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The 1995 Operator of the Year is Donald W. Licht

Donald W. Licht

On March 19, 1994, Don celebrated his 35th anniversary as a transit operator. During his career with Metro he has maintained an exemplary record. Chosen previously for operator of the month in 1978 and 1982, Don has earned a 32 year safe driving award and has 60 commendations.

He moved to Seattle from Minneapolis a couple of years after being discharged from the army. He had been searching for a job for three months, but being new to the area, he had not considered applying for the bus driving job offered by Seattle Transit. Finally, out of desperation, he answered the add and was hired in 1959.

Don credits his "positive attitude" as the key to his success as an operator. Being stationed in Germany allowed Don to travel extensively in Europe. He has returned to Europe five times, also visiting Russia, Estonia and Greece. His other great pleasures are watching old movies and reading.