Among the photos I rediscovered in my study yesterday are those of some of the bosses I had along the way. Several of the photos I found were of my manager when I worked for the Bell System, (the guy who hired me, and the guy who was my boss when I retired from Bell).
The photo below is one of the many taken during my days as an executive with the Bell System. Jean V T took the photo. She was the professional colleague who assembled a ‘history’ of the Population Association of America.
I was part of this history as were the two demographers in the photo with me. Larry, the guy in the middle, was famous for his reports on internal migration in the US. Lisa, the gal at the left worked for me for a while. At the time the photo was taken, we three had been attending a farewell sendoff for another demographer, Leon, who was retiring after a long and distinguished career. Leon was the fellow who devised the metaphor of the “pig in the python” for the baby boom. Leon had been my boss from my days working for the US Congress and he was one of my professors at Georgetown.
Don’t you just love the big glasses and padded shoulders? We gals were pioneers in the work place so please understand it took a while to figure out how we should dress.
In the next photo I am seated with Jim, my favorite boss at Bell. We were at a party held at our co-worker’s house. She happened to be married to the Arlington County Manager, so they entertained a lot. Hence the bottles. Once more I am in my giant glasses.
Although some of the nastier gossips at the Bureau said I changed bosses because I was kicked out of various places, that is simply not true. The truth is I changed jobs from boredom, or because a boss was promoted and moved on. Or, in a couple of cases my organization lost its funding (I worked on various internal contracts with other agencies).
Folks who spent their entire 20-30 years doing the same job puzzle me. They can’t understand how anyone could move around so much. I can’t understand how anyone could spend 20-30 years in the same job.
Below is one of my favorite bosses at the Census Bureau, Greg. The shot was taken in Geneva when we attended a meeting of an economics group attached to the UN. The two people with Greg are from the Russian delegation. What fun we had. I worked with Greg on immigration and foreign-born reports. We published a couple of reports and papers on these topics.
The next shot shows Paul, my boss when I worked in the Education Analysis Branch at the Census Bureau. Paul was a former professor of sociology at the University of Michigan and he is dressed for a performance in a Renaissance Festival held on the Mall in Washington DC. He wore his Florentine outfit when he played his fourteenth century Italian instrument ( a flute, I think). The people with him are two of my coworkers and their wives.
The photo below shows me with Art, a coworker at the Census Bureau when I first went to work there after I had retired from Bell. Art was my boss in the Ethnic and Hispanic statistics Branch after I lost my position as a senior expert in foreign-born statistics when I was pushed out of my old job by the new “boy” boss.
Fortunately, Art was my boss when I had a stroke toward the end of my work career. He was one of the most decent men I have ever known. He arranged for me to work part-time for the remainder of my time with the Census Bureau which ensured I had a retirement income.