I wonder if the Minnesota Historical Society will consider me for Lee Radziak’s old job? I don’t know how to run a lighthouse, but I am sure I could figure it out. (I am also going to have to convince Joy–she doesn’t like the cold!).
Here is a taste of Euan Kerr’s piece at National Public Radio:
There may be few occupations considered more romantic than being a lighthouse keeper. Lee Radzak, who will retire Friday after 36 years at the iconic Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior’s North Shore, might argue there are few jobs that people misconceive more.
Split Rock has been drawing visitors since the 1920s, when Highway 61 opened. People marvel at the lighthouse standing sentinel on the 160-foot cliff looking out across the breathtaking expanse of Lake Superior.
Lee Radzak moved here in 1983.
“This was a perfect place,” he said. “My wife and I just got married a couple of months earlier and we were ripe for a change so it worked out great.”
For lighthouse lovers — and apparently there are a lot — Split Rock seems to evoke solitude, at least based on the questions Radzak has fielded again and again.
Here is more:
The job will be posted in mid-August. Minnesota Historical Society manager Ben Leonard will lead the search for a replacement.
“Yeah, I think that this job will be probably the hardest job to fill in the historical society,” he said. “Because people think about the view, they don’t think about the email or the reports or the HR issues, because they aren’t romantic.”
Leonard says he’s looking for a historian with the patience and skills to manage crowds and to deal with harsh weather — and the occasional bear. But even without a formal posting, the Historical Society is already getting inquiries about the job.
Read the rest here. I wonder if they have WiFi up there?