Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 13, 1976 · Page 156
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 156

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 13, 1976
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Jordan Ryan (r), a law student and pan-time White House butler, fills water glasses before a luncheon at the State Dining Room. He White House udGrtaJit byLiamO'Ryan WASHINGTON, D.C J ordan Ryan is a 25-year-old third year law student at George Washington University who has a distinction that sets him apart from his fellows. He talked his way into a job at the White House by simply picking up the phone. Ryan arrived in the nation's capital in late summer of 1974. He had gone through Yale on a scholarship, paying for his living expenses by bartending. And then, after wandering around the world, he came here to law school. So there he was, ready to start his first semester and in need of a part-time job. Ryan dialed the White House. The switchboard operator, attuned to nut calls, wasn't buying the pitch of the young man who said he'd like to apply for a job as a bartender. "I'm sorry, we never hire anybody like that," she said. "You do have parties there, don't you?" Ryan asked. "You must need a good bartender." "I'll let you talk to someone in charge," she said. A male voice came on and said that as a matter of fact they did need some part-time help and told Ryan to get a Civil Service form and send it to John Ficklin, the maitre d'. Ryan completed the form, sent it to Ficklin, and after a few weeks started to forget how much fun it would be to work at the White House. One Saturday, though, the phone rang at the house Ryan rents with two federal workers. It was Ficklin, who said more forms would have to be filled out and an investigation made. Investigators talked to personal friends from Connecticut to California, to deans and professors at Yale. In December, 1974, Ryan was told his clearance had come through. He should report to Walter Reed Hospital for a physical, then to the White House to be briefed on the duties of the nation's newest butler--because that's what he was going to be--and what equipment to bring. The butlers have their own tuxedos. Ryan bought a "new, used one." And then one day, in early 1975, he got a call to work at a mid-afternoon White House cocktail party. Ryan had an early-afternoon class, so he went to school attired for work and received a standing ovation. Last summer Ryan became a While House full-timer between college terms. He has worked his way up from serving drinks to assisting at state dinners, served the First Family at dinner and taken Mrs. Ford her breakfast. There to work Ryan says the main point made at his job briefing was that workers are there to work. One student who had been employed as a butler had not fit in. He would put down the tray on which he was serving drinks and join in conversations with guests. "That's just not what we do here," Ryan was told. He got the message. Not that there are not temptations. Once, at a large tent party on the South Lawn, Jordan Ryan was moving about with champagne when a young female guest loudly announced, "I want to kiss you!" He got away safely. After the party, Ryan and other workers were taking down the tent when the young lady reappeared. "Hey, I still want to kiss you!" she yelled. Ryan escaped again."! need the job,"he says. How much bartending has Ryan done? Not much. There is little call for it, and other staff members are particularly skilled. Not that Ryan isn't a good bartender. No sir. But he's a good butler, too. ©bservations TV's Quality Summer. In case you I missed the start of "Notorious Woman" last week, you can pick up the second episode tonight on your ^ Public Broadcasting station. The " seven-week series dramatizes the life of George Sand--the brilliant, free-thinking novelist who scandalized 19th century France with her personal battle for liberation. Additionally, this week, same network, you can catch "Time and Time Again," the delightful British comedy about a bumbling dropout schoolteacher who takes up cricket and football to win the attention of a lovely lass. Mobil is also underwriting on PBS, beginning July 25. the six-part "Shoulder to Shoulder"; it's about the bitter, often impassioned struggle for women's suffrage in Britain, seen through the eyes of four front-line feminists. In next month's fare, too, is "The Man on the Rock," a poignant reconstruction of Napoleon's last days as an exile on the island of St. Helena. GUESS THE COMPETITION JUST GOT TO BE TOO MUCH FOR HIM" "If the politicians who're trying to climb into higher office over the bodies of America's oil companies really want to cut your fuel prices, we think they should stop monkeying around with more regulations and break-up threats, and let the forces of competition decide how big and how integrated an oil company should be." Editorial, KNBC, Channel 4, Los Angeles. Hoeing out of inflation. More than half of all U.S. households plan to grow vegetables this year, says a recent Gallup Poll. This back-to-the-backyard movement, which first burgeoned three or four years ago, seems to be here to stay. A summer's harvest from a well-cared-for 40-by-50-foot garden is worth $500, less about $100 in costs, according to Texas AM University researchers. Supplies of seeds, garden tools, fertilizer, and home-canning jars are plentiful. Since 41% of all American households plan to do some canning this year, gardeners will rejoice that factories of the major canning equipment manufacturer (Ball Corporation) are operating on three shifts a day, seven days a week, to help America keep the lid on. Mobil Observations. Box A. Mobil Oil Corporation. 150 East 42 Strctet. Now York, N. Y. 10017 C t*7f, MM Ox C

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