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How To Get Off The Roof

by Norman R. Augustine - 2008

I suppose you could say that my career began at the very top. My first job was spreading tar on the roofs of buildings in Denver, Colorado during the summers. Years later, The New York Times was running a story about what people had learned from their first real job and they asked for my views. I responded that I had learned three important things from that job. First, that there are some mighty fine folks who spend their lives making a living spreading tar on roofs; second, that it takes an awful lot of tar to cover a roof; and, finally, that education is the key to getting off the roof.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 74-76
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22836, Date Accessed: 8/3/2020 8:41:34 PM

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  • Norman Augustine

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    Norman R. Augustine has had a long career in the aerospace industry. At Douglas Aircraft Company he worked as a research engineer, program manager, and chief engineer. Beginning in 1965, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as assistant director of defense research and engineering. He later led several aerospace firms, retiring as CEO and Chairman of Lockheed Martin Corporation. He has five times received the Department of Defense’s highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal, and 21 honorary degrees. This essay was written expressly for publication in this volume.
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