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It's hard for John Ratzenberger to maintain a cheery disposition about manufacturing. Yet Ratzenberger, who played know-it-all postman Cliff Clavin in the television sitcom Cheers, is not sitting around and crying in his beer about it. Instead, he co-founded Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, a foundation dedicated to introducing young people to manufacturing and trade careers. Although Ratzenberger graduated from nearby Sacred Heart University, he worked blue-collar jobs while he attempted to break into acting. Without a steady influx of young people, factories are having trouble finding electricians and other skilled trades people. Ratzenberger started Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs to turn things around. Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs also funds 40 camps and events where kids can experience building for themselves.

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