His first three jobs must have made him bristle. He was a trolley conductor in Boston, but was fired for taking unauthorized control of a motorcar and wrecking it. His next stint, as a stable hand, ended when he was careless with his employer's horse. Then, working as a messenger, he was dismissed by his own brother for losing packages. Finally, he became a salesman for a brush maker. The housewives he served groused about the cumbersome brushes; he relayed their gripes, but his bosses ignored him. So Alfred C. Fuller, the original Fuller Brush man, went into business for himself, giving the customers exactly what they wanted.
Sep 1, 1985