Booker Brooks, the original foreman at Wellman Plastics, where Roseanne and Jackie were employed in Season 1, appeared in 11 episodes of the series during that time. The part was a breakthrough role for future film superstar actor George Clooney. According to Roseanne Barr, he was asked to reprise his role in Season 10 but turned it down.
The original foreman at Wellman, Booker wasn't always taken seriously by the workers, but compared to their future boss, Roseanne and the others appreciated him a little bit more. He dated Jackie for a while, and they tried to keep it a secret. He set the quotas at Wellman at 5,500, much lower than the 8,000 their next boss made.