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73-Year-Old Man Is Honored for His 59 Years as a McDonalds Employee

Nov 02, 2016

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When Willie Calhoun, affectionately known as “Mr. Willie”, began working for McDonald’s he was 14 years old, and Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. It was 1957 when he started his first shift at a Sandy Springs franchise. Fifty-nine years later, after working at several McDonald’s locations around metro Atlanta, he is a long-time employee of the restaurant on Peachtree Boulevard in Chamblee. The staff and management gathered at the store on Thursday to celebrate Calhoun’s 73rd birthday, and to acknowledge his long career with the company. A cake was decorated with chocolate roses, and inscribed, “Willie, 50 years service.” A number of employees came to the party on their day off, including a few who now work at other McDonald’s locations. The love they felt for Calhoun was clear from the hugs and smiles they gave him.