My first real paying job involved donning an ill-fitting black jacket, white shirt and bandleader-type bow tie to serve as an usher in a cavernous one-screen movie house. Those were the days before multiplexes, when ushers actually had to show people to their seats while asking "balcony or loge?"

For $1.85 per hour I got to watch Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" a total of 62 times before they thankfully changed the movie to "The Candidate" -- a still-terrific political satire, by the way, starring Robert Redford -- to coincide with the 1972 presidential election.

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