When Johnny Harmon walked away from his job last month, he had logged nearly 36 years - and roughly 40,000 miles on foot - as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Danville.
"I walked all over town, and I made a thousand friends," Harmon said. "I really miss all those people, but I thought I'd move on out and give a young person a chance at a job."
Harmon, 55, got a similar break not long after he graduated from Boyle County High School in 1967. He headed off to college "but decided I was smart enough, so I quit." He joined the post office and never looked back. He spent 17 years as a foot carrier and 18 years on driving routes.
"Lyndon Johnson was president when I started. That's a long time ago," he said. "When I first began, there were 28 people employed there. Twenty-two of them are dead now. That 36 years went by so fast, you hardly realized they happened. It's been a pretty good job. It didn't make me rich, but it paid the bills."