11/14/2012 08:56 am ET

Pushing 80, and Still Punching the Clock

Caruthersville, Mo.

ON a recent Friday afternoon, Ralph Bruce stood at the entrance to the Lady Luck Casino, doing what he does for a living: checking identification and making gamblers feel welcome.

“How are you folks today?” he said, waving a middle-aged couple through the turnstile as slot machines babbled in the background. “Good luck to you!”

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