Adelphi Vice President for Communications shares her first job.

At 14, shopping with her mother at Fleaport, a popular flea market in Lawrence, New York, Lori Duggan saw a help wanted sign at a bathing suit booth, asked for the job, and much to her surprise, was hired on the spot.

It may be the itch associated with Pulex irritans that makes a job at Fleaport sound inauspicious, but for young Ms. Duggan, it led to four years of summer employment and mad skills!

As the sole employee, she was responsible for it all – sales, customer relations, inventory management, bookkeeping, reporting back and being held accountable at week’s end by the owner. She also had to figure out how to get someone to cover for her when nature called, discovering a valuable talent for team building. And, as she says,“In the 1980s, for a girl growing up in the Rockaways, what could be better than all those free bathing suits?”

Ms. Duggan Gold is the former Vice President for Communications at Adelphi University.

Excerpted from A Look Back, Adelphi University Magazine, Fall 2009 by Abby Ptachik and Lauren Kalish.

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