Three Minutes with Richard Kennedy

Richard Kennedy is a retired custodian for Stanfield Secondary School.

Richard Kennedy

Retired - former custodian at Stanfield Secondary School

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I moved here in 1950 — I was only 10 or 12 years old, so I didn't have much choice. My dad came here to work.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

I don't know whether I have a favorite — I just go to different places depending on what I want to eat that day.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I'm a coin collector — I collect foreign coins. You never know what you'll find. You may get one from 1895, or a brand new one. I collected pennies before I started off. The Stanfield Library has one of my books of pennies I set up.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

It's grown faster than what I realized. Hermiston was only about 4,000 people when I moved here.

What was the last book you read?

It was probably a coin book. If I pick up a book, it's going to be a coin book. I've got books on paper money and coins.

What app or website do you use most?

I don't own a computer. I don't even have a smartphone.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

I've already been where I want to go — Alaska. I went to Fairbanks for 15 days. We went to see a ballgame that started at midnight.

What is the funniest thing that's happened to you?

I don't know that it's funny — I've had a lot of enjoyment and good times. I was with a lady friend — she was handicapped — for 35 or 40 years. I used to take her fishing. Seeing her catch a fish made my day. She caught an 18 and a half inch trout one day — that was a fantastic day. We had a lot of memories. 

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

I wish the snow would get out of here — I want the roads clear so I can get out of here and go places.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

I'm lucky to be alive. I'll be 79 next month. I've been retired since March of 1999, and I've lived around here the whole time. 

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