“Older workers still punching the clock — for many different reasons” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

older workersBill Priatko, 86, of North Huntingdon … is a long-time soda fountain operator at Kennywood Park.” (Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)

by Tim Grant

“At 86 years old, Bill Priatko jump-starts every workday with a vigorous three-mile walk and 155 Marine-style pushups, getting energized for another five-hour shift working the soda fountain at Kennywood Park.

“’I don’t call it work,’ he said. ‘Really, it’s like a hobby. I come over here every morning, five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just enough for me to enjoy it. And I can’t wait to see the kids and work with them.’

“He starts the shift with a ritual that Rodgers and Hammerstein might appreciate and that his young co-workers seem to enjoy. ‘I sing this little ditty to them: ‘Oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh, what a beautiful day. I’ve got a wonderful feeling. Everything’s going our way.’

“And they all go ‘Yeah!’

“For Mr. Priatko, a former Pittsburgh Steeler, the job at the West Mifflin amusement park is a retirement gig.”

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