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Wisdom from Cliff Clavin
John Ratzenberger is one of the few celebrities to actively promote careers in the trades.
Along with Mike Rowe, one of the few celebrities promoting American manufacturing and blue collar careers is John Ratzenberger, best known to TV viewers as Cliff Clavin from “Cheers”, still one of the funniest shows ever.
He was recently named to serve on a U.S. Department of Labor Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. His show, “Made in America,” ran for five seasons, and would take viewers through the manufacturing process of everyday items.
Ratzenberger was a guest speaker at the recent Mechanical Service Contractors of Americaconference in Boca Raton, Fla. His message was a lament of the fact that kids today don’t know how to build things, and that the American blue collar workforce is fast disappearing.
“Today, people who graduate from high school can’t even read a ruler,” he moaned. Growing up, “We never had repairmen come to the house. If you didn’t know how to do it, or your father or uncle, then the guy down the street did. Somebody knew how to do it. I didn’t realize how fortunate I was to grow up in an atmosphere where everybody was capable. Everybody knew how to do something.
“Manufacturing and the use of tools is the backbone of America,” Ratzenberger said. That’s who we are in America. We make things happen.”
So tell your kids to become plumbers, carpenters, and yes, HVAC technicians.
America needs them, parents. Please help.