How did Tom Menino learn the meaning of hard work?
Maybe, just maybe, it was forged during the summer he spent at Bird & Sons crawling through a 2-by-2-foot opening to clean steam-generating furnaces at the Norwood roofing plant. It was a tough job for a stocky 15-year-old kid from Hyde Park.
“I would get so dirty at night that my mom wouldn’t let me into the house until I took off my clothes,” recalled Menino.
That summer’s experience taught him a few lifelong lessons, too. “You had to work hard to make any money,” he said. “You have to get yourself dirty.”
Bostonians will remember Mayor Menino as the tireless urban mechanic. Mr. Pothole Filler, Mr. Clean Street, Mr. Ribbon Cutter. But to me, he will be Mr. Summer Jobs.
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