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ORAL HISTORY

Brenda Salser


The Bright Star

Brenda Salser, born in 1949, was raised in Birmingham and San Diego, California. She studied business administration at San Diego State. After moving back to Birmingham, she married and worked in an office job. She quickly realized that she could make more money as a server and began serving tables in 1979 at Lovoy’s, an Italian restaurant in Birmingham.

Soon after that, she applied to work part time at The Bright Star Restaurant in Bessemer.  Salser became a full time employees in the mid 1980s. She quickly became an important part of the restaurant’s dining room. Today, she is the head server at The Bright Star. She manages the floor, waits tables, books reservations, and schedules servers’ work shifts.

Date of interview:
2020-02-04

Interviewer:
Annemarie Anderson

Photographer:
Nicole Du Bois

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