A Man With Many Hats

1 decade 11 months 21 hours ago Monday, November 20 2006 Nov 20, 2006 Monday, November 20, 2006 6:23:44 PM CST November 20, 2006 in News
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Jackson is proof no one is ever too old to start over. More than ten years ago, Jackson was a master electrician at the Thomas Hill Mines in Randolph County.

"I worked for Associated Electric in Moberly and all of a sudden the mine shut down. They weren't going to mine coal anymore," Jackson explained.

He was 53. At a time when most would be eyeing retirement, Jackson was faced with losing his job.

"I think the Lord looks after you, you lose one job and you start worrying and along comes another job," Jackson said.

So, instead of throwing in his hat, Jackson put on another one. He became the building superintendent for the Broadway Medical Plazas. When people aren't feeling well, Jackson's the one who makes them comfortable.

"Climate control is a big issue in a big building like this and he's constantly up there dealing with heat compressors and exchangers and things like that," orthopedic surgeon Dr. Wilson Beckett said.

Jackson's work has earned him a reputation among co-workers and bandmates.

"People see him as a very honorable and respectable man. People see him as a person who's easy to work with. He does everything he says he's going to do," Austin Tipton from Saggy Bottom Boys said.

Jackson doesn't go to work every day because he has to.

"He could retire at any time but I think he stays at it because he's good. And he is a real necessity around here. And he's the perfect building superintendent. All you have to do is ask him to do one thing and it's immediately done," Dr. Beckett said.

Jackson has his own reasons for sticking around.

"Makes me happy. I get to do the things I want to do," Jackson said.

He is now 66 year old and loved by his family and the doctors he works with.

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