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Dear Reader:

I went to work at the Jefferson Bee & Herald as a sports writer in May 1977.

I was paid $15 per week. That was $1 for each year I had been alive. It was a windfall for a guy finishing ninth grade, which was still part of the junior high in my hometown. I had to mow five sizeable yards in a week to get paid that kind of coin.

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