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Snapped in my office in 1996 by Mark Schauper
while I was working on my first non-fiction book, 
HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy

 

 


Detailed Employment History

Jerry E. Smith

 

 

These two pages contain a complete listing of every job I've ever held all the way back to grade school!

 

 

CURRENT EMPLOYER

 

12/12/2005 to Present

ADVENTURES UNLIMITED PRESS (AUP), PO Box 74, 303 Main Street, Kempton, IL 60946. (815) 253-6390 FAX: (815) 253-6300 aup@frontiernet.net http://www.adventuresunlimitedpress.com/

VICE PRESIDENT FOR MARKETING, PUBLIC RELATIONS & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT/BOOKSTORE MANAGER/WAREHOUSE MANAGER/AUTHOR/LECTURER.  Salary of $450.00 (started at $350.00) per week, plus free accommodations at the company owned bed and breakfast.  Supervisor: Mary Gash, General Manager.  In 2005, while completing my third book for AUP (Weather Warfare: The Military's Plan to Draft Mother Nature) I was invited to stay in Kempton and help out around the store.  I have so far done just about everything here except shipping and accounting/purchasing. My duties have included: working as a sales clerk in the bookstore and designing and building displays in the bookstore, to eventually be recognized at the de facto Bookstore Manager; general light custodial (clean restrooms, sweep and mop floors, water plants, etc.); Invoicing Clerk, where I open and invoice the mail as well as answer the phones to take orders and assiste customers with questions; prepped bulk mail (labeling, bundling, etc.); did other data entry, database maintence and report generation (used both Mackintosh and Dell computers with proprietary software for the database); picked orders in the warehouse and completely reorganized the warehouse, becoming Warehouse Manager (used manual pallet jack in the warehouse); created and marketed an AUP Speakers Bureau; wrote press releases and fliers; wrote articles for the company’s magazine World Explorer; dealt with inquires from authors seeking to be published by AUP; I also delivered a talk on The Holy Lance at a conference put on by AUP the first weekend in May 2006 in Kempton (designed Power Point Presentations for talks at AUP and elsewhere); packaged tapes and DVDs by assembling tape/disk, box and cover; and then shrink-wrapping them; proof-read several AUP books prior to publication; and lots more!

 

1972 to Present

SELF EMPLOYED

FREELANCE WRITER, EDITOR, & LECTURER.  I have been pursuing a career as a freelancer, virtually without a break, since the summer of 1972.  I have been writing while holding other jobs, even taking part-time and temporary jobs to devote more time to writing.  Since 1996 I have sold three non-fiction books to Adventures Unlimited Press (AUP): Secrets Of The Holy Lance: The Spear Of Destiny In History & Legend, HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy and Weather Warfare: The Military's Plan to Draft Mother Nature. I have also written hundreds of short pieces; including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, humor, and movie reviews.  Perhaps most notably, I was hired by John Harrah, son of casino magnate William F. Harrah, to write a history of the family ranch, called Rancharrah.

 

I have also worked various editing jobs on a number of small newspapers and limited circulation magazines.  One such was Dharma Combat Magazine (DC).  The Editor-In-Chief of DC was the late Jim Keith.  Jim made me the Managing Editor and Art Director.  I was given full artistic freedom and organizational responsibility to bring each issue to print.  I did all of the graphic design and much of the typesetting/paste-up of each issue, while supervising the work of all make-up assistants.  This was from April 1988 till Jim’s untimely death in 1999.  This is not listed in the work history below, because it was not a job.  DC was produced as a hobby, averaging about 2 1/2 issues per year.  I received no pay for this work, just the intangible rewards of making a lot of good connections and getting a lot of “oohs” and “ahs” for my work.

 

In fact, I worked with Jim on many projects from the time I met him in high school in 1966 on.  Several of which are listed below.  In the late 1980s we attempted to start a fiction factory together, collaborating on many fiction pieces, writing, and occasionally selling, under a number of pen names.  It was this that led me to leave California and move to Reno in 1988.

 

Recently I have been working the lecture circuit.  In the last few years I have spoken at numerous conferences and symposia from The Bahamas to Roswell, New Mexico, to Santa Clara, California, to Brisbane, Australia (see below).

 

Any gaps in the employment record are periods when I devoted myself to full-time freelancing.

 

 

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT

 

 

8/15/05 to 12/6/2005

[name and address withheld per contractual obligations.]

GHOST WRITER, $20.00 per hour.  Hired to ghostwrite a book on a start-up nutriceutical company’s products. Also produced ad copy and helped out with brochures and other publications.  When I moved to Kempton, IL to work for my publisher they inexplicably stopped communicating with me, and failed to pay me for the last week I worked there, this in spite of having an agreement that I would continue to work for them and on the book while in Illinois.

 

7/18/2005 – 7/27/2005 (8 days)

SPHERION, 725 Basque Way, Ste 3, Carson City, NV 89706. Phone 775-883-9559 Fax 775-883-9582 www.spherioncarson.com ritasoto@spherioncarson.com; on assignment to Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc., P.O. Box 21928, Carson City, NV 89721-1928 Phone: 775-886-3800

TECHNICAL WRITER, $15 per hour, Supervisor: Heather Griffitts.  Rewrote a technical manual into standard English.  Harley-Davidson Financial Services, as a credit grantor, is required to report monthly to the various credit reporting bureaus the status of all consumer credit accounts with them.  They had recently up-dated the software they used to do this and so needed the accompanying manual up-dated to reflect the changes.  This manual needed to be understandable by outside accountants and legal staff working on dispute resolution issues.  The version of the manual I started with was in computer jargon, written by programmers from India for whom English was a second language, at best.  As well as converting jargon into standard English I also wrote an introduction to the manual.  The rewrite had been projected to take two to three weeks but I finished in a little over one week.  Everyone in the Information Technology division at Harley-Davidson Financial Services expressed that they were very pleased with the speed and quality of my work.


10/15/2000 to 4/24/2004 (3 years, 6 months)

RENTAL PROPERTIES, 940 Freeport Blvd., Sparks, NV 89431 Office: (775) 358-5699, Emergency beeper: (775) 858-8482 nancoffice@aol.com

GATEKEEPER/NIGHT WATCHMAN/CUSTODIAN. Part-time. Supervisor: Nancy Grover, Property Manager. As an independent contractor I received no pay, but got a free apartment in exchange for opening and closing the front gate every 12 hours at 7 AM and 7 PM. I also provided a security presence on site and did light janitorial (empty the trash, pull weeds, clean out units, etc.). Quit to return to writing full time. Got a contract with Adventures Unlimited for two new books: Chemtrails, HAARP & Weather Warfare: The Military's Plan to Draft Mother Nature and Secrets Of The Holy Lance: The Spear Of Destiny In History & Legend.

 

11/18/2003 – 11/20/2003 (three days) (concurrent with employment at RENTAL PROPERTIES)

SPHERION, 5580 Mill St, Ste. 100, Reno , Nevada 89502 Tel. 775/829-8367; on assignment to LabelSmith, Inc., 1147 Gator Way, Sparks NV 89431 (775) 359-7778 (fax) (775) 359-7850, toll free (800) 348-7778, www.labelsmith.com

FINISHER, $8.00 per hour, Supervisor: Cammie Smith, Owner/President. For most of the first two days I helped to prep vending machine sticker puzzles for delivery (puzzle pieces had to be broken out of the printed sheet, separated, bundled and boxed). Then I was assigned to a machine with a counter where I made up short rolls of stickers on one spool from larger rolls on another spool. Assignment initially was only for one or two days; it ended when they ran out of things they needed me to do.

 

10/9/2003 (one day) (concurrent with employment at RENTAL PROPERTIES)

OFFICETEAM, 5420 Kietzke Lane, Suite 209, Reno, NV 89511 (775) 828-1353, Fax: (775) 828-1352, www.officeteam.com, email: reno@officeteam.com; on assignment to TRIAL SCIENCE, Inc., 522 Lander, Reno, NV (775) 786-1894.

MOCK JUROR. $10.00 per hour. Supervisor: Nanette Bridges. Participated in a mock trail, in which as a juror I listened to lawyers present a case, then formed a mock jury to decide the case, then answered questions about why we decided that way. The case was “tried” at Courtyard by Marriott, 6855 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV. The assignment was for one day only.

 

6/6/97 to 2/11/03 (5 years, 8 months) (concurrent, in part, with employment at RENTAL PROPERTIES)

THE WATER MART (Corylee’s, Inc. dba: Water Mart, #30), 1249 Baring Boulevard, Sparks, Nevada 89434 (775) 358-2500.

RETAIL CLERK (CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSOCIATE)/MANAGER ON DUTY. Beginning: $5.25 per hour, ending: $7.75 per hour, part-time (39 ½ hours per week, most weeks). Supervisor: Paul Lee, Owner. The Water Mart is a full service water store with an on-site water purification plant. I assisted customers in filling their bottles and jugs, bagged ice, assembled crocks and stands, stocked shelves with water related products, and rang up sales. I was usually there alone, closing on weeknights and opening and closing on the weekends. I was entrusted with the cash register bank of $175.00 per shift, with a drop ranging from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars. Fired because of customer complaints that I wasn’t “perky” enough.

   

4/22/97 (one day)

INTERIM PERSONNEL SERVICES, 657 E. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89502 (702) 829-8367; on assignment to ATLANTIS HOTEL AND CASINO, 3800 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV (775) 825-4700. (INTERIM is now SPHERION, 5580 Mill St, Ste. 100, Reno , Nevada 89502 Tel. 775/829-8367)

BANQUET SERVER. $6.00 per hour (plus tips). Supervisor: Kathleen. Helped set up banquet room, served food and beverages, cleared dirty dishes and helped tear down the room after the luncheon.  Assignment was for that one banquet only.

 

3/19/97 to 4/11/97 (24 days)

INTERIM PERSONNEL SERVICES, 657 E. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89502 (775) 829-8367; on assignment to SIERRA NEVADA JOB CORPS CENTER, 5005 Echo Avenue, Stead, NV (775) 972-5627. (INTERIM is now SPHERION, 5580 Mill St, Ste. 100, Reno , Nevada 89502 Tel. 775/829-8367)

RECORDS CLERK. $6.00 per hour, Full-time. First Supervisor: Janet Crites; second Supervisor: Jeanette Whelchel, Administrative Assistant. Initially I was assigned to purge files of terminated students.  This entailed sorting through several files totaling hundreds of documents for each student; and, using a folder contents sheet, putting a number of documents in a specific order into one file and all the remaining documents in a second file.  These files were then filed into two separate banks of filing cabinets, one eventually to be archived as the student’s permanent file, the other to be destroyed after three years.  I was told I was the fasted person ever to do this task.  Indeed, they were so happy with my work that Ms. Whelchel, the Center Director’s secretary had me work for her for an additional week after I had cleaned up the backlog in Student Records.  She was so happy with my work that she wrote an unsolicited Letter of Recommendation that said, in part: “Jerry is a very motivated self starter. He has extremely disciplined work habits and his work is completed quickly and accurately.  I highly recommend Jerry for any position that requires a competent, diligent, and excellent worker.” My assignment at Job Corps ended when the allocation for position was exhausted.

 

3/10/97 (one day)

INTERIM PERSONNEL SERVICES, 657 E. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89502 (702) 829-8367; on assignment to AMERICAN WATER HEATER GROUP, 14291 Leer Boulevard, Stead, NV (775) 972-4900. (INTERIM is now SPHERION, 5580 Mill St, Ste. 100, Reno , Nevada 89502 Tel. 775/829-8367)

PAINT PREP. $6.25 per hour. Supervisor: Julie. Removed water heater jackets, lids and bottoms from overhead conveyor chain as they came from paint plant. I was asked by American to return, but declined on the grounds that the level of air-borne chemicals was too high for me to feel that it was a safe working environment.

 

2/26/97 (one day)

INTERIM PERSONNEL SERVICES, 657 E. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89502 (702) 829-8367; on assignment to TAYLOR WOODROW HOMES, 5196 Mira Loma, Reno, NV 89502. (INTERIM is now SPHERION, 5580 Mill St, Ste. 100, Reno , Nevada 89502 Tel. 775/829-8367)

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT. $8.00 per hour. Supervisor: Janet Lexerda, Office Manage/Executive Secretary. Answered the phones (three incoming lines) and generally helped out about the office with filing, photocopying, word processing (Word for Windows), spread-sheets (Excel for Windows) and the like. They asked that I be reassigned, as they needed someone with greater Excel experience.

 

9/16/96 to 1/23/97 (3 months, 1 week)

RIVERBOAT HOTEL AND CASINO, 34 West Second Street, Reno, NV 89501 (702) 323-8877.

PBX/RESERVATIONS/FRONT DESK. $6.10 per hour, Full-time. Supervisor: Addah Moritz-Smith, Hotel Director. Answered computerized switchboard (Harris 20-20 Attendant Work Station) and took reservations on their computerized reservations and electronic rack system (Lodging System by Americor), as well as being cross-trained to work the front desk. The Riverboat was a full service casino with a live games pit as well as slots; a 24 hours coffee shop and three bars; gift shop; barber shop/beauty salon, and 297 rooms in two connected buildings (one 4 stories, the other 17 stories). Fired for “gross misconduct: use of foul and abusive language.” In a moment of frustration with the flood damaged phone system (the hotel’s basement and first floor had flooded in the New Year’s Eve Flood a few weeks prior), while on pain killers from a botched tooth extraction, I used the “f” word to the CEO (I was under the misimpression I was speaking on the phone with a buddy who worked on the loading dock) in describing the problems I was having with the system.

 

3/1/96 to 4/30/96 (2 months)

MIDDLEFORK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, P.O. Box 70840, Reno, NV 89570; 6001 Talbot Lane, Reno, NV 89509 (775) 824-4300

GHOST WRITER; $1500.00 flat fee plus expenses.  Supervisor: David E. Cox, CPA.  I was hired by David Cox at the request of John Harrah, son of casino magnate William F. Harrah, to write a history (30,000 word booklet) of the family ranch, called Rancharrah.  You will find it on my website in the ARTICLES section. Although John Harrah was pleased with the work to the best of my knowledge the booklet has yet to be published.  Before I finished this project I got the go-ahead on my first non-fiction book, which I spent the rest of that summer first drafting.  It was published in 1998 as HAARP: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy by Adventures Unlimited Press.

 

6/13/95 to 2/12/96 (8 months)

INTERIM PERSONNEL SERVICES, 657 E. Moana Lane, Reno, NV 89502 (702) 829-8367, on assignment to CURTIS INDUSTRIES, 960 Demming Way, Sparks, NV (702) 331-2020. (INTERIM is now SPHERION, 5580 Mill St, Ste. 100, Reno , Nevada 89502 Tel. 775/829-8367)

PICKER/PACKER; also served as the Rope and Chain Unit SUPERVISOR. $6.25 per hour, Full-time. Supervisor: Ron Bisset, Warehouse Manager. As a supervisor I over-saw the work of several people assigned to the Rope and Chain Unit where rope and chain related products were stickered with Universal Product Code (UPC bar code) labels. Also, picked items from the warehouse inventory via pick tickets, packed such picked items on the packing line, and helped load/unload trucks using a manual pallet jack. Laid-off when Curtis Industries downsized its Sparks operation.

 

5/9/95 to 6/12/95 (1 month)

MANPOWER TEMPORARY SERVICES, 1155 West Fourth Street, Suite 110, Reno, NV 89503 (702) 328-6000; on assignment to MCGUIRE RESEARCH, The Francovich Building, 708 North Center Street, Reno, NV.

OPINION POLLSTER. This was the third time I had been sent by a temp agency to work at McGuire Research. $7.50 per hour, Part-time. Supervisor: numerous. Conducted telephonic marketing and political opinion surveys. Quit to work Full-time for Interim on assignment to Curtis Ind.

 

4/27/95 to 4/29/95 (3 days)

OFFICETEAM, 50 West Liberty Street, Suite 680, Reno, NV 89501-1947 (702) 786-9341; on assignment to RENO AIR, 220 Edison Way, Reno, NV (702) 686-3835. (OFFICETEAM is now located at 5420 Kietzke Lane, Suite 209, Reno, NV 89511 (775) 828-1353, Fax: (775) 828-1352, www.officeteam.com, email: reno@officeteam.com)

DATA ENTRY CLERK. $7.50 per hour, Part-time. In-put data from traveled-on airline tickets into the accounting database (which utilized some portion of American Airline’ Sabre system). Reno Air asked Officeteam to reassign me as they felt I was not quite fast enough on their system for their production requirements.

 

1/24/95 to 4/26/95 (4 months)

WESTERN TEMPORARY SERVICES, 3652 S. Virginia Street, Suite C-3, Reno, NV 89502 (702) 827-5544; on assignment to AUTHENTIC FITNESS CORPORATION/SPEEDO, 901 East Glendale Street, Sparks, NV (702) 355-1322.

LOADING/UNLOADING DOCK WORKER, EXPEDITOR. Beginning: $5.25 per hour, end: $6.25 per hour, Full-time with much overtime. Supervisor: Rod Beck. First I was assigned to unloading trucks on the Receiving Dock, then reassigned to the Trouble Desk as an Expeditor, moving goods from one part of the Speedo warehouse to another. I was given the additional responsibility of maintaining the T-shirt section of surplus in good (product code) order. Here I used both electric and manual pallet jacks. Quit because working for extended periods of time on concrete floors with much heavy lifting was just too painful.

 

12/94 to 1/20/95 (1 month)

PREMIER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, 803 West Fourth Street, Reno, NV 89503 (702) 786-1347; on assignment to MCGUIRE RESEARCH, The Francovich Building, 708 North Center Street, Reno, NV.

OPINION POLLSTER. $4.75 per hour, Part-time. Supervisor: numerous. Conducted telephonic marketing and political opinion surveys. Quit to work Full-time for WESTERN TEMPORARY SERVICES, on assignment to Authentic Fitness Corporation/Speedo.

 

1/13/95 to 1/15/95 (3 days)

OFFICETEAM, 50 West Liberty Street, Suite 680, Reno, NV 89501-1947 (702) 786-9341, on assignment to THOMAS & BETTS, 250 Lillard Drive, Sparks, NV (702) 352-2400. (OFFICETEAM is now located at 5420 Kietzke Lane, Suite 209, Reno, NV 89511 (775) 828-1353, Fax: (775) 828-1352, www.officeteam.com, email: reno@officeteam.com)

INVENTORY AUDITOR. Sent on a three-day assignment to participate in auditing an inventory of the THOMAS & BETTS warehouse. My team was commended for its work.

 

10/94 to 12/94 (3 or 4 days)

UNEMPLOYED/TEMPORARY STAFFING WORKER. Went to Portland, Oregon, to look for my son after my ex-wife illegally moved from Oregon to another (then unknown) state without informing me (we had joint custody). While in the Portland area I worked one day with CROWD MANAGEMENT SERVICES (CMS) (5775 Jean Rd # 215, Lake Oswego, OR 97035 (503) 222-5957) doing SECURITY at a University of Oregon at Eugene football game. I also worked for 2 or 3 days for EMPLOYER’S OVERLOAD (610 SW Broadway, Suite 400, Portland, OR 97205 (503) 224-3155) as a PARKING FLAGGER at Lloyd Center (Portland’s largest shopping mall).

 

6/16/93 to 10/7/94 (1 year, 4 months)

VAGABOND INN, 3131 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502 (775) 825-7134.

MANAGER ON DUTY (MOD)/FRONT DESK CLERK. $6.00 per hour, Part-time with occasional Full-time. Supervisor: Bill Heller, Manager. In addition to supervising the actions of other staff on duty (shuttle drivers and Guest Room Attendants (GSAs)) I checked guest in and out, took reservations, ran the PBX, maintained the free coffee and donuts station, fielded traveler’s questions and sold souvenirs. Used the Micros computerized guest ledger system, the Leading Edge “Dream Machine” computer, printer and a fax/copier. Quit to go to Oregon to search for my son.

 

11/92 to 6/93 (8 months)

PREMIER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, 803 West Fourth Street, Reno, NV 89503 (702) 786-1347; on assignment to MCGUIRE RESEARCH, The Francovich Building, 708 North Center Street, Reno, NV.

OPINION POLLSTER. $4.50 per hour, Part-time. Supervisor: numerous. Conducted telephonic marketing and political opinion surveys. After two months I was promoted to the “A Team” comprised of their best pollsters. Quit to work for the Vagabond Inn.

 

8/92 to 11/92 (3 months)

FLAMINGO HILTON HOTEL & CASINO, 255 North Sierra Street, Reno, NV 89501 (702) 322-1111.

RESERVATIONS CLERK. $5.25 per hour, Full-time. Supervisor: Tina Risden, Acting Reservations Manager. Answered Hilton’s local and 1-800 reservations phone lines, booking reservations for callers to Hilton properties in Reno and elsewhere. Also did data-entry of reservations booked in-house and via fax. Used the “Hiltron” computerized reservation system. Originally I was hired for what was expected to be just five weeks while another reservations clerk was on maternity leave. They were so pleased with my work, however, that I was kept on another month until the annual seasonal slow-down caused Hilton to reduce staff for the winter.

 

6/90 to 8/92 (2 years, 2 months) (concurrent with employment at RAINBOW BEACH, INC.)

NATIONAL UFO MUSEUM (NUFOM), 150 North Center Street, Suite 223, Reno, NV 89501-1603.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and EDITOR-IN-CHIEF. Profit share, Part-time to begin, later Full-time. Supervisor: Jim Keith, Chairman of the Board of Directors. I wore a great number of “hats” in the effort to create the museum, its bookstore and gift shop, quarterly journal and international membership. In addition to the administrative functions of running a small business and directing an all-volunteer staff, I communicated with thousands of UFO researchers and enthusiasts around the world, edited what became a respected UFO journal, NOTES FROM THE HANGAR, got to know the Reno Redevelopment Agency and other civic leaders, and was interviewed locally and across the United States and Canada on dozens of radio programs and one television show. I was laid off when the project was terminated by decision of the Board of Directors.

 

12/90 to 7/91; also 3/89 to 2/90; and 9/88 to 2/89 (24 months)

RAINBOW BEACH, INC. (RBI), Greyhound Bus Terminal, 155 Stevenson Street, Reno, NV 89503 (702) 332-2970.

BAGGAGE HANDLER, CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSOCIATE (CSA) & MANAGER ON DUTY. Worked for this company three times: ending on a salary of $1,000.00 per month, which started at $5.50 per hour. The two previous times of employment with RBI were at $5.00 and $4.50 per hour, respectively. All were Full-time. Supervisor: Peggy Taverner, General manager. RBI was a franchise holder, which held the right to operate the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Reno, Nevada. As CSA I was primarily the ticket counter sales agent. I also helped load and unload buses, check and claim luggage, and assisted at the package express counter. Heavy phones. I was twice rehired after being laid off due to seasonal slow-downs. During my employment with RBI I spent two years on the graveyard shift were I was also the Manager On Duty (MOD), with responsibility for overseeing the work of other RBI employees, such as baggage handlers and janitors. Used both Greyhounds’ “POS” (Point Of Sale) manual ticketing system and their proprietary “Gateway” computerized ticketing system. I was laid off the third time when Greyhound Bus Lines pulled the RBI franchise, and the new owner, Greyhound Venture, Inc, did not hire me.

 

12/15/87 to 2/15/88 (2 months)

THE TRAVEL CENTER, 71 Keystone Avenue, Reno, NV 89503 (775) 323-0110.

TRAVEL AGENT. Salary at $1,000.00 per month, Full-time. Supervisor: Suraj Zutshi, CTC, Owner. Booked travel reservations for walk-in and phone-in clients. Used Eastern Air Lines’ “System One Direct Access” (SODA) computerized reservations system. Not hired at end of two-month trial period by mutual agreement.

 

I moved to Reno in December of 1987. To see what I did before that go to PAGE TWO 

 


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