Jerry E. Smith
In the AUP warehouse in 2007
Detailed Employment History
Jerry E. Smith
7/84 to 12/87 (3 years, 5 months)
FERGUSON GATES TRAVEL (FGT), 3435 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2916, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (213) 380-0321.
TRAVEL AGENT/ASSISTANT TO THE COMMERCIAL MANAGER. Salary at $950.00 per month, Full-time. Supervisor: Tom Hall, CTC, Commercial Manager. FGT was a major commercial agency located on the 29th floor of the Equitable Plaza. It was founded in 1897, making it one of the oldest travel agencies in the United States. When I worked there FGT booked over 3 million dollars a year in travel arrangements. Its client base was 85% commercial, counting major corporations among its customers. As well as being a travel agent with my own clients I assisted the Commercial Manager in a variety of ways: from file maintenance and ticket delivery, to phone calls and follow-ups. I used United Airlines’ “Apollo” computerized reservations system. As a rail buff I was made FGT’s rail expert and used Amtrak’s “Arrow” system to book about 90% of the agency’s rail traffic. I quit to move to Reno to work more closely with Jim Keith on getting our writing careers off the ground.
11/83 to 7/84 (8 months)
KOOL MAGIC AWNING COMPANY, 854 East Mission Boulevard, Pomona, CA (909) 623-4451.
CANVASSER (LEAD ACQUISITION). $5.00 per hour, plus $10.00 for each lead closed by the salesman, Part-time. Supervisor: Dean Love, Owner. I went door-to-door finding homeowners who would be interested in having an appraiser come to their home and quote them on having their property texture-coated. Also did some telephone “cold” calling. Quit to work for Ferguson Gates Travel.
April 1984 (about two weeks)
HARRY SILVA & CO., The Reno – America Building, Freeport Boulevard, Sparks, NV 98431
PHONE SALES. Base plus bonuses (amounts long since forgotten). While working at Kool Magic (above) I took a month-long vacation to travel about America on Amtrak. I spent 17 days of it in Reno. While there I worked in a “boiler room” in Sparks selling tickets to the Sparks Fireman’s Association Benefit Circus.
11 / 80 to 11 / 83 and 12 / 75 to 1 / 77 (5 years – see below)
THE (NEW) AMERICAN SAINT HILL ORGANIZATION FOUNDATION (ASHO FOUNDATION), 1413 L. Ron Hubbard Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323)-953-3250; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
EXPEDITOR, PAGE, FOLDER ARCHIVE CLERK, DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SERVICES & DIRECTOR OF PROCESSING. $20.00 per week plus bonuses and benefits package as a member of the Church of Scientology’s monastic order, The Sea Organization, Full-time with extreme overtime. ASHO Foundation is training and counseling center for the Church of Scientology located in the old Cedars of Lebanon Hospital complex in Hollywood, California. I began there as an EXPEDITOR in the mailroom. Then I was made a PAGE in the Hubbard Guidance Center (HGC), the spiritual counseling center. In Scientology this spiritual counseling is also called “processing.” After a few weeks as a page, I was assigned the position of HGC FOLDER ARCHIVE CLERK and given responsibility for maintaining the records of the spiritual counseling sessions called “Confessional Formularies.” This was a monumental job involving tens of thousands of thick file folders in several repositories on several different floors in several different buildings. The following year I was elevated to Department Head as the DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SERVICES (DTS). The Technical Division of the Organization was divided into three departments: Training, Processing and Technical Services. Technical Services maintains the records of and provided logistical support to the other two departments. As department head I supervised the work of 10 to 20 people as well as made up the department’s weekly financial planning. The following year I was also made the DIRECTOR OF PROCESSING, while still retaining all my duties as DTS. I was then responsible for maintaining the records of and directing the day-to-day activities of both the Guidance Center and the administrative units of the organization’s many training area. This involved such things as ensuring that parishioners were scheduled for their counseling sessions, that they were there on time, that the counselors had confessional rooms assigned to them, and so on; plus ensuring that each cluster of class rooms had student files clerks, needed texts, etc. By then I was supervising about 60 people, plus the few hundred parishioners receiving services in the HGC, as well as doing financial and other planning for two full departments. While at ASHO I completed numerous courses on business administration as part of the staff-training program. I also completed a religious studies program and was ordained as a Minister of Scientology in 1982. I also spent about 3 months working as the PBX operator. By that point I was working 6 to 7 days a week, 10 to 15 hours a day. The stress ruined my health and my marriage. I eventually quit over a dispute with senior management and a growing awareness that something was wrong with Scientology. I am not now associated with Scientology in any way.
9 / 80 to 11 / 80 (2 months)
DESIGN GRAPHICS, The CalArts Building, ? Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.
PRINTER’S DEVIL / CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSOCIATE. $4.50 per hour, Full-time. Supervisor: Doug Phazey, General Manager. Counter person and printer’s assistant in an instant print shop. I used a fantastic variety of machines and computers there. Quit to go to work for ASHO Foundation.
9/80 (about 3 days)
??? Downtown Los Angeles, CA
SILK SCREENER. Piecework. I worked for about three days for some company that produced silk-screened T-shirts. I used a manual, six color silk-screening “octopus” to transfer art to T-shirts. I was paid by the shirt, but charged for all mistakes – quit when I discovered that it ended up with me paying them for the privilege of working there.
3/80 to 9/80 (6 months)
GOGGINS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, Martin Street, Klamath Falls, OR.
PARTNER, CARPENTER’S ASSISTANT & HOD CARRIER. Profit share, Full-time. Supervisor: Paul Goggins, Senior Partner. Learned various construction trades while doing them (ceramic tile, cultured stone masonry, rough carpentry, siding installation, sheet rocking, mudding, etc.). Quit. I had bought half of the company but my partner was too lazy to make a profit so I sold my half and moved back to Southern California.
6/79 to 3/80 (9 months)
RECYCLED RECORDS, 347 East Main Street, Klamath Falls, OR.
PARTNER/COUNTER PERSON (CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSOCIATE). Profit share, Full-time. Supervisor: Jim Keith, Senior Partner. This was a used record and tape store, not affiliated with the one in Reno of the same name. Here I designed all our advertising and did most of the record pricing and restocking as well as handle the counter. After I got there Jim Keith got tired of the business and decided to sell out. Together we sold the business and I bought half of Goggins Construction.
1/77 to 6/79 (2 ½ years)
THE MANOR HOTEL FOR SCIENTOLOGISTS, 5930 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
LEAD STEWARD/MAITRE D’ HOTEL. $17.20 per week plus bonuses and benefits package as a member of the Church of Scientology’s monastic order, The Sea Organization, Full-time with extreme overtime. Supervisor: Gordon McLean. I ran the hotel’s dining room and all the serving staff, serving three meals a day, six days a week. Quit over need to get a real job to pay for wife’s pregnancy.
12/75 to 1/77 (1 year, 1 month, see above)
THE (NEW) AMERICAN SAINT HILL ORGANIZATION FOUNDATION (ASHO FOUNDATION), 1413 L. Ron Hubbard Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323)-953-3250 E-Mail: email@example.com
GALLEY HYGIENE AND SECURITY IN-CHARGE. $17.20 per week plus bonuses and benefits package as a member of the Church of Scientology’s monastic order, The Sea Organization, Full-time with extreme overtime. Began as a new recruit to The Sea Organization. First I was sent to basic training on the Estates Project Force where I did construction and building renovations all day while studying Scientology and The Sea Organization’s traditions and procedures at night. Later I was returned to ASHO Foundation where I was assigned to work in the crew dining hall (galley). Basically I was put on permanent “KP” duty. About a year later I was transferred to another Scientology property and organization, THE MANOR HOTEL FOR SCIENTOLOGISTS, as above.
9/75 to 12/75 (3 months)
SKYLINE: KLAMATH FALLS, South Sixth Street, Klamath Falls, OR.
ART DIRECTOR/ADVERTISING SALESPERSON & REPORTER. Profit share, Full-time. Supervisor: Jim Keith, Editor-In-Chief. As in Dharma Combat Magazine (above) I was responsible for bringing each issue of this “shopper” type newspaper to print. I also doubled as one of the advertising salespersons and reporters. When it became obvious that there were no profits to share I quit to join The Sea Organization at ASHO Foundation.
7/75 to 9/75 (3 months)
THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY, SAN FRANCISCO ORGANIZATION (SFO DAY), (now at) 83 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 864-3940; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web Site: www.scientology-sanfrancisco.org
ADVANCE SCHEDULING REGISTRAR. Profit share, Full-time. Initially I was put on a program of Full-time studies to learn the basic policies of the Church of Scientology and its organizations. When I completed my studies in basic organizational precepts I was assigned a position as a Registrar. As the Advance Scheduling Registrar my job was to get the church’s parishioners signed up for their next training or counseling service, paid in full in advance of their arrival for that service, and actually into the organization on or before their due date for said service. The organization was not doing well and the last week I was there my pay for the entire week was under $5.00. I took a Leave Of Absence (LOA) from staff to return to Klamath Falls to make some money. When I joined The Sea Organization at ASHO Foundation, SFO Day waived my need to return from that LOA.
4/75 to 7/75 (3 months)
SASARAMAZ AND FRIENDS, East Main Street, Klamath Falls, OR.
AIRBRUSH ARTIST/COUNTER PERSON (CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSOCIATE). Profit share, Part-time. We did airbrushed artwork on T-shirts. I designed and executed the art, as well as helped out on the sales counter. Quit to work for SFO Day.
4/75 to 7/75 (3 months)
Various FARMS in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
CASUAL AND FIELD LABORER. Minimum wage, or so. Worked mostly in the onion fields in the Tule Lake, California, area. Did this when not working at Sasaramaz And Friends.
8/73 to 4/75 (19 months)
BING’S SATELLITE RESTAURANT AND SPACE ROOM LOUNGE, Klamath Falls Municipal Airport, Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, OR.
BUSBOY. $2.10 per hour, Part-time. Supervisor: Theodore Bingham, Owner. Quit because of being bored with food service.
Spring/Summer 73 (6 or so months)
Various FARMS, HOMES and BUSINESSES in Southern Oregon.
CASUAL AND FIELD LABORER. Minimum wage, or so. Worked in and around Klamath Falls doing mostly irrigation work with wheel and pack lines. Worked for a week or so at JONES REFINISHING (421 Commercial St., Klamath Falls, OR 97601 (541) 884-3441) stripping and sanding chairs. Worked for a few weeks for Perry Chesnut’s (see below) lawn and yard maintenance firm (name forgotten). Worked one day at the KLAMATH ICE HOUSE unloading boxcars of frozen produce. I also helped out at Roger Ziegler’s DEER MOUNTAIN CABINETS (650 Lakeshore Dr, Klamath Falls, OR 97601 (541) 882-2694).
3/73 to 5/73 (2 months)
LINKVILLE STAR, Main Street, Klamath Falls, OR.
GRAPHIC CONSULTANT. Piecework. Supervisor: Perry Chesnut, Owner/Publisher/Editor-In-Chief. I did the graphic design, creating the look for the first issue of a new shopper type newspaper. Asked to resign when two volunteer staffers complained to Mr. Chesnut that they did not like my supervisory skills. After they got me canned, they quit anyway, and the paper folded.
12/72 to 2/73 (3 months)
DENNY’S RESTAURANT, 2947 South 6th Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97603 www.dennys.com.
DISHWASHER. Minimum wage, or so. Full-time. Fired, don’t remember why.
Fall 72 (2 months)
NORGE VILLAGE CLEANERS, Klamath Falls, OR.
“HEY YOU!” Piecework/minimum wage, or so. Part-time. Supervisor: Ben Kern, Owner. Originally I was hired to paint some advertising and public notice signs, but was kept on part-time to fill in: hanging clothes, cleaning machines, whatever. Quit to work full-time at Denny’s.
SELF-EMPLOYED, Old Fort Road, Klamath Falls, OR.
FREELANCE WRITER. This is when I took my first stab at full time writing. Nothing much came of my efforts and by winter I was back in the labor pool.
Summer 71 to Spring 72
Various FARMS and BUSINESSES in Southern and Northern California and Southern Oregon.
SALES/DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITATION/CASUAL AND FIELD LABORER. Minimum wage, or better. In 1971 worked a number of short-lived sales jobs, such as going door-to-door soliciting donations for CASA COLINA CENTERS FOR REHABILITATION (255 E. Bonita Ave., P.O. Box 6001, Pomona, CA 91769 (909) 596-7733 x 2150 Fax: (909) 596-4953), a Good Will/Salvation Army type support and rehabilitation organization for retarded people in Pomona, California. Did PHONE SALES for an aluminum siding firm in West Covina, California. In the spring of 1972 worked up the California coast doing field labor, working mostly in the Watsonville and Half Moon Bay areas and in and around Klamath Falls, Oregon. Did mostly weed abatement and irrigation work. Spent three weeks in the hills above Half Moon Bay in a hot house rose garden (75 acres under glass) de-budding. Quit to pursue my writing.
Fall 69 to Summer 71 (19 months)
MT. SAN ANTONIO GARDENS, 900 East Harrison, Pomona, CA 91767.
BUSBOY/JUICE GIRL. $1.71 per hour, full and part time. I began as a busboy and was promoted to a waiter position. That position was called JUICE GIRL as all the previous occupiers of that position had been female and they weren’t about to change the job title just because I was a boy. Mt. San Antonio Gardens was a retirement community operated by the Congressional Church. I was pressured to quit in a dispute during trade union organizing.
??? (2 months)
ESPIAUS’S RESTAURANT, Holt Avenue, Pomona, CA.
BUSBOY. This was my first real job, held sometime in 1968 or ‘69. I worked there about two months. I got fired over a misunderstanding about something I said to the timekeeper (apparently I made a joke that she didn’t think was funny).
Prior to 1968
As a child and teenager I worked for a few hours a week, most summers, from about the age of ten on, mowing lawns, pulling weeds, raking leaves and the like for neighbors and anyone with cash. In 1963, at 13, I spent the summer helping my father pick up horse manure and mend fences at a thoroughbred racehorse farm in Chino, California.
Return to Detailed Employment History - page 2