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Coder, Caretaker, Programmer: First Jobs of U.S. Entrepreneurs

What was your first job ever?

At Reuters we have been asking prominent Americans that very question, to coincide with the nation’s monthly jobs reports. The results have been both surprising and revealing.

There have been family affairs: media personality Tavis Smiley worked for his dad, cleaning buildings around an Air Force base in Bunker Hill, Indiana, late into the night.

There have been slices of forgotten Americana: Vanguard founder Jack Bogle toiled as a manual pinsetter in a fire-hall bowling alley in Sea Girt, New Jersey.

And there have been those jobs that seemingly came out of left field: “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell made English-language learning tapes for middle schoolers in South Korea.

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