|03-24-2006, 12:17 PM||#1|
100-Year-Old Transit Worker Retires
Heard this on NPR this morning, so I decided to post it.
Man Missed One Day In 76 Years
LOS ANGELES -- After more than three-quarters of a century working for public transit agencies, Arthur Winston retired Tuesday on the eve of his 100th birthday.
For decades, Winston, a bus maintenance worker, reported to work at a bus yard at the crack of dawn. By 6 a.m., he would be supervising a crew of workers as they cleaned and refueled the region's bus fleet.
Winston, who retired Tuesdaym he turns 100 today, NBC Los Angeles reported. He said he could have retired in his 70s, but wanted to continue working to support family members. But yesterday, Winston abandoned his routine and put on a suit, tie and black fedora and headed downtown to meet the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. There, he was lauded for his nearly perfect work record and decades of service with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
"I'm kind of nervous about leaving the job, I've been doing it for so long," Winston said yesterday. "I'm going to miss my crew. But I'll find plenty of things to do with my free time."
Winston has missed one day of work, transit officials say. That was in 1988, when his wife of 65 years died.
"He has an impeccable safety record, he never calls in sick, he's always on time, he's Mr. Reliable," said Alex DiNuzzo, Winston's manager of seven years.
A co-worker, Sergio Rubalcava, said Winston began each workday by bending over to touch his toes to demonstrate that he was fit to work.
"He's incredible," Rubalcava said.
Winston said he was born in Oklahoma and began picking cotton when he was 10. When droughts and storms ruined several crop seasons, his family headed west and in 1924 he found work with the Pacific Electric Railway Co. He left the company in 1928, then returned six years later. Local transit has operated under various names since then.
Winston credited his father for teaching him a strong work ethic.
"My dad got us out of bed whether it was raining or snowing. We got up at 6 o'clock, no matter what," he said.
He said he could have retired when he was in his 70s, but he wanted to continue working to support family members who were struggling financially or pursuing college degrees.
"It wasn't heavy work, that's the main thing," Winston said with a chuckle. "It's fast but not heavy, and I don't mind the work, so that's how I got by."
He said he plans to keep busy in his retirement by doing charity work and taking advantage of his free bus pass.
"I'll be on the move. I'm not going to sit and mope in the house," he said.
He was also offered a new job yesterday: to serve as honorary spokesman for the 99 Cents Only stores.
I think they also named one of the bus depots after him.
|03-24-2006, 01:56 PM||#2|
same as he ever was
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Cool! Holy moly, only missed one day of work? I think it's time for him to
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