I worked at Toy Village as a stock boy from June 1966 to June 1967, and as assistant manager from November 1968 to January 1970. The other full-timers were Marie Woods and Susan Hookins. Those were the days before Toys-R-Us hit the Bay Area and business for an independent, if properly managed, could be quite profitable. Ray Salvoni was a great boss, and his instincts and business savvy were unparalleled. I later went on to be an auditor, supervisor, and lastly an executive at the California State Board of Equalization, and dealt with many business people over my 32 years there, but met very few who were as sharp as Ray.