Diary of a Company Man: Losing a Job, Finding a Life by James S. Kunen

By James S. Kunen

The humorous, insightful, and encouraging tale of a Sixties campus radical grew to become company PR guy who unearths himself, together with his fellow child boomers, in a spot referred to as “Too younger to Retire and Too outdated to Hire”

James S. Kunen—author of The Strawberry assertion, an account of the 1968 scholar rebellion at Columbia University—chronicles his adventures at the street to discovering which means in paintings and lifestyles. He lines his evolution from a rebellious early life who sees operating as one of those dying, to a laid-off company government who reviews no longer operating as one of those dying, to a reinvented and reinvigorated person who discovers anything vital and significant to do.

The event of falling sufferer to America’s recession-ravaged economic climate (and the folks who run it) leads him alongside a profession course some distance diversified from whatever he had deliberate. After years of constructing a dwelling, Kunen eventually learns tips to make a existence. Diary of a firm guy could be a revelation not just to child boomers yet to adolescents attempting to determine what to do with their lives.

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Also a concert pianist, he appeared in a number of films, including An American in Paris with Gene Kelly. June asked Lucy a number of questions, many of which we all wanted answers to; for example, “Lucy, didn’t you ever go to a late-night party and then have to be on the set early the next day, possibly a little hungover? ” 28 MY HOLLYWOOD STORIES Being an actor, I immediately understood what she meant. When I was doing summer stock, I would get to the theater early, turn on all the stage lights, stand in the blinding shower of light, look into the darkness where the audience would soon be, and fill myself with that sense of play, the joy of acting and feeling and the excitement that went along with it.

He thinks that the audience only sees him speaking, without sound, but the reality is that they can hear all the terrible things he is saying to them, such as (I am paraphrasing), “Hi, you bunch of morons out there! You don’t have a brain in your head. ” When he realizes that everything he has been saying has been heard by his admiring 42 MY HOLLYWOOD STORIES audience, he is devastated by it. That reaction is what Kazan wanted on film, and to get it he used all of the personal information Andy Griffith had shared with him.

His reaction was interesting, because he immediately responded by giving me his profile rather than his full face. If he could have morphed himself into another face, he would have. I wondered about his reaction, since he could have been visiting anyone in the building, but I instantly realized that he was there to see Gloria, the hooker on the second floor; and sure enough he headed right for that stairway. It was interesting seeing him, because just a couple of months earlier he had taken over Jeff Hayden’s class, which I was attending at the time.

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