Greg Schwalenberg's other job takes him out to the...


April 14, 1991|By Mary Corey

Greg Schwalenberg's other job takes him out to the ballgame

Some guys are never satisfied.

Take Greg Schwalenberg.

You'd think working full time as the curator of the Babe Ruth Museum would leave this die-hard baseball fan as happy as Sammy Soso on Opening Day.

But nooooo.

When one workday ends, another often begins for the 39-year-old Pigtown resident.

Off comes the tie, on goes the T-shirt, and down he zooms to Memorial Stadium, where he sells Budweiser in sections 8 through 10.

"I look forward to it," he says. "The money is very good. You get to see a bit of the game and you're part of the atmosphere."

On Opening Day, he made more than $200 for a few hours of frantic work. In fact, over the last 11 years he's worked his way up from peanuts and hot dogs to become last season's top beer vendor.

The job, however, has its occupational hazards. He's narrowly missed taking a foul ball in the head several times. It's also curbed his social life dramatically, but he doesn't seem to mind.

"I'd probably be out there watching the games anyway," he says. Actor Ben Prestbury had never been on a set where his colleagues spent their breaks slurping apple juice, playing checkers and napping.

That is, until last month when he and 20 youngsters taped the first episode of "Kimboo and Kids," a new children's show airing on Black Entertainment Television Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

As a retired postman named Pop Bud, Mr. Prestbury plays host during the 30-minute program, which features cartoons of Kimboo, an African child who travels the world with his sister and pet parrot.

"I've always wanted to do something like this," says Mr. Prestbury, a 55-year-old father of five who lives in Lochearn. "For the last 15 years, I've been thinking there needs to be a lot more done for youngsters."

The new role has reminded him that even as the managing director of the Arena Players, he is not immune to the anxiety of auditioning.

While waiting to hear about the part, he says, "I found myself waking up at night thinking: 'Is it going to be me?' "

But since taping began, patience has become his most important asset, particularly in working with children.

"They need lots of breaks," he says. "Their attention spans don't go too far."

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