From The Publisher: Mar. 29, 1993

MIDWAY THROUGH SAM GWYNNE'S VARIED CAREER -- French teacher, international banker, prizewinning correspondent -- he and his wife Katie became temporary workers: royalties from Sam's 1986 book, Selling Money, had run out, and they , needed some income while looking for permanent employment. Gwynne worked briefly as a "production assistant" on a TV commercial (his job: raking and reraking sand on a beach to smooth it out after strollers had walked by) and as a secretary at Southern California Gas Co. Sam vividly remembers the unnerving insecurity that helped inspire this week's stories on temporary workers: "No health insurance, no pension...

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