Mike's very 1st boss and job description when he was only 13 years of age

Pictured here are Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Gray, owners of the famous, downtown, Cincinnati, Ohio men's clothing store, "The House of Adam", which recently closed, after a 60 year run in April of 2016. My dad Norman,with the help of Stan Gray, taught me the value of hard work and a dollar at the very young age of 13. Stan hired me for the following job duties, every Saturday and every summer vacation and holiday.

Cleaning the basement (often, and sorry to mention this, sweeping up dead crits) and then throwing them out.
Cleaning the bathroom
Vacuuming the carpets
Sweeping, and cleaning the outside tiled entry way
washing the windows and in-store mirrors
Straightening stacks and stacks of pants by size
Receiving Merchandise
Running Lay-Aways

I only wanted to include this part of my life, mostly because I want to honor Stan and his wife Marianne, who taught me so much about life and how to serve others at a very young age.There is a very interesting lesson too, that I learned about how to follow proper procedure, and trust in general, when I gave away a full length leather coat to the wrong person. For details, feel free to contact me, as I will never forget this event that happened when I was only 15. I had to pay back every cent of that coat I let slip away to the wrong owner. I'm glad Stan made me pay it back too. Great lesson to learn! Stanley was nice enough to compensate my work before the legal working age of 16, by paying me cash out of his personal pocket. When I started work there at the age of 13, the minimum wage was I believe $1.65/hour.

Thank you sincerely Stan for playing a large part in shaping my personality and teaching me so much about the working world and life in general. I will always love you like a 2nd dad, Mike.
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