By Norman Sherman
Before I went into politics, I was a Minnesota journalist—a janitor, night side, at the Minneapolis Star Tribune for two stints in the 1950s. I borrowed money from the newspaper credit union to go to my first Democratic national convention in 1956. Ten years after the second tour as janitor, I was Vice President Hubert Humphrey’s press secretary. I got to know journalists in both places.
As a janitor, I got my first by-line. Humor columnist Will Jones ended most columns with a paragraph labeled Day Spoiler or Day Brightener. I would leave pithy notes in his typewriter and they often appeared in his column as “The Night Janitor Says.” I put it in my resume.