I wonder if it is some sort of cosmic
coincidence, that the Port Authority of NY & NJ and I share the same
birthday. I am sort of from a PA family. My uncle Lawrence Kendall
worked in the PA until his retirement. So did his son, Robert T.
I had never thought that I would be part
of this organization until June of 1969. A neighbor’s daughter worked
for PATH. Her father told my stepfather of a job opening as a conductor.
I had recently graduated from college, but was having trouble finding
employment due to a 1A draft classification. I went to PATH headquarters
in the old Hudson Terminal. I was subsequently hired. The neighbor’s
daughter was Karen Matthews, the first female PATH Superintendent of
An amusing anecdote: another new
hire and I were sent to Holland Tunnel medical. We were told to remove
our clothes and wait for a doctor to examine us. We wound up sitting
naked on a plastic chair for over an hour, looking out a window watching
vehicles exiting the tunnel, until either Dr. Grossman or Dr. Nicosia
I worked for 38 years. I was at the World
Trade Center on 9/11/ 01. I had many diverse experiences in all those
years. In all, the Port Authority provided a decent living and decent
working conditions. I have no regrets.