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‘Thriller’ week to remember forget

‘Thriller’ week to remember forget

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‘Thriller’ week to remember, forget
By Jarod Clarke
Reporter – Chariton Valley News Press – Column – June 30, 2009
This past week is one I will remember for the rest of my life. It’s also one I’d like to forget. Not only didthe world lose three cultural icons, two in the same day, but I got a call from home that affected my lifepersonally.At the beginning of the week, I got a call from my mom like I typically get on a Monday morning beforegoing to work. Usually the conversation is about how my weekend went and what I have planned for theweek. This one started off about the same, but ended differently.We talked about the usual, like how my job is going and how things are here in Salisbury. Then she saidsomething I didn’t expect: My dad had lost his job after 20 some years working for the same company.I didn’t know what to say or how to react. My dad has worked for the company as long as I canremember. My parents have always been tight with money, and I know how hard they work in jobs theydon’t necessarily enjoy to support our family of three. It just didn’t seem fair.Although our family is tight on cash, I believe that I have always had a lot and my parents do everythingthey can for me. With another year of college and all the expenses that come with it, I know I will need tomake sacrifices.I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. The economy of America is in a downward spiral and many companiesare cutting back and eliminating jobs, especially jobs held by employees older than 50.It’s scary enough to soon be college graduate like myself, going into the workforce and looking for a job, but I can’t imagine how much harder it will be for someone over 50, like my dad, to find a job right now.For now he has been offered a job with the same company, for a small cut in pay, working the graveyardshift driving a forklift. The job is far below his skill level and ability, but until he finds something new hecan keep his health benefits and have some income.I know my dad is smart enough and capable enough to do something much better, and my mom and Iare doing what we can to build him a resume, which hasn’t been revised since the 1980s. I plan to usesome of the resources I have available at school to help in his search.The bad news of my dad losing his job was only the tip of the iceberg of what turned out to be a worldwind of a week filled with bad news.I had never heard the saying before, but I guess deaths come it threes.It started on Tuesday, June 23, with the death of legendary sidekick Ed McMahon at age 86. The man whohad complemented Johnny Carson on the “Tonight Show” for so many years and introduced him at the beginning of every show with a loud “Here’s Johnny.”I watched some of the finals years of the “Tonight Show” as a kid, but it wasn’t until recent years when

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