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Mockingbird Legacy IV

Lessons from A Bygone Time

By Benjamin Pierce*

My great-grandpa “Doc” Stanwell, friend of the great Atticus Finch, shared his Southern wisdom with me in his last years. His stories taught me valuable lessons that can be applied to your business. Join me now as I share lessons from the bygone days of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Doc said he’d never forget the day the great basketball player and promoter Chuck Taylor came to town to run a basketball clinic. The guy was a pioneer. Converse All-Star basketball shoes first came out in 1917, and Taylor soon became their first and most passionate spokesman. He even invented the seamless basketball in 1935!

At the end of the week-long basketball clinic, he gave all the participants a brand new pair of Chuck Taylor All-Stars, making sure each person had the right fit. (I still have the old, worn out All-Stars Doc’s son, my grandfather, wore for years; I can still see the dark imprints of each toe.) This was not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition, and there was no mad scramble to get the right size before someone else took it. No, Mr. Taylor took the time to fit the right shoes to each individual, one at a time. He even gave one kid a 9 and a 9 ½ because his feet were not quite the same size!

Finding the right fit makes all the difference in shoes and in life. As a professional staffing company, Mid Oregon Personnel helps job applicants find the best fit for their needs and goals. Just like Chuck Taylor, we take the time to consider the uniqueness of each and every individual we serve—their aptitudes, abilities and interests—and we match them with a compatible company. We always have job openings available, so give us a call or visit our website, and we’ll help you find that right fit!

Mid Oregon Personnel has full-time offices in Bend, Redmond, Madras, and Prineville. Visit for more information.

*Benjamin Pierce is a fictional character created by “ghost writer,” Kelly Walker.