Government Employee Nice Time: Meet America's Oldest Park Ranger, Betty Reid Soskin, 92


Let's have a nice-time awesomesauce round of applause for U.S. Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin, who at 92 is our oldest Park Ranger. Why are we writing about her? Some guytweeted about her. And she was beautiful. Then we read her Wiki page, and said holy shit, awesome park ranger lady! And then we decided that would make a better post than Obama holocausting us (AGAIN) by making us get health care. Born in Detroit, grew up in New Orleans until a hurricane destroyed her family's business in 1927, and then they moved to Oakland, California. Worked at a segregated union auxiliary during WWII, and ran a Berkeley record store after the war -- it's still in business. Wrote civil rights and peace songs during the '60s, worked for a couple of state assemblywomen, and helped develop the park where she now works as a tour guide and interpreter, Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.

And couldn't wait to get back to work last fall after the government shutdown ended. When we grow up, we want to be Betty Reid Soskin.

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