|I loved Art with a passion. Who knew?|
There were several new obsessions for me Sophmore year, 1962 at SJS. I simultaneously discovered the excitement of a potential retail ¨buying¨ career by starting off as a part time salesperson at L. Hart and Son Department Stores. I loved working in the Men's Furnishing Department of the main store at Market and Santa Clara, downtown San Jose. The Buyer and Merchandise Manager scheduled me for as many hours as I could fit in. I liked them, I liked everyone at L. Hart and Son. I was fortunate/lucky and well-placed and later became an Executive Trainee while going to school. Alex Hart was President and he, Harry Schlisky and Nick Marafino
became my first great merchandising mentors in my newly formed adult life:
|Mr. Alex Hart, President, Hart's Department Stores|
¨He was a philanthropist, a businessman, a civic and community leader, a social arbiter, a charming host, a gentleman and a friend...
to be continued