Time on his hands
By PENNY FLETCHER
In fact, Joe worked for the world-renown Time magazine for 43 years, starting out as a copy boy and ending up as the magazine’s chief art designer.
“Our family had emigrated from
“Zoroastrain was a prophet, and gave us our article of faith, which is to do good,” he said.
Joe has certainly done that, and even now, continues living his faith.
“I always wanted to come to the
So at 22, leaving his family behind, Joe set out alone for
He needed a job and called the managing editor at Time on the telephone.
He can’t say enough good things about the magazine, or the people he worked with there.
“They even paid me the whole time I was away in the Army, just like I was working,” he said. “And when I came back, I went right back to my job as an office boy, then gradually learned all the departments and decided I really liked art design.”
Having been taught and spoken English in his native
“Time was known for hiring immigrants,” he told me. “In fact, the
When he started there, he made $21 a week. A fortune, he said, for those times.
At 89, Joe has seen many changes in the world. But he still ranks charity and education as two of the most important things in life.
He and his younger brother, 88, are the only siblings left of the original six.
“We all went to different countries,” he said. “One brother went to
Joe and his wife of 53 years, Erika, a writer, met in
“One of my daughters is retired from the public health service,” he told me. “Another daughter is a lawyer for J.P. Morgan in
Nothing would have been the same for the Nargolwalas if the
“After leaving Fort Dix (N.J.) I went to
Instead, he mustered out and went back to Time where he found his back pay from every week he had served.
“I can’t say enough good things about the way that company treated us,” he said.
So how did the man from Time end up living in Kings Point in
“Some of our friends had preceded us here, so we knew what kind of place it was,” he said. But the main thing was that at the time, our son was teaching in
That was 12 years ago, and the Nargolwalas are still enjoying
Joe is still active in the Kiwanis Club, as he has been for many years, and has received the organization’s highest honor, the George F. Hixson Medal, for his accomplishments.
Every year, he publicizes and plans events to raise money for four scholarships for
In February, he brought the U.S. Navy Band to
“I love doing things like that. Every one of the 850 seats in the Borini Theater (in Kings Point) was taken,” he said. “Sometimes there is no reason to do something except to give others pleasure.”