- George Petersen
Way back in my starving student days, summer didn’t mean three months of beach parties, but pouring on any additional work I could muster to self-finance my education. As an IATSE Journeyman, I could snag projectionist work, either running theatrical films or events ranging from closed-circuit, big-screen TV sports (mostly boxing matches) or corporate/convention gigs, for clients ranging from Mary Kay cosmetics to traveling spectacles designed to persuade car dealers to order more new Lincoln Continental models in the fall. And there was plenty of drive-in theater work, in case I wanted to do the 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift. There was also an additional hour’s pay each day to walk around the field with a cart full of parts to fix the clip-on 4-inch door speakers that customers liked to abuse in every conceivable manner.