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I am Seattle Center-Tom Henning

TOM HENNING worked in broadcasting and advertising, before retiring and becoming an usher at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall ten years ago. When he was a boy, he took the train with his grandmother to see operas at the Met.

“The everyday job is working at an aisle, and helping people find their seats, and helping them with little extra things that they might need.  The most asked question: where’s the restroom?

The job never gets old. I’ve worked 41 Nutcrackers. I look forward to every day. This is more than just a job, this is fun. I get enthused about it. I’ve been to a lot of opera houses, in Europe and the United States and all that. I’d say this is right up at the top. The whole place is wonderful. I work with just top-flight people. We have a wonderful head usher, wonderful associates. I’m very pleased with everything. I don’t think I’ve ever had a single complaint about anything, except for my feet sometimes hurt. That’s about it.”

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