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How do you pick the right career? The answer usually includes a lot of work, a lot of dreaming and little luck.
As a young boy, one might have thought that Roger Schlueter's greatest notoriety would be growing up in the Philmont home of Oliver North. When he was young and a student at Taconic Hills, he just liked having fun. He liked baseball, enjoyed spending time with his friends and liked to read and write. He played football and baseball in high school.
When he graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a degree in English and Psychology, he was thinking about a career in psychology or maybe a college English professor. But Roger needed to continue with schooling to do those things and eventually settled into a life as a substitute teacher. He was very popular with the students, and the kids loved his laid-back manner in the classroom. He also tutored students in the area and coached football and baseball. It looked like Roger would be in the hallways and on the athletic fields of Taconic Hills for a long time.
Here is where the luck enters the picture. A friend from college had been working on the Bill Cosby Show and when it ended, he used his connections in the TV industry to land a job on the staff of Major League Baseball Productions. Later when MLB Productions was hiring additional staff, he thought of Roger and Roger's knowledge of baseball and his literary skills. Bertrand Russell once wrote that "there is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge" and Roger had what many detractors considered a treasury of useless sports knowledge. But when he interviewed for the position with MLB, he was hired and worked up the ranks to his current position as Senior Coordinator and Editorial Researcher.
Roger has worked on various projects, all related to baseball. He is an expert on the history of the World Series and is the go-to guy for statistics on baseball. He is also the House Historian for This Week in Baseball, the longest running sports anthology show in the history of television. You can check out some of Roger's work at his blog, http://connections.mlblogs.com.
On a recent trip to New York to visit Roger, one of his friends looked on top of his television and said "Is that an emmy?". To which Roger replied that it was and there was another one somewhere in the apartment. He is too modest. His work has earned him two sports emmys, one for work on Yankeeography and the other for a video for the Houston Astros.
Moral of the story - Your dream job is out there, but you have to find it and work for it.
Roger lives and works in New York City and his family still lives in his childhood home in Philmont, NY.