RE: The Truth or Dare Poll (for the record, now that everyone has had their fun...)

Subject: RE: The Truth or Dare Poll (for the record, now that everyone has had their fun...)
From: "Jennifer Baldwin" <jbaldwin -at- desertdocs -dot- com>
To: "Dick Margulis" <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 15:12:00 -0700

I work in the mortgage industry, and I've never heard "make" and "take" used like that. If anything, I've heard the reverse: "This borrower is taking out a home improvement loan." and "ABC Lender made a thousand loans last month alone."


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Subject: The Truth or Dare Poll (for the record, now that everyone has
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First, congratulations to all. From the poll results curve, it appears
that most people guessed correctly their age with respect to mine. And
it is also clear that my initial assertion was correct: When I was in
sixth grade, most of you were not yet born.

Second, the question I asked that started all of this silliness has
still not been answered. I asked...

But while we're on the subject, when I was in sixth grade (long before
most of you were born), I learned that when you borrow money you "make"
a loan and the banker "takes" a loan. I wonder if those of you in the
banking industry still use the words that way or if that usage is now
totally obsolete.

So does anyone have an answer for me?

Okay, on to the trivia:

1. I remember:

Dumont television. Bendix washer. Laundry blueing. Cooked laundry
starch. Milk in glass bottles with paper caps (home delivered, through a
milk chute, and in small glass bottles at school, too). Moron jokes.
Buster Brown. Hopalong Cassidy. Roy Rogers. Watch Mr. Wizard. Milton
Berle ("Why is the television on the stove? So I can watch Milton
Berle.") Kukla, Fran, and Ollie. Howdy Doody. Candy cigarettes, wax
lips, Bonomo Turkish Taffy. Trolleys in downtown Cleveland, followed by
the modern trackless trolleys (electric buses running on a catenary),
ragmen driving horsedrawn carts on their routes downtown.

2. First paying job was as the system programmer on an IBM 1620 (summer
before senior year in high school). Numeric machine language, SPS,
Fortran with Format. 20K BCD digits. I/O via card reader/punch. Console
typewriter was a B-2. (Wikipedia has an _awesome_ article on the 1620!)

3. JFK assassination was during my senior year. If you don't want to do
the math, I was in sixth grade for the 1957-58 school year. Born in
1946. Just turned 59.

4. Things I've done, many for pay, some not, as near to sequentially as
I can muster (listing only the first instance of each category to save
space), starting in junior high school:

Copy editor
Typographer
Math tutor
Systems programmer
Humor writer
Engineering programmer (7094 II at NASA, summer job)
Door-to-door encyclopedia salesman (and pretty good at it)
Draftsman
Cutter (steel plate)
Book designer
Paste-up artist
Programming instructor
Advertising copywriter
Advertising art director
Book editor
Newsletter editor/designer/graphic artist
Community organizer/trainer
Magazine compositor
Book reviewer
Baker
Landscape gardener
Warehouse helper
Deli counterman
Cheese buyer
Lithographer (camera work, stripping, platemaking)
Bindery hand
Certified organic vegetable farmer
Magazine columnist (vintage farm machinery)
Herbarist (raised herbs and dried flowers; manufactured potpourris,
flavored vinegars, and decorative products; managed wholesale and retail
trade)
Fry cook/grill man (one weekend a year, for the fire department fair)
Technical writer
Electronic publication specialist
Marcomm writer
Web designer/webmaster

And, of course, each of those jobs entailed learning a number of skills,
most of which came in handy later.

Nowadays, I'm hardly doing any tech writing--just whatever comes in over
the transom. Mostly I've been editing fiction lately.

Dick Margulis
http://www.dmargulis.com/

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