Not-so-mean Mr. Green

LONG LAKE - It seems that a lifetime of service is a hard habit to break, and such is the case of George Green.

For more than 65 years, Green has served his country and community and he shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Green is fast approaching his 83rd birthday, but that hasn't slowed him down. Five mornings a week he works as a Hamilton/Warren County Office of the Aging Meals on Wheels driver, delivering food, medications, mail and most importantly a smile to the elderly of Long Lake.

"It's what gets me out of bed each morning," Green said. "I just feel better about myself and the world."

As a teen-ager, Green enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II. Following the war he finished his high school education and was promptly accepted into the University of Missouri at Columbia where he majored in German and Russian.

Green then spent the rest of his professional life as a linguist with the Central Intelligence Agency during the height of the Cold War, retiring in 1976.

After retiring, he returned to Long Lake where he had spent much of his childhood at his father's hunting camp.

Green has been driving for Meals on Wheels for more than 25 years, he said.

Long Lake Supervisor Gregg Wallace said he estimates Green has impacted more than 50,000 lives during his tenure.

"He absolutely amazes me," Wallace said. "One day we sat down and did some figures - if you add up his daily stops, plus all the mail delivery and meds he picks up for people, he has worked on over 50,000 individual cases - that's 10 times the number of people in Hamilton County."

One of Green's daily stops is at the house of Joanne Emerson. He swings his SUV into her driveway and she hops into the back seat.

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