I received this invitation from Ben's office the other day and I thought, Oh My Gosh, he's retiring in a little more than two weeks! Time does rush by!
Please come join us in celebrating the fantastic career of
After 28 years of civil service at the Library of Congress, Ben has decided to retire. His luncheon will take place January 29th from at Hunan Dynasty (215 Pennsylvania Ave., SE)
Ben started his career at the Library in 1978, as a librarian with CRS. In 1981, Ben decided he wanted to explore the world a little, and briefly left the Library, only to return in 1985, realizing it's the best place on Earth to work. He did manage to further his education in Computer Science while he went AWOL from LOC, and took on an unsatisfying job at Computer Science Corporation for a brief stint before returning to the Library. Upon his return, now armed and dangerous, he worked as a programmer with the Cataloging Distribution Service, making CD-ROM book catalogues, which were all the rage before Al Gore invented the Internet. In 1995, Ben transferred to ITS, working in application programming, and in 2000 he joined the storage team. Ever since, Ben has been working diligently to keep the ever-exploding storage and backup infrastructure intact.
I love the photo, don't you?