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"It was my first day on the job. I was a 17-year-old kid, and I was excited, thrilled and a little scared, too. As I stood in line to get my photo taken for my personnel file, my slide rule tucked in my pocket and my heart filled with hope, I never dreamed that 42 years later I would still be working for the same company, and still be just as thrilled. I would be responsible for assembling the tail section of the GII, the first turbine-powered business jet made by the company.
"That first day of work I wore my badge home. Everyone did. It was like you were a big shot. We were all so proud. After all these years, I must say that every morning when I put on my badge, nothing has changed. I am still as proud to wear that badge as I was on August 21, 1967."