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Chester Reed, 95, the oldest employee of the U.S. Postal Service, retires

I like activity and I had a lot of time on my hands. When I first went to the post office in Riverside, they were interviewing a lot of people and it just so happened that they had an opening on the very day that I came in.

What's been your favorite part about the job?

I don't really have a favorite part, I liked all of it.

You never took a sick day in your 37 years. Have you ever worked sick?

Nope, I'm pretty healthy. . . . I eat onion sandwiches. It's very simple: You take two slices of bread, you put a lot of mayonnaise on either slice, then you cut a great big slice of onion and put it in between. The vinegar and the mayonnaise will kill the heat in the onion, and then you'll have a delicious sandwich, which is very healthy.

What did you drink with that?

Is there anything better than water?

Do you remember how many bosses you had in 37 years?

No, I sure don't, because most of them have been retired for a long time. Didn't keep score on that.

What do you make of the current financial condition of the Postal Service? Any advice on how it can survive?

That's not in my department, but I think one thing the Postal Service could do is to cut out Saturday delivery. We do Saturday delivery all over the nation, and it costs a lot of money. I would never miss it, I don't think most people would. Businesses might, but personally I think if I was the postmaster I'd cut it off right now.

-- Interview by Ed O'Keefe


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