MARGIE FALCONE former Star-Kist PBX Switchboard Operator
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MARGIE FALCONE WAS BORN IN SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA IN
1913. Her mother was born in Los Angeles to Italian parents
and her father emigrated from a small fishing village in Italy near Portofino. Her father fished for the wholesale markets
while her mother stayed home with their seven children.
teenager Margie felt a strong draw toward the church and considered
becoming a nun but her father discouraged her. Instead, after
graduating from Mary Star of the Sea High School, Margie started a
business school program, determined then to be in the working world.
In 1941, her schooling was cut short when the phone company responded
to her application. Margie learned the switchboard and became a PBX
(Private Branch Exchange) operator. more →
IMAGE OF MARGIE FORTHCOMING
In 1946, she was hired to
work the switchboard for Star-Kist. Margie remembers her direct
supervisor being an unfriendly man but she also remembers making good
friends with other women in the offices and on the
kitchen staff. She participated in an in-house bowling team, remembers
Star-Kist social events, and continued friendships outside of work.
lived on her own or with roommates through her adult life. Very recently she has moved into a
retirement home connected to her church community.