Working ‘The Cat Rack’ 1974

This is me in 1974. It was 48 years ago. I worked on the famous “Cat Rack” at the Million Dollar Pier. This is the only photo ever taken of me on the Million Dollar Pier.

Incredibly, the photo was taken by my identical twin brother, Don, who has taken tens of thousands of photos from it.

We bought the camera together, buying it second-hand from a thrift store in Ventnor City. It was one of the first models of self-development.

Harry Hurley – TSM

Photo by Don P. Hurley.

Almost half a century later, I have such fond memories of working at Million Dollar Pier.

It was a great summer job and a testing ground at a very young age.

You were responsible for managing all aspects of a small business.

  • Have the correct amount of cash on hand to give change at the point of sale.
  • Fill the game of skill with stuffed animals.
  • Collect payment from customers.
  • Create a welcoming atmosphere to attract business.
  • Reconcile receipts at the end of each shift.
  • He taught the discipline in many ways. Respect of a timetable. Arrive at work on time.
  • Complete the requested tasks.
  • Accept responsibility and direction from superiors.
  • Be part of a team.

Million Dollar Pier was wonderful. There were so many great rides, as well as countless games of skill and chance.

At that time, you were looking forward to turning 14 because you could officially apply to get your work documents.

We were working full time. He taught character, responsibility and life lessons at a very young age.

It prepared you for what would come later in life. You’ve developed good work habits, which will pay off in valuable dividends later on.

Several times during each shift I would hear all the schtick coming from ‘The Ape Girl’ and other live attractions.

Kenneth McIntyre – Million Dollar Pier 1978.

Kenneth McIntyre – Million Dollar Pier 1978.

Million Dollar Pier operated from 1906 to 1981. It was built by a larger-than-life man named Captain John L. Young, with a partner, Kennedy Crossan, who was a builder from Philadelphia.

Young was an experienced showman who began his career in Atlantic City in 1891, managing Young’s Ocean Pier, which later became Central Pier.

Young built a nicer house on The Million Dollar Pier. It was beautiful, with evenly placed statues and a perfectly manicured lawn.

Captain Young’s home address was 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Here is a glimpse of Captain Young’s magnificent home.

The Million Dollar Pier was built in the Mediterranean
Renaissance style by architect Addison Miner.

The Mediterranean Revival style architecture was specifically selected to create the romanticism found in the Mediterranean.

Their belief was that it would encourage Americans to vacation here in Atlantic City, rather than vacation abroad.

Before the casino era, Atlantic City’s piers and grand hotels were the lifeblood of our region.

They were visionaries, proven to be right time and time again.

SOURCES: Biography of Captain John L. Young & Million Dollar Pier.

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