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Axe falls on Reagan tour guides 'for being too old'

by Mark5019 / October 10, 2005 2:06 PM PDT

Elderly volunteers at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library claim they have been barred from giving tours and welcoming visitors because they are too old - even though many are younger than the former president when he led the US.

Nearly 30 of the volunteers learned of their fate in a letter telling them that they were being relieved of their duties. They were awarded "emeritus" status and handed glass globes and certificates signed by Nancy Reagan.

Administrators deny that age was a factor in dismissing the volunteers, who are devoted to President Reagan. He was buried in the grounds of the library in the Simi Valley north of Los Angeles after his death last year aged 93.

But many of those affected, the majority of whom are

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If age wasn't a factor
by Diana Forum moderator / October 10, 2005 10:44 PM PDT

why was this stated? Kirby Hanson, who developed the emeritus programme, said that the decision to remove touring duties from some of the volunteers was based on the "physical and intellectual" rigours of the job following the doubling in size of the campus.

Sounds like they decided that certain people above a certain age couldn't handle the "physical and intellectual rigours". Wonder if anyone over 70 was kept.


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(NT) (NT) i hope they get a good lawyer
by Mark5019 / October 10, 2005 11:29 PM PDT
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