Gadsden man's career: 70 years and counting

Sidney Richardson

Retirement is something most people look forward to, but for 88-year-old Sidney Richardson, spending his golden years away from the working world hasn't crossed his mind.

The Gadsden resident has been employed at Goodyear since 1943, and the company is celebrating his career through several events. Friday, the state awarded him a certificate of recognition, and Wednesday, coworkers celebrated with a BBQ.

"When I get up in the morning five days a week, I know where I'm going," said Richardson. "I'm going to Goodyear. Eight hours a day."

Nicknamed "The Legend," Richardson started working at Goodyear's Gadsden plant June 22, 1943. The father of seven children and 15 grandchildren has had four jobs at the plant and currently works in the receiving department.

He believes he'd get bored if he retired.

"I don't have hobbies, so if I didn't work,{}I wouldn't have anything to do," he said in a news release. "I don't push checkers. I don't fish. I don't hunt. I just work. I figure I might as well stay out here so I'll have something to do."

Richardson is the longest-serving Goodyear associate worldwide.