AT&T honors four at retirement party
By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
Sept. 2, 2010 at 4:02 a.m.
Updated Sept. 4, 2010 at 4:04 a.m.
AT&T hosted a retirement party for four longtime employees July 31 at the Sweet Home American Legion.
Although individual parties are typically held for each retiree, the four men pooled their money for a larger-than-usual bash.
Robert Barrera, of Yoakum, retired Feb. 19, two days short of 39 years with the company.
He worked his way through the ranks as a cable splicer, cable repairman and, for the last four or five years, an air pressure technician.
Roger Boothe, of Cuero, started with the company in 1977 and worked in installation and repair. The Cuero High School graduate's career spanned 33 years.
J.D. Parker was a lineman who worked in the company's engineering and construction department. His time with the company was just shy of 33 years.
The Cuero High School graduate, and United States Marine Corps member, retired March 9.
David Kostelnik, a Hallettsville resident, was with the company for 32 years. He spent 23 years as a cable splicing technician and, in 2000, went into cable repair as a customer service technician.
Emerging technologies changed his job, he said, explaining laptop computers and cell phones allowed to keep in touch and work more efficiently.