Tales By Tom, the podcast on Thomas M. Cagley Sr.’s fiction
continues with the first part of a short story called "The
My plan for after college was to teach. I’d majored in English and
minored in Education…. but when it came time for my feet to hit the
asphalt, I changed directions and went into department store
retailing. With 7 moves over a period of 35 years, I went from an
entry level position @ $50/wk to being a general merchandise
manager in a store with 24 units --- at a lot more money.
As it turned out for me, I certainly am glad I made the switch way
As a buyer, then divisional merchandise manager, then a general
merchandise manager, I traveled a lot --- NYC, L.A., Dallas,
Seattle, Atlanta, Miami and many more cities in between --- over
300 trips and 34 trips overseas.
Not a travelogue at all, the story that follows is about my first
business trip overseas. To Rome. The first part that follows in
less than a minute is about #1 a remarkable turn of events, #2, a
very first of a kind, and #3, about the pope, NOT TO WORRY --- it
has nothing to do with the DaVinci Codes or Angels and Demons.
The second part that you will hear in two weeks is about #1, an
even more remarkable turn of events, #2 a very last of its
kind and #3 another sort of father figure.
This is a story called The Medal.
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