Seattle City (spot)Light: Mario Gama, Tool Room Keeper

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The basics

How long have you been at City Light? On October 22, 2022, I will be forty years old with City Light.

Division: Transport and distribution operations

Tell us about your role. What is your job exactly ? My position for the past two years has been as Tool Room Custodian. I make sure the tool room is running smoothly and is well stocked with all the tools our crews need for the different types of work they do. I have two great guys working with me, JD Webster and Sean Jackson. For the first 38 years, I worked in the field with right-of-way crews, overhead line crews, pole crews, underground residential distribution crews, and network crews.

Bothell Substation North End Right-of-Way Crew (1985). It’s me, in the first row on the far left.

Background

Hometown: Gardena, California.

foster mother: Gardena High School and the prestigious “School of Hard Knocks”.

Tell us about your family: I have a wonderful wife, two daughters, a son and two grandsons.

Just for fun

What was your first job and what did you do? In addition to my paper route, I worked at Winchell’s Donut House making and frying donuts.

What surprised you about your work at City Light? The one thing that surprised me about City Light after all these years was being able to see all the changes that took place and knowing that I was able to be a part of it, good or bad.

If you could have a job for just one day, what would it be and why? It might sound a little scary, but I think I would like to be a homicide detective for a day. I find it very interesting how they collect evidence and interview people as they try to piece together what happened and hopefully catch the killer.

What is your favorite travel memory/experience? My favorite travel memory was a trip to Europe. We took a 14 day cruise from Southampton, England. We have been to Guernsey, Cork and Dublin in Ireland; Liverpool in England; Inverness in Scotland; and Paris, France.

What was your first gig?My first gig was when I saw the Rolling Stones in 1975.

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