Reagan library volunteers claim age bias

Oct. 10, 2005 at 6:11 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A group of senior citizen volunteers say they were dismissed from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California because of their age.

They say the dismissals came even though most are no older than Reagan was as president.

"It was just 'goodbye and don't come back,'" Norma Stafford, 75, told the British newspaper, The Telegraph. "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."

The library presented almost 30 volunteers with glass globes, certificates signed by Nancy Reagan and the title of "emeritus." But they are not happy.

They point out that Reagan, who died last year at the age of 93, was almost 70 when he was sworn in as president and 77 when he left office in 1989.

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

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