Bellman Jack Edwards ushers in all types of people to his New Jersey hotel
It’s a rainy night in Georgia
I’ve been working as a bellman at this same hotel in New Jersey since 1982. I started part-time; it was an after-hours job in addition to my regular daytime manufacturing jobs as a painter, material handler, belt splitter, jobs like that. When I officially retired in 1990, I started full-time. To me, it’s kind of fun working at the hotel. At my age (I’m 77), it feels better than staying in the house doing nothing, and you meet a lot of interesting peoples.
When a big sports star or someone famous comes to the hotel, everyone tries to rush in to see them. I don’t really go for all of that. But if they come in and they’re by themselves, I speak to them and everything. Over the years, I’ve met some interesting people—James Brown, Bill Cosby, Shirley Caesar (the “First Lady of Gospel”), and Billy Dee Williams. I even got Billy to take a picture with my grandson. Another time, Ray Charles was here . . .Read the full interview >>