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Here’s to Prohibition, 1920-1933

Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the start of Prohibition, the day the nation went dry.

America’s experience with banning the “manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors” would last only 13 years. The 18th Amendment stands alone as the only one change to be repealed.

The Census Bureau estimates there were 229,239 U.S. bartenders in 2018. In comparison, there were 56,971 news analysts, reporters and journalists in the same year.

In case you are about to enter the employment market and are lousy at math, those numbers could mean you are four times more likely to land a job mixing margaritas and shaking martinis than one covering city council meetings.

Having had a modicum of experience with the latter, I suspect the ability to serve a mean cocktail will make you more popular with friends and frenemies.