Here’s a link to a heart-warming story in the Los Angeles Times. Lee Wesley Gibson is known to be the oldest living porter. He worked on the Union Pacific out of Los Angeles. According to the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum in Chicago, there are fewer than fifty porters still alive. Alas! In the years when I served as a host on the news and talk Group W Westinghouse radio station in Chicago I did a feature on the musical “On the Twentieth Century” that was opening in one of the city’s theatres. That was thirty years ago. The feature triggered a deluge of phone calls from retired porters, lounge car attendants, conductors and others who worked the many streamlined limiteds in and out of the Chicago terminals. It was the most interesting two hours of radio any rail fan could wish for. How I wish I now had a transcription of those hours knowing that most of those oral historians have passed.
Oldest Living Pullman Porter