Paul Nawrocki: The Epilogue

On Mar. 22, a 61-year-old American named Paul Nawrocki rode his 1999 Mercury Villager to the Beacon, N.Y., metro station and boarded a train to Manhattan for his first day of work as director of operations for Fantasma Toys at 421 Seventh Ave. Prior to that day, he had endured 25 months of joblessness (including a few weeks of underemployment with the U.S. Census Bureau) and the possibility of losing his house in the face of staggering health-care costs for his wife, Louise, who needed hip replacements and has diabetes and uterine cancer.

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