I Used To Work Here #JusJoJan

Today’s prompt, "a photo," sent me running to Instagram, specifically to an account called @vintagetribune, which is run by the Chicago Tribune and features news photos from the past, some from just a few years ago, some from the early days of newspaper photography. This picture caught my eye, because I worked at Stewart-Warner, which manufactured auto and truck parts (among other things), from late 1979 to around Memorial Day, 1980, when they laid me off. I was a second-shift supervisor, and they let the whole second shift go. That event sent me back into the world of computers. The company closed about two years after I was let go.

This was written for Just Jot It January, which is hosted by Linda Hill. Check her blog for the rules, if you’re interested in joining us. Now a word from The Savings and Loan Foundation, who wants you to know how money works.

At one time, savings & loans were responsible for more than half of all home loans in the country. They failed quickly in the 1980’s as more types of financial institutions got into the mortgage business and as the S&L’s started taking on riskier loans, among other reasons, which are detailed here. My first real job out of college was as a programmer with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, and we oversaw the S&L’s along with the FSLIC and other regulators.

14 thoughts on “I Used To Work Here #JusJoJan

  1. Happy New Year to you and yours John!!! I hope you had a great time New Year’s Eve. We stayed home and watched New York’s ball fall (I miss Dick Clark – such a nice guy). My brother and I learned how to dance from American Bandstand. Also, we watched Groucho Marx. Animal crackers is coming on Friday too/tomorrow. Hubby loves those guys… me too! Have a great weekend. Our Christmas is this Saturday and tons of kids will be running everywhere while Nonny makes Lasagna & Spaghetti & meatballs. Watch for all the pics next week! Have a great weekend my friend!

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    1. Do you remember when WGN would stay on all night (which, back in the day, was unusual) New Year’s Eve and play old Marx Brothers and WC Fields movies? Now, that’s how I want to spend New Year’s Eve. That is, if I can stay awake that long…

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