Saturday, November 17, 2007

Postal Service’s oldest employee still going strong

The USPS News Link reports mail handler Chester Reed (shown here) is an inspiration in many ways.

According to the write-up, Reed began working at the San Bernardino, CA, in 1973, after retiring from the Air Force — and has never missed a day of work during 60 years of combined federal service.

At 93, Reed is reportedly the oldest postal employee still working in the nation.

Reed is quoted as saying, “I started as a mail handler and I’m a mail handler today.I used to cancel letters but now I’m an equipment operator. I’m not ready to retire. I like the work I do.”

When questioned about his secret to longevity and Reed's answer is always the same: “Onion sandwiches. I eat one every day.”
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM