Every day Mr. May would go to the 38th floor of this magnificent building and walk straight to the mail room! This is a job that he would have for about a year. I asked Mr. May if he liked working in the mail room and he replied, "Oh yes, this is where the pretty girls were!"
After working in the mail room, Mr. May was transferred to the Lubrication Department. I have to tell you, this was not his favorite job with the company.......as a matter of fact......he had a boss there that was a bit difficult to work with. In the Lubrication Department Mr. May would keep track of when the ships would come into port so they could be serviced and fueled up. He would then give the info to the Marine Department. I asked him if he liked this job and well.....lets just say he sorta plead the fifth! His boss was not the most easy person to get along with.......and we will just leave it at that! Mr. May was then given the chance to work for the Big Boss!
Gopher Boy.....This is what Mr. May called himself as he talked about his new position working as an assistant of the Vice President of Marketing! This was one job that he REALLY liked! This job, that he apparently did quite well at, lead to him then being the assistant in the Presidents office! The Presidents office was half moon shaped and it sat at the end of the building. The VP and the secretary had an office here as well and Mr. May was the "Gopher Boy" for all of them. He found this to be really neat because he would get to go with them to the airport in the stretch limo! The President would tell him to sit on the passenger side and help with the baggage. He then would help them as they navigated through the airport. As Mr. May was talking to me about his time in this position, he just kept a smile planted on his face. His eyes were wide and there was great joy in his countenance.......there is no wonder he did so well at what he was assigned to do!
After a few more years, Mr. May was transferred to the Film Library in Brooklyn. This was where they kept the educational films, primarily about oil and the exploration of oil. They also had a series on how the Airplane flew. These were all educational films that had been sponsored by Shell Oil and they were available for anyone to use. It was mostly Colleges and Universities on a "Loan" basis. When the films were returned they had to be run back on a machine.......remember, these were films that came on a REEL like they have in movie theaters! This was Mr. Mays job. He would run them back and see if there were any damages to the movies or flaws such as cuts and tears that needed fixing. He would then repair the movies by hand splicing the film. In his job, he would also help oversee the Library. After two years, he was then promoted to Manager of the film library! As we talked about all of this, he then interjected, "This was my day job!". Day job???? It just so happens that the good ole days of the ice cream parlor, well they continued on into his life as his NIGHT JOB!
After his time at the Film Library, oh and by the way, there were 4 different Film Libraries across the country......he was moved back to the main building where he started on the 38th floor. Well guess what........Mr. May was now over ALL 4 LIBRARIES!!!! In his new job, he would travel to each of the Libraries and keep track of each of them and how they were doing. Mr. May was definitely a blessed man who worked hard! Now is when his life took a turn that would affect his life forever........his desk......it was directly across from the most beautiful and wonderful woman he had ever met........the future, Mrs. May! Stay tuned because I am going today to get the continuation of this story! May God bless you all!!!!