NEW YORK (Reuters) – Summer jobs: The very mention brings up memories of low pay, long hours and sweaty, clueless teenagers who don’t really know what they’re doing.
Memories like that are still vivid for some of the nation’s greatest achievers. Since last August, Reuters has been gathering the first-job stories of successful Americans, including sports legends, business titans and media superstars.
NEW YORK, July 29 (Reuters) – When Harvey Montijo first
moved in with his wife Natalie, he remembers exactly how long it
took to get into a tiff about household temperature.
“Right from the get-go,” remembers the 31-year-old
orthopedic resident in Charlotte, North Carolina.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lauren Greutman felt sick.
She and her husband Mark were about $40,000 in debt, and were having trouble paying their monthly bills. As recent homebuyers, the couple from Syracuse, New York, were already underwater on the mortgage and getting by on one income as Lauren focused on being a stay-at-home mom.
“We were in a really bad financial position, and just didn’t have the money to make ends meet,” remembers Greutman, now 33 and a mom of four.
NEW YORK, July 3 (Reuters) – Since last fall, Reuters has
asked prominent achievers about the first job they ever had.
From Mia Hamm to Margaret Atwood, Bob Schieffer to Tavis Smiley,
they have shared their memories about the humble beginnings of
This month we talk about some extraordinary American women.
They came from very different places and followed different
paths, but all ended up at places of impressive achievement.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – (The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)
When Linda Mercier’s son Sam was around two years old, she knew something wasn’t right.
NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) – It’s the secret fear of every
American parent: failure to launch.
What if, despite your best efforts, your adult kids just
aren’t able to sustain themselves financially?
NEW YORK, June 9 (Reuters) – When Marion Asnes’ beloved cat,
Herman, was injured by a coyote, she had to make one of life’s
After the incident, Asnes and her husband, who live in
Westchester County, New York, raced to the vet to save their
pet. The bill for stitches, antibiotics and IV drips added up to
NEW YORK, June 6 (Reuters) – It’s graduation season, and for
the newly minted members of the country’s workforce, it is a
supremely scary moment: Time to get that very first job out of
As part of Reuters’ continuing series, which accompanies the
nation’s monthly jobs reports, we asked some of the country’s
top achievers about their first gigs.
NEW YORK, May 27 (Reuters) – Kay Phillips has been dreading
this moment for a very long time.
The 59-year-old from Elon, North Carolina, has often
wondered how much her commute cost her over the years. She
decided to sit down and tabulate it once and for all for
NEW YORK (Reuters) – So, you’re looking beyond just Florida or Arizona as a potential retirement landing spot. What exactly can you expect from some of the winning states on Bankrate.com’s list of Best Places to Retire?
Here’s a sampler:
Bankrate.com Ranking: 1
Avg. home value (Sioux Falls): $153,100
Avg. temp (July): 72.7
Avg. temp (January): 17.3
Dinner for two at Sioux Falls’ Minerva’s: $62-$120
Two prime tickets to Sioux Falls Canaries baseball game: $49
Avg. home value (Salt Lake City): $233,200
Avg. temp (July): 72.6
Avg. temp (January): 25.9
Dinner for two at Salt Lake City’s Pago: $62-$120
Two prime tickets to Salt Lake Bees: $52
Avg. home value (Des Moines): $152,700
Avg. temp (July): 73.7
Avg. temp (January): 19.1
Dinner for two at Des Moines’ Centro: $22-$60
Two prime tickets to Iowa Cubs: $24
Avg. home value (Richmond): $202,400
Avg. temp (July): 74.5
Avg. temp (January): 35.1
Dinner for two at Richmond’s Acacia: $62-$120
Two prime tickets to Richmond Flying Squirrels: $28
(The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)
(Editing by Lauren Young)