The Nation: Dropping Out

Last October Richard Neumann, a Naperville, Ill., land developer, devised a promotional scheme for his new $15 million resort complex. He decided to hire a flagpole sitter to perch atop his resort's 45-ft. flagpole for a year. The perch was actually a 10-ft. by 10-ft. cabin complete with refrigerator, television, bed, stove, chemical toilet and telephone. The pay was not bad either: $1,000 a month, plus a $2,800 bonus if the sitter stayed up for the full year.

The job winner was Paul Jacobson, 23, a Chicago news photographer, who at first passed his...

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