Tarry for the Nonce

October 12, 2005

Emeritus Status

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 2:08 pm

Do the older Americans have nothing to contribute?

Elderly volunteers at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library claim they have been barred from giving tours and welcoming visitors because they are too old – even though many are younger than the former president when he led the US.

Nearly 30 of the volunteers learned of their fate in a letter telling them that they were being relieved of their duties. They were awarded “emeritus” status and handed glass globes and certificates signed by Nancy Reagan . . .

“It was just ‘goodbye and don’t come back’,” said Norma Stafford, 75. “Basically all they said was that we were not needed any more. But as we went along we figured out that all of us were over 70 or had grey hair, some of us both.

“I guess they thought we wouldn’t be able to bounce around and were looking for younger people. But believe it or not, you can walk and talk in your 70s – as Mr Reagan did.”

By golly, I hope to be bouncing around in my 70s.



  1. Older Americans and Younger Americans will always have something to contribute because they will last forever. There are eternal promises to people (both young and old), but America itself, it is just temporary. America is just a youngling, and it’s life will be relatively short compared to its people.

    Comment by Brian — October 12, 2005 @ 3:12 pm

  2. Personally, I find this very appalling. Only in California could this type of thing happen. You never hear something like this coming from Reagan’s hometown or Lincoln’s hometown. What’s the world coming to when the elderly are not revered and appreciated for their history, their depth of character, and their ability to wander the halls. I think a lawsuit should be in order, but these blessed and dedicated souls will probably not sue, because they have too much character for that sort of thing.

    Thank God for Reagan’s ideals.

    Comment by Andrew P. — October 12, 2005 @ 3:34 pm

  3. My grandmother is…well…old-ER. and she’s got more steam than I do. I can’t wait until I’m nice and old, I’m hoping I get the the same amount of emergy that’s she’s got.

    Comment by Alistair A. — October 15, 2005 @ 10:10 am

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