Now I need to go to Hoffman's.
SOUTHWESTMINSTER July 10, 2012 at 07:23 PM
National Capital Skeet & Trap club, 1983 Loved sitting in the trap house with my radio, something to drink and just load trap all day. Got a little warm once in a while, great first job. Delt with customers and was taught gun safety.
Kym Byrnes (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Ok I'm a Carroll County girl but I have no idea what "load trap" means. Educate me Southwestminster!
SOUTHWESTMINSTER July 10, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Clay pigeon's , They use a machine to launch them into the air to shoot at, and I would sit in a little concrete bunker and load them onto the arm that would swing out. A little dangerous but at 15 it seemed fun, lol

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