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Defense Secretary’s Daughter Gets Job At Yellowstone Following Phone Call

May 24, 1989

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) _ Defense Secretary Dick Cheney’s daughter will spend the summer working in Yellowstone National Park’s backcountry, thanks to a phone call from her mother to the park superintendent. Mary Cheney initially received a form letter rejecting her summer job application for Youth Conservation Corps crew leader. But after Lynne Cheney talked to superintendent Bob Barbee, a seasonal ranger’s job was approved for the college junior.

Mrs. Cheney, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, said Wednesday she never considered her clout, or her husband’s, when she called Barbee to inquire about a job for her daughter.

″I wasn’t calling as somebody in Washington, I was calling as a mother,″ she said from her Washington office after her role in the job offer was reported Wednesday by The Washington Post.

Yellowstone officials said it’s not unusual for them to review rejected job applications.

″We get phone calls from people many, many times. From congressional (staff members) who had one of their constituents who called them to check into things,″ park spokeswoman Marsha Karle said when asked about the turn of events.

″We do it on a frequent basis, where we’ll go back and look at things again.″

Mary Cheney is scheduled to start her eight-week job next month. She’ll be paid $6.74 an hour and will spend most of the time in Yellowstone’s backcountry working with Youth Conservation Corps crews as a camp counselor, Karle said.

Yellowstone hired almost 300 seasonal rangers from about 2,000 applicants, Karle said.

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