A True Untold Story
“Check this out.” Timothy Wilson excitedly started poking the classifieds section of the Delaware County Times, the sound getting his friend’s attention.
HELP WANTED: Skilled tech familiar with satcom operation, BS in Engineering preferred for network testing position. Must be willing to travel. $1200/wk. Boeing Corp. 484-555-5555
“Betcha can’t beat that.”
Tom dropped the paper after reading the ad and congratulated Tim.
“At least one of us is going to be employed.” Tom was less than enthusiastic.
Thomas Sanders and Timothy Wilson met in college and graduated from Swarthmore the previous month. They were young, unmarried, unattached, and the world was just waiting for them. They shared a passion for technology and had little use for anything else. Marriage, children? Perhaps someday. For the moment, the duo’s primary concern was putting their freshly earned degrees to work. It was June of 2001 and now, it seemed, at least one of them was on the path to success.
“Boeing… that’ll look good on your résumé, even if it DOES turn out to be temporary work.” Tom teased. “Fuck you, man.” Tim hit back.
Tim immediately picked up his 900MHz semi-transparent blue cordless phone and dialed the number, hoping to be amongst the first respondents. Much to his satisfaction, he learned that not only had no one else responded, but that there was actually a need for a second technician. When he was asked if he knew anyone else in need of employment, his face lit up. “Oh, I think I might.” Tim arranged for an interview at a Boeing facility not too far from home in nearby Morton, Pennsylvania. Once all of the details were finalized, he shared the good news with Tom, and the two made plans to celebrate.
“I’ll call Domino’s.” Tim said, a little facetiously. He knew that his friend thought the pizza there was beyond inedible, and as he pretended to call Domino’s, he actually called a local purveyor of hoagies favored by the both of them.
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