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Cliff Clavin Approves of Trade Schools!

May 14th, 2010 · 2 Comments

John Ratzenberger, still most famous as postman Cliff Clavin on Cheers, spoke recently at the Log Cabin, a banquet and meeting house in Holyoake Mass., to advocate the value of skilled trades.

Ratzenberger, speaking to a group of local businesses, lamented that skilled trades are getting left behind by society and discounted as a career option by too many young people.  He asked employers at the meeting to take on groups of teenagers for summer camps internships that would teach them skills.

“Everything we are and everything we do, every single day depends on one person’s ability to put a nut and a bolt together. That is the most important job in America and we’re losing it,” Ratzenberger told the crowd. He added that the value placed on “working with your hands is dying” and that this can be a great way to learn some common sense.

You can watch Ratzenberger’s address below:

Cliff Clavin and John Ratzenberger

Cliff Clavin was the pedantic US mail carrier and best buddy of “No-o-o-o-o-orm!” who often interrupted conversations with “little known facts.” Contrary to Ratzenberger’s opinion of skilled trades, Cliff’s clear choice of career was the US Postal Service, believing implicitly that this was man’s highest calling. When he met Frasier’s career-cop dad Martin Crane, Cliff’s response was, “Couldn’t pass the mail carrier’s exam?”

Ratzenberger has actually had a lucrative, very successful post-Cheers career voicing numerous memorable characters in Disney-Pixar animated films, including all three Toy Story movies (including the one coming out this summer), Monsters, Inc. and Bugs Life, among others.

Tags: Skilled Trades Shortage · The Future of Trades

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