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May is Older Americans Month and we're sharing stories from San Franciscans 80 years and older as part of the "80 Over 80" project.

80 Over 80 San Francisco: Charles George

Charles George, 98-years-old
Anna Chodos
Charles George, 98-years-old

Charles George is nearing 100 years and grateful every day for the family he has, the friends who call to check on him, and, before the pandemic, the time he spent at his local gym. He grew up in North Carolina, worked in many jobs but found some training as a chemist and built on this, ultimately taking a job with the Navy. That brought him to a job in San Francisco in the Navy Shipyards and, with his family, here to stay. He held other jobs in San Francisco, including in the U.S. Mint. Throughout his career he weathered frequent discrimination as an African-American, but he continued to do the best work he could.

Click the play button above to listen to an excerpt from his interview with the 80 Over 80 San Francisco project. You can find his full profile and interview at the link below.

Ozzy Llinas Goodman is a freelance writer and journalist based in Berkeley. Their reporting interests include the uses and policing of public space, underground communities and solidarity economies, and other topics related to human movement, urban space, and civil rights.
Angela Johnston is the Senior Producer of Uncuffed and an editor in the KALW newsroom. She holds a Master’s degree in journalism and graduated from KALW’s Audio Academy program. She’s worked for KALW in numerous roles - from the deputy news director, to the health and environment reporter, and she's covered everything from lead poisoning to climate change. Her work has aired on KALW, KQED, Reveal, and The Pulse. She also freelances as a producer and editor for Cosmic Standard and AFAR Media. Outside of work, she loves to swim in the bay, surf small waves on her longboard, read, backpack, cook, and garden.