Hilton Hotel Bellhop Still Carrying Bags at 94
Jun. 25, 1991
CHICAGO (AP) _ Sam Cascio says he's still working at 94 because he doesn't want to ''get old.''
A bellhop at Chicago Hilton & Towers, where he has worked since 1927, Cascio still carries guests' baggage - 6 1/2 hours a day, four days a week.
''You got to give the guests service. If I can't give them service, then I'll retire,'' Cascio said Monday, which was his birthday.
And he doesn't want to retire because he doesn't know what he'd do.
''I might get old,'' he said.
A widower with four children, 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, Cascio was given a birthday party by his family Sunday and will get one at the Hilton on Thursday.
But he's used to partying.
''I drink two or three cans a beer and four shots of booze every day,'' said Cascio. ''But I don't get drunk.''
His secret to a long and healthy life?
''Don't eat much fat 3/8 I cut it off everything I eat,'' he said in a telephone interview from his suburban Melrose Park home.
Cascio was a construction worker at Union Station train depot in 1927 when he heard about jobs at the hotel, then the new Stevens Hotel. He started as an elevator operator, then switched to bellhopping.
Through those years, Cascio has carried the bags of some important people.
''Oh, let's see - Ike, FDR, Gene Autry, Truman,'' he remembered.
''I worked all my life, I never had it easy,'' he said. ''All jobs are the same. If you like it, you try to make the best of it.
''You try to make people happy and yourself happy. I give everybody a smile.''