My first job as a sign painter was at Wally Sign Company when I was fifteen years old. I started out as the shop boy, sweeping floors and doing general cleanup for $1.10 an hour. I learned the art of layout, color, hand lettering, silk screening, gold-leaf lettering, billboards and walls. I had many memorable, fun times working with Wally. My favorite day would be a warm summer day when we would letter a billboard or wall outside. T-shirt, shorts, and boots. We preferred to start early in the morning with the goal of lettering the billboard in one day.