Friday, February 20, 2009

Uncle Arthur - Enduranceman

For some reason, I've been thinking about my uncle on my mom's side. Maybe its because today is my mother's birthday. Happy birthday Ma!

His name is Arthur Winston and lived to be 100 years old (3/26/1906-4/13/2006). Uncle Arthur worked for the bus company for 76 years. Now that's what I call endurance. My mother told me he only took one day off of work and that was to go to his wife's funeral.

Uncle Arthur has the MTA bus terminal on Van Ness named after him back in Los Angeles, "The Arthur Winston Terminal". Even President Clinton gave him an award for Employee of the Century.

Here's some verbal footage of him on NPR's, Storybook Griot. I chuckled at his derision mobile phones. He lived a good life and must of enjoyed his work to work that long.



Dr. Marc and Tanya said...

Men aren't made like that anymore!

Reese said...

I remember when that aired and after reading some about him, I thought "he never should have retired." It reminds me of my father, not nearly as old, but he always said "you retire, you die." But he didn't mean don't retire from your job, he meant don't retire from staying active.

Pam said...

That's great!!