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My First Job: Mark Martin

Oct. 5, 2013 at 5:05 a.m.

MARK MARTIN

• Name: Mark Martin

• Age: 62

• City of residence: Victoria

• Current title: Commanding officer for Victoria's Salvation Army

• First job: My first job was sweeping floors at my grandpa's store when I was about 9 years old.

• What it taught me: I learned about money. When I first started, I was paid in sodas and snacks. When I was about 10, though, I asked to get paid. I got $1 a day, and when you're 10 years old in the 1950s, $7 a week is a lot of money. That job taught me that how you spent your money was key. What it didn't teach me was how to handle the arrogance that comes with having lots of money.

My First Job is a feature that highlights people's first - or wackiest - job and what they learned from the experience. Please limit responses to 100 words or fewer. Responses may be edited for style, content or length. A photo of the jobholder accompanies the feature.

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