THE teacher announced that to practice spelling, each member of the class would say what their fathers did for a living and then spell the occupation. Mary went first. My Dad is a baker, b-a-k-e-r, and if he were here, he would give everyone a cookie. Next came Tommy. My dad is a banker, b-a-n-k-e-r, and if he were here, hed give each of us a quarter. Third came Jimmy. My dad is an electrician. But after struggling through a number of attempts to spell the word, the teacher asked him to sit and think about it for a moment while she called on someone else. She then turned to Johnny. My dads a bookie, b-o-o-k-i-e, Johnny said. And if he were here, hed lay you 8 to 5 that Jimmy aint never gonnaspell electrician.