Jonathan Pelto has the distinction of having worked on winning political campaigns on both sides of the Atlantic—by age 18. The Mansfield, Conn. resident was bitten by the bug as an eighth-grader when he visited Connecticut Rep. Christopher Dodd's office in Washington to research a report on the energy crisis. "Jonathan has good gut-level political instincts," says Democrat Dodd, who appointed him youth coordinator of his successful 1976 reelection bid. Pelto was working almost full-time for Dodd by '78, when he was spotted by Robert Jackson, a British politician who came to study U.S. campaigns. Jackson, who had decided to run for a seat in the new European Parliament (the legislative branch of the Common Market), invited Jonathan to help out. After seven weeks Pelto wound up with one egg in the face (meant for the candidate) but none on it: Jackson won. This fall Jonathan will go to the University of Connecticut, where his parents are medical anthropologists. He is already looking ahead to Dodd's 1980 run—whether it's for reelection to the House or for the U.S. Senate. But come the mid-'80s the precocious pro, who. has just been elected chairman of his district's Young Democrats, may be unavailable—because he'll be leading a campaign for Jonathan Pelto.
Anne Schmid, 20, is almost certainly the most photographed woman of 1979. But few of the nearly 45,000 pictures she will pose for this year will ever be seen by the public. Anne beat out nine other young women to become the test model for Eastman Kodak's Technical Services Division in Rochester. "It's different, fun and challenging," she says, even though the job often requires lengthy sittings with blustery Lake Ontario for a backdrop. Anne, whose parents work for Kodak, had been a secretary with the firm for a year before becoming company model this January. She earns the same salary as she did in her former category—$14,300 a year—and the work isn't so glamorous in other respects either. Since the photos are primarily for checking out the quality of color film, Anne is usually wearing (to cut costs) out-of-date fashions like a knock-'em-dead yellow minidress. Her boyfriend, the owner of a local auto body shop, was leery at first of her new job lest she go Cheryl Tiegs on him. Indeed, Anne hopes being the Kodak Girl will lead to a more lucrative high-fashion modeling job and is postponing marriage.
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