The author became a salesman when he was nine years old and received a certificate. The area supervisor who presented it to him said he was proud and that the author was the youngest salesman to have won that honor. In 1924, the store where his Dad worked cut his salary, so he and his brother had to find work after school. He finally got a job selling the Saturday Evening Post, a very popular weekly paper, and the The Ladies' Home Journal. There was a time when he offered a lady customer to deliver the magazine to her home for it was a bit heavy. When the next issue of The Journal came out, he went to her building and delivered her copy. Fortunately, she was delighted and did selling to other women. That led to the special visit from the Area Supervisor and to the award he described at the beginning of this story.
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"Birth of a Salesman, Act 1 (With apologies to Arthur Miller)"Please download to view full document