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Her family came to America in 1610.

posted Jan 26, 2017, 3:49 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 3:52 PM ]
You may know Linda Nickerson as an affiliate member of PSAR’s East County Local Government Affairs Committee. The Committee interacts with elected officials and government agencies on relevant real estate-related issues and concerns that pertain to the East County market area. The Committee also helps shape PSAR’s public policy agenda with strategic monitoring of critical legislation, as well as endorsements and advocacy efforts. Linda has served on the committee for the past seven years.

But did you know that Linda once spent a night as a go-go dancer at a nightclub in Manhattan, New York?

“I was 19 years old at the time and working as a flight attendant for Mohawk Airlines,” Linda said. (Mohawk operated primarily in New York and Pennsylvania from the mid-1940s until its acquisition by Allegheny Airlines in 1972.) “I joined the airlines because my father wouldn’t let me stay out past midnight. Our uniforms were mini-shirts and go-go boots. Our airline was never on time. We joked with our customers that it would be better to walk than take the Hawk.

“Anyway, one of my friends bought this nightclub in Manhattan and he knew his bartenders were stealing from him, but he couldn’t prove it. So he gave me $100 to dance for five hours in a cage and watch the bartenders. Sure enough, I saw how they were charging customers twice for their drinks and pocketing the extra money. They got fired and that was the end of my dancing career.”

Linda grew up in Trumansburg, N.Y., a village in Tompkins County in the Finger Lakes region of New York state (the population of Trumansburg was 1,797 in the 2010 census). Linda’s family moved from England and France to the New World in 1610. “My maiden name is Mount, and one of my cousins did the genealogy research,” said Linda. “A lot of Mount family members settled in Kentucky. I once met Miss Kentucky and found out that we were related. Back in the Civil War, we had 224 members fighting for the Union forces and 83 for the Confederates. I’m a fighter today just like they were back then.”

When Mohawk Airlines went on strike, Linda was one of the labor union representatives. “I like to go on marches and protests,” said Linda. “I’ve fought against power lines in the East County and sand mining in Lakeside.”

Linda has worked in the real estate industry for more than 35 years. “I am very fortunate to find a job I love and get paid well to do it,” Linda said. “Many of my clients have been with me for 25 years.” She moved to California and won the Affiliate of the Year award while living in Orange County. She moved to San Diego in 1991 and met PSAR REALTOR® members Jeff Campbell and Mike White at a Toastmasters meeting. “When I did my first speech I heard this banging noise, so I looked down and saw that it was my knees knocking together,” said Linda. She has worked in title insurance for the past 25 years. She joined Title 365 four years ago. She has four grandchildren, including a grandson who is a pilot for Delta Airlines.

Linda enjoys serving on the PSAR Government Affairs Committee. “We all don’t believe the same way, our politics are across the board, but we treat each other with civility and respect and still get along during our spirited discussions,” she said. “Our Association is well respected among elected officials. They want our endorsements, it’s very important to them. Endorsements from PSAR don’t come easy. We grill those guys and ask’em what have you done for us.”