National Geographic : 1994 Dec
1W j n " 7. R fj r.i R.Y y' r lift wbu ". a'. 4 , w "All it comes down to is experience," says Brooklyn roofer Jim Kelly, at left, whose Whitmanesque tally of jobs covers "shingle roofs, metal roofs, hot rubber roofs, copper roofs, tarpaper roofs, and gravel roofs." Whitman himself shunned hard labor, opting for a bookish career at 17.