Option of 30 Years and Out
Male, 65, married, three children
Education: high school graduate
Job Status: machinist, gauge repair, 30 years with an automobile manufacturer
Retirement Income: $12,000
Health: reported fair
Retirement Category: early-voluntary, retired for 12 years
When I first started working, the job was a means to an end--I had a family to support. When I got my skilled job, I was interested and enjoyed my work. I put my all into it; I gave them eight hours of work.
My job as a repairman brought me into contact with a lot of people and I made a number of friends. When I retired, my friends from the production department and the skilled trades donated to a retirement gift.
When I was working, I really looked forward to retirement. We had our house paid for and the bills were getting paid, so we made the decision that we could retire and live on our income. Retirement meant that we wouldn't have to get up early in the morning and go to work, although I enjoyed my job. The job was getting more difficult because of the training and schooling involved, and at my age of 53, I couldn't comprehend any more.