Forget the obvious training grounds of journalism, law, education, and the like: The best preparation for a PR career might belong to Major Lee Reynolds, who before being assigned to the Army's public affairs office at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, spent his summers as - drum roll, please - a pro sports mascot.That's right: As reported in last Monday's New York Post, Reynolds is currently on leave from his gig as Mr. Met, the creature with an enormously oversized baseball head, who roams Shea Stadium during Met home games.
"From my experience, if you are good, you're quick on your feet,
said Jonathan Schloss, director of US operations for International Mascot and a one-time Paddington Bear at Busch Gardens in Virginia. "You're also able to deal with all types of situations - happy fans, irate fans, teary fans."
And, at least in Reynolds' case, weapons-wielding fans as well: "We like to call it 'Hit Mr. Met in the Head Day,'
he told the Post, before explaining that the organization now runs the promotion by giving the commemorative bats away "at the end of the game."