Officiating.com: Jack, how did you get into officiating in the first place?
Folliard: I was in college in the late 60s, and I was trying to figure out where to get "beer money." I saw guys reffing frosh and jv basketball games and wondered how I could get involved.
I went to a local (Portland) basketball association meeting and listened to the whole idea of working. When the guy finished speaking, I asked a veteran official if I had to be 21 to work. He had no idea. I found out 18 was the minimum age.
Once we found out I was "legal," I jumped on the wagon. Freshman games paid, I believe, $6.00 a game and JV paid $7.50. I worked as often as possible, and found I had enough money at the end of the night for beer.
Note: In the 60s in Oregon, an official received a game check at the game site before each game.
Officiating.com: Did you have a mentor?
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