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June 22, 2009

Summer Job: Sauerkraut Runner

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Bob Goodale wrote to say that he has really enjoyed our series of summer job stories. When he was thirteen years old, Bob had an interesting summer job. Bob wrote, "I was a sauerkraut runner. Sauerkraut is cabbage and salt. The cabbage becomes moldy if the salt isn't evenly dispersed. In Iowa during 'sauerkraut season,' young men in hip boots trudged around in huge vats. My inseam is only 28" today, so you know I was a shorty back then. My job was to get in the vats when the brine was below their knees and 'run' around until the brine was well over their knees!"

It turns out, that summer job didn't turn Bob off from the food industry. He went on to become an onion dicer in the plant, and he kept rising in the ranks until he became the CEO of a supermarket chain. He joins Dick to recall the glory days of "sauerkraut running."

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