By Jack Limpert
“I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated.”
—Al McGuire, college basketball coach whose Marquette team won a national championship.
During five years of occasionally attending classes at the University of Wisconsin, I tended bar on nights and weekends, serving drinks at places from country clubs to shot-and-a-beer bars. I made good money, met a lot of people, and ended up agreeing with Al McGuire that you often can learn more walking around behind the bar than sitting in a classroom.