At the age of 93, Los Angeles native Ruth Weinberg has no plans to retire.
“I feel that I am … how shall I say it … an asset to work in the office,” said Weinberg, who has worn many hats at Abell Auction Co. over the past 73 years.
“I did everything but auction,” she said. “I would answer the phone, do some bookkeeping and just everything.”
She has scaled back her workload, but every Thursday, Weinberg drives 35 miles from her home in Cheviot Hills to Abell’s gallery in Commerce. She also stays busy volunteering at the Skirball Center.
Weinberg took time off from work over the years to get married, have kids, and later care for her ill husband, but Abell always took her back.
“For me, I still enjoy seeing art and everything so that’s another thing that brings me here,” she said.
As a seasoned worker-bee, Weinberg does have a secret to staying in the game: “Just being a good, conscientious worker, and paying attention,” she said. “Not goofing off.”
But as for retirement, Weinberg says, “No, not as long as they still want me and I can still come.”