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Rodney Miller has worked as a part-time usher and ticket-taker at the Mayo Civic Center for 55 years.
Miller started working for the Guest Services department in 1963 at what was then called the Mayo Civic Auditorium. His goal was to supplement his income as an Engineering Tech at IBM and help pay his fishing and hunting expenses. “My friend said ‘come down here and work.’ We got paid $.30 an hour. If we were working a Mustangs hockey game, we got an extra $.10 an hour for scraping the ice.”
Over the years, Miller has worked at events ranging from pro boxing and wrestling to concerts by Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Liberace. “This place has brought some super nice events to town and we get some very big crowds,” Miller said.
Miller has enjoyed witnessing the center’s transformation over the years, including the most recent expansion. “It’s a super nice facility. They’ve done a good job in designing and planning it.”
Miller was born in Rochester in 1938, the year that the Mayo Civic Auditorium was built, and has been a lifelong resident of the community besides when he served in the Army in the late 1950 and early ’60. He still works a few events a month at the center, and doesn’t plan to leave anytime soon. “It’s a great management crew and it’s fun to come to work here. When you enjoy the people you work with, it doesn’t feel like a ‘real’ job,” Miller said.