From Kansas City Star to Valvoline


I saw this on my Facebook wall and had to ask: What is your story, Robert? The 58-year-old newsman responded:

I was unemployed for more than two years, but I made my benefits stretch by freelancing as a copy editor and writer for [Kansas City alt-weekly] The Pitch, Unity Magazine and as a reviewer for The Star itself. But the week my unemployment ran out was the week I was hired “full time” by Valvoline Instant Oil Change for minimum wage. It’s a hostile environment where I am not liked by the store’s assistant manager, who is an alcoholic felon with an antisocial personality disorder. He tries to make me look bad and make himself look good. …

It’s happening to too many of us, even as we look for ways to transfer our skills and expand our education for the Web, as I have done by attaining a Master Web Designer Certificate from Johnson County Community College.

* Earlier: McClatchy spends $164K to move Kansas City Star publisher to Sacramento (