Thu Mar 16, 2017, 09:10 PM
Agent_86 (1,955 posts)
You can call him Al
This story is from 2012.
After decades of loyal service from their employees, many companies will reward them with a gold watch or a silver pen. When Al Blackman celebrated his anniversary with American Airlines this week, the company took him flying.
It was not just any flight. On Wednesday, Mr. Blackman was treated to scenic views of New York from a fully restored DC-3, a plane flown by the airline between 1936 and 1947. Then again, it was not any anniversary. Mr. Blackman had just completed 70 years on the job.
“I think they wanted an antique to fly in the antique,” Mr. Blackman said.
When a reporter asked him when he planned to retire, Mr. Blackman, who is 86, joked, “I thought this was retirement.”
I saw Al at an American Airlines town hall last year. As far as I know he is still at work. Clearly, he likes what he does and has not grown tired of it. Good for him.
I feel that way most of the time. However, I hope I am not still working as an airport agent when I am his age. I have so many things I want to do and places to go during the second half of my life I simply can't be at the airport 40 hours a week. Already, I think my time away from the airport is as valuable as the bimonthly check I receive. In another 5 to 7 years that equation is likely to change and I will feel like I am wasting what time I have left.
So, here's to retirement Mr. Blackman.
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