He Has No Truck with Unemployment, So When Art Fosle Needed a Job, He Didn't Spin His Wheels
updated 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
At first the only responses he got were honks and waves, but within the first half hour a driver pulled over and offered him a job. "It was in a junkyard and he was only paying minimum wage," recalls Fosle. "I figured I should keep my options open." His options widened plenty once the local media heard about his vigil. After three hours of standing in traffic and a day's worth of news stories, Fosle had a dozen offers ranging from selling cars to driving a delivery truck. He took the best offer, as a laborer with Campbell-Lowrie-Lautermilch Corp., a construction firm. "I figured a guy crazy enough to stand out in the middle of an expressway certainly wanted to work," says company president Robert Anderson.
As it turned out, Fosle's enthusiasm was a bit greater than his qualifications. "He doesn't have exactly the construction experience he claimed he had, but we still have him on the payroll," says Anderson. "He's a willing worker." Meanwhile, he has become a source of inspiration. A friend who needs a set of wheels is thinking about standing on the Dan Ryan with a sign saying, "Desperate man needs new car," and Fosle is planning to make a video on tips for job-seekers. "I saw a news story about a guy who made a video for lonely people," he says. "I started thinking that if he can sell a video, maybe I can. Nothing is impossible. This country is great."