The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on December 2, 1982 · Page 22
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Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, December 2, 1982
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6-C THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, December 2, 1982 Champion's Daughter Goes From Rodeo Childhood To CPA TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Sitting behind her desk in the downtown office of one of the nation's "Big Eight accounting firms, Jana Shoulders appears every bit the big city businesswoman — her handshake is firm and confident, her manner efficient and her approach straightforward. But, fact is, this attractive certified public accountant grew up in a rodeo arena. On the outside she may look like the quintessential New Woman, but on the inside she's pure Annie Oakley. "Oh, I'm a cowgirl all right," says the 25-year-old daughter of 16-time world rodeo champion Jim Shoulders. "I was reared on rodeo and it'll always be a part of my life, no matter where I happen to be living." Sort of like you can take the cowgirl out of the country, but you can never take the country out of the cowgirl? "That's right. It's in my blood. I love living in Tulsa — it's my kind of town. But someday I'll live in the couiury again. It's inevitable." Ms. Shoulders is the third born of Jim and Sharon Shoulders' four children. She was reared in Henryetta with sisters Jamie, 34, Marcie, 21, and brother Marvin Paul, 31. They attended Henryetta public schools, but spent most of their summers following their dad and mom to rodeos throughout the country. In between school activities and rodeo- ing, Ms. Shoulders says there was always plenty to do at the family's 5,000- acre ranch — the J Lazy S — located eight miles southeast of Henryetta, where her father operates a riding school for aspiring bareback bronc busters and bullriders. Shoulders, who also raises rodeo stock, retired from SIX LA PORTE Junior High School students are now members of the Region XIX Choir following local auditions. Students selected include, front from left, Laura Wallace, Jason Haedge and Bobby Montgomery. On the back row, from left, are Sabina Vargas, Carloine Shannon and Kenneth Booth. The six were chosen from a group of more than 500 students from 30 schools. The region choir will perform in concert Jan. 22 in the San Jacinto College auditorium. Famous London Bookstore Closes LONDON (Ap) —A little bit more of old London died at twilight on a recent Friday, when the street door of E. Joseph, the secondhand bookstore, closed for the last time at 84 Charing Cross Road. "We are the oldest bookshop in the street and the best-known, despire Helen Hanff," said proprietor David Joseph Brass, whose great- grandfather Emmanuel Joseph, founded the business in 1876 and moved to Charing Cross Road in 1901. Miss Hanff is the New York writer who bought by mail across the Atlantic from booksellers Marks and Co., relating her 20-year correspondence with them in her book, "84 Charing Cross Road." , When the book came out in 1970, Marks and Co. was shut and empty. Now Joseph's is going. With drab green frontage stretching round the corner into Great Newport Street, the bookstore was prominently visible to book-hunters emerging from busy Leicester Square subway station. They knew this was the place. "The world and its aunt come to London to buy books, but times have changed and it's time to go. There are new and better ways of doing things," Brass said in an interview in the inner office, where entry was always by invitation only. Brass, 35, is giving up general bookselling and is renting offices over the bank on the corner of Vere Street and Oxford Street. He will deal from his catalogs of mostly rare books. Callers will be welcome but there will be no ground-level windows to gaze in and no outside racks to browse through. Emmanuel Joseph has been dead since 1929, although the business will continue to bear his name. Its new home, three-quarters of a . mile to the northwest, is nothing like Charing Cross Road. But the road is a shadow of what it used to be. Once upon a time almost every shop there sold old books. There are still booksellers there, but the steaziness of the Shoho district along its western edge has eaten into it. Pinball parlors, porno movies and cheap cafes have changed the atmosphere. Across the road from Joseph's a row of book and print shops have diap- peared into a vast hole in the ground, to await a coming complex of offices, shops and apartments. rodeo competition in the mid-1960s. "I had the best childhood anyone could have," says Ms. Shoulders. "During summers we stayed in motels, and after swimming all day, we went to the rodeo and got to feel important because we could ride in the grand entry and be stars. All of us had jobs, even when we were little, because it was the family business, and dad paid us for our work. We learned responsibility and the importance of teamwork." Although most of Ms. Shoulders's jobs were behind-the- scenes, she did compete in pole bending, barrel racing and goat tying events at rodeos through high school. "I really wasn't very good," she admits. "I was always more -interested in school activities and didn't want to make the sacrifices.' And, she says she wanted to "be somebody" in her own right. "I was a high achiever in school, and knew that someday I'd do something pecial. I wanted money but I didn't want it to be given to me or to marry into it. I wanted it to be my money; I wanted to earn it." A graduate of the University of Tulsa with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Ms. Shoulders joined the accounting firm nearly four years ago, and has worked her way up to supervising senior tax specialist. "I guess I've been a fast-tracker," she says. "But I've worked hard, and I'm very competitive. My mom says I've always been like my dad in that respect. "When we want something, we're not afraid to go after it." Ms. Shoulders says she knew she was a "classic accountant" after taking her first few accounting classes at TU. "I really got into the debits and credits," she says. "I was hooked. I knew this is what I wanted to do." Her rodeo friends were more than a little surprised by her career choice, she says. "It seemed so boring to them," she says. "But their idea of a job is traveling all the time and competing one or two nights a week. That's not a job; it's just touring the country and having fun." Ms. Shoulders says her parents never pushed their children to pursue careers in rodeo, and, in fact, "subtly discouraged it." "They didn't really care what we did, as long as it was something we enjoyed and at which we could excel," she says. "I think they thought rodeoing was too limited." During summers and weekends while Ms. Shoulders was studying at TU, she worked for her dad as a secretary, keeping track of winners' earnings at rodeos and helping manage the books for his businesses. That experience, she says, gave her her first real taste of accounting. But, more importantly, working for her dad provided her with an insight into leadership, she says. "I owe everything — all my drive and ambition and positive outlook — to my parents," Ms. Shoulders says. "I grew up being told there was nothing I couldn't do, and there was no reason I couldn't be the best at it." Ms. Shoulders is not ashamed to admit her name probably helped her get her job, but says it has had nothing to do with keeping it or with her promotions. "My name has afforded me lots of opportunities, and I'm grateful for that. "But you can't work for a Big Eight CPA firm if you're not good at your job. You could be as personable as they come and have all the contacts in the world, but if you can't foot the load, you're out. Your background doesn't amount to a hill of beans." In some cases, Ms. Shoulders says her name might be a detriment in her career, "because it's probably hard for some people to imr agine a cowgirl could be good at anything else." Married in May to Robert Soza, also a CPA, Ms. Shoulders kept her maiden name, she says, "because it was the best thing my father gave me." "He worked long and hard to make his name famous and it doesn't seem fair that I should have to give it up because I'm female." 25% OFF regular 22.00-30.00 Fashion Blouses The versatile blouse that is tops for everything from jeans to suits. 100% polyester in fall basic and fashion colors in solids and prints. Sizes 8-18. Missy Coordinates Koret r *&sj 30% OFF regular 29.00-75.00 Woven stretch "butter" poly ester classics that are rich in color. Red and navy with accents of winter white. Cardigan jacket with soft stiirred yoke skirt or pant. Blouses in stripes and prints. Sizes 8-18. 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