He picked tobacco as a youth. Snelgrove says many people falsely believe tobacco is solely a product of the South. At age 11, he took a summer job in South Windsor, Conn., picking shade tobacco, which is grown under cotton tents. “We went from sitting on our rears, to our knees, to squatting and then reaching,” he recalls of the arduous manual labor that many kids in his neighborhood did. He also kept the Hartford Courant newspaper route he started when he was 10, doing both jobs through age 15.