Ron Fuss, started as a “paste boy” in the Government Printing Office Bindery in 1938. Such young blokes had swept the front footpath, run messages and fetched lunch orders at the “Guv” since 1860.
Ron was given a seven year apprenticeship in hand and machine composition.
He was a fit young man our Ron and he beat out the entire field to win the prestigious Office Handicap in 1940.
At work he “watched” the tradesmen go about their work, got clipped behind the ear if he made a mistake and helped the storeman raise the Aussie Flag by clambering through the skylight to the top of the Old Guv’s roof.
Then they would take time out to watch the cricket being played down on the Adelaide Oval.
When the Second World War broke out Ron joined the Navy and went to sea on the “Manoora” landing troops on islands in the Pacific.
Ron rarely spoke about the war, but he did tell me that whilst working as a medic in the sick bay he looked down at a young soldier dying in front of him and realised it was a friend from the Printers’ Trade School in Adelaide. He was devastated.
He returned to the Guv to finish his time and was transferred into the complex world of the Monotype Keyboard Room where he worked with a bunch of blokes who thought they were a cut above most of the Guv’s comps.