15 Apr '12, 5pm

New York’s oldest taxi driver recalls a life on Manhattan’s streets

‘Now a spry 92, Johnnie “Spider” Footman, New York’s oldest yellow cab driver, has seen plenty of change on the streets of Manhattan but has no intention of handing in his medallion any time soon. These days, the cigar-smoking and impeccably dressed taxi man picks up fares only at the weekend, preferably in the morning when the streets are quiet, and he tries to avoid long drives out to the airport or outer suburbs. But the famous New York streets and avenues are as familiar now as they were in 1937, when he first began driving after being sent away by his irate mother to live with an uncle because he was too much of a handful. Over the years, Mr Footman has driven hundreds of thousands of miles, and ferried numerous passengers to their destinations, including the movie stars John Wayne and Rock Hudson, always dressed in a smart shirt and tie. “In those days, everyone took...

Full article: http://nztaxiblog.com/2012/04/08/new-yorks-oldest-taxi-dr...

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