Terese Sugden


After leaving BGHS, I co-owned Skyway Bakery. I did the books and my partner did the baking, business was great and an offer was made so we sold.

I had volunteered at Saint Viator summer camp teaching a dance class. It turned into a job. The girls in the 6th 7th and 8th grade could come to the dance production class or PE. We performed Godspell and yes it was a smash.

In the mid-70's the MGM was opening and I was the third cashier hired. I work for 7 and 3/4 years with Billy Rafferty, Gorman's biggest fan. R.I.P.

Love and Marriage uprooted me to San Antonio where we owned an advertising sales company. Texas and marriage weren't for me so I headed home.

I landed a job at the Desert Inn where I was a cashier in their gourmet rooms. We were fed well and went dancing nightly at The Brewery. Life was good until layoffs came.

I was sent to work at the Landmark, Riviera and Dunes until layoffs came in each.

Enough culinary, I decided sales was my thing. I went to work at the Antique Emporium. I fell in love with everything we sold; jukeboxes, gas tanks, autographs and vintage jewelry. This is where my American history class came in very handy. The owners retired and I was recruited for an assistant managers job at "Antiquities" in the Caesars Palace Forum Shops. Next, I sold slot machines at Cj's Slot Connection in the Stratosphere. I managed that store and enjoyed waiting on Chuck Berry, what a doll.

All these jobs we're just fill-ins until the day came to take care of Mom. I retired from 17 years of Dillard's to do so. Mom and I had two great years together probably my best!!

My boyfriend decided to take me on my bucket list adventure. Traveling in a motor home for 36 days we were off. We saw:

  • Cadillac Ranch
  • Graceland
  • Dollywood
  • World's Largest Toy Museum
  • Monticello
  • Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Amish Country
  • Hitsville USA home of Motown.

Wow. I only have two things left on that bucket list, one is being in a food fight and two drive in a demolition derby.

Now I dance three nights a week with that same great guy. I fly kites. I collect Beatles, Mickey Mouse, autographs and record players. My life is very good.

I must remember my first Gorman love, Romy Mowbray. Thanks for making my freshman and sophomore year fun! You're missed.



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