Danett Letterman

I worked for Jim as a legal assistant while I was in college at MSU in the early 1990’s. I blew up the engine in the little Nissan truck I owned and didn’t have a way to school or work and couldn’t afford to buy another vehicle. Jim let me use his little military green, five-speed, Honda for almost a year, so I could save up enough money to buy a vehicle of my own. After I stopped using the Honda, Jim donated it to someone at his church. I don’t know what I would have done without his help at that time in my life.  
The second story is more humorous: In 1993 I approached Jim about giving me a raise in my pay. I asked for a 25 cent raise; I was making $7.50/hour at the time. Anyone who knows Jim, understands he was ornery and loved to argue and irritate (in a fun way). His response was “If you want to make as much money as I do, then you should go to law school.” At that moment, I made up my mind that I would indeed go to law school. About a year ago, I ran into Jim and he asked how I was doing since I just started a new job working for the State. I told him that I am now making a little more than $7.50/hr, so I am doing well! Smiling mischievously, Jim said, “Do you think that’s a good use of taxpayer money?”

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