San Francisco Earthquake Survivor, still at work.

The 101st anniversary of the Great San Francisco Earthqake was last Wednesday. There was a ceremony to mark the occasion, but only one earthqake survivor was healthy enough to attend: 104-year-old Herbert Hamrol. Hamrol said work is one of the secrets to his long life.
He still holds down a job rearranging the merchandise at Andronico's supermarket in the Sunset District two days a week.

"I like what I do and they like me,'' he said. He said he'd worked for Andronico's for 50 years, more or less, and he plans to be back on the job today as usual. "The retirement benefits are good there,'' he said.

Link to story. Link to video from last year. -via Metafilter

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I saw Herbert at the 100th anniversary on Market St. A close friend who was there, had a grandfather who was in the 1906 Earthquake too, and the man wrote letters for two weeks to my friend's future grandmother.

As a historical publisher, I then produced a book about the disaster, using the letters, including 250 photos -- over 100 had never been published.

The book, Two Weeks in San Francisco is one man's story of the great Earthquake and Fire.
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