This is a photo of my Dad when he graduated from high school in 1937. His father died during the depression when he was 12, so he helped support the family with his paper route. When he graduated, his family could not send him to college, so he got a glowing recommendation from the circulation manager of the paper and used it to get a job with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a mail clerk. He worked his way through the ranks, never leaving the company, and when he retired he was one of their leading group medical insurance salesmen. He won many awards for his hard work.
On the opposing page, I placed a copy of his high school diploma, his letter of recommendation and his first insurance diploma. I added a ticket which I labeled "transition" and wrote "unable to afford college, Dad turned a paper route into a successful insurance career."