Postal service employee retires after 61 years

Chicagoan Robert Neumann is retiring from the U.S. Postal Service after 61 years.
April 11, 2014 3:27:47 PM PDT
He's had one of the longest careers in the U.S. Postal Service, but after 61 years, Chicagoan Robert Neumann is retiring.

A party was held in his honor Friday at Chicago's main post office. When he began his career, a postal stamp cost 3 cents.

Initially, Neumann was a railroad clerk, sorting mail on a train that ran between Chicago and Nebraska. He went on to become a maintenance supervisor.

Neumann said if his doctors would let him, he'd keep working.

"And the wife really didn't want me to come back," he said. "She likes me around. I don't know why."

Neumann is known around the post office for his mechanical skills, earning him the nickname "MacGyver" after the TV character.