Monday, January 17, 2011

1936

Seth Low had been in existence for ten years, but it closed after Asimov's first year there. "Columbia University simply put an end to it. Why I don't know, but I'm not paranoid enough to think it was on account of me."

In his second year he, and the boys who attended Seth Low, were moved to the main campus at Morningside Heights in Manhattan.

In June 1936, Asimov, 16 years old, was given a summer job (requested by his father of one of his candy store customers) to work as unskilled labor, "pulling out lengths of rubberized fabric from a huge roll suspended on hooks at one end of a long, measured-off table, cut fixed lengths of it, pile one length on top of another, put down a length of slicked paper every ten lengths, then fold them up ten lengths at a time."

It was very dull work, but earned Asimov $15 a week ("a full fifteen dollars, for there were no payroll deductions in those days - no wittholing tax, no social security.")

He also had to continue to work, for no pay but of course room and board, at the candy store.

He had the job for ten weeks, which earned him enough tuition for his next year (sophomore) of college.



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